Make a wish! It’s The Second City’s 111th Revue Don’t Quit Your Daydream! Leave your 9 to 5 grind behind and join our extraordinary ensemble as you take the test to get into Black Heaven, get a hot flash inside the world of post-menopausal Barbie, and navigate the rules of having an imaginary friend with benefits. But beware! Someone’s dad could be lurking around any corner ready to tell a joke... Immerse yourself in a deadass hilarious reality conjured up at The Second City.
Tuesdays - Thursdays at 8PM
Fridays – Saturdays at 7PM and 10PM
Sundays at 7PM
Step into a dimension of kaleidoscopic hilarity with The Second City e.t.c’s 47th Revue Oh, The Places You’ll Glow! Our incandescent ensemble leads the journey through a luminous wonderland of wit and satire where they weigh the politics of a one-night stand, explore an unconventional school for troubled youth, and find out who REALLY runs hell. A laugh riot spectacle of sound and fury resplendent with color; Oh, The Places You’ll Glow! is sure to illuminate your heart.
Thursdays @ 8:00pm
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00pm & 10:00pm
Sundays @ 7:00pm
Are you tired of the same-old holiday reruns? Then dash through the snow (grey slush) to The Second City for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Sweater. Festive family gatherings, office parties, classic holiday movies, and Mariah Carey’s entire catalogue will all get roasted like chestnuts on an open fire in this fast-paced, interactive comedy revue stuffed with seasonal songs, sketches, and of course, a generous helping of our world-famous improv comedy.
November 20-December 31
Bring your band of merrymakers as we scramble together two of everyone’s favorites, comedy and brunch, for a scrumptiously seasonal breakfast with a totally improvised experience from the city’s finest. Whether you side on the Naughty or the Nice List, come enjoy mimosas...we don’t judge. Food and mimosas are available a la carte.
Sundays @ Noon
November 19-December 31
Second City invites you to their most interactive show to date, You Got Gamed!
It’s the world-famous comedy of the Second City mixed with the excitement of a live gameshow! Action! Intrigue! Laughter! All in one show!
Come see Chicago’s best comedians square off with each other AND you in a 60-minute thrill ride that will leave you cheering! Prizes will be won! Laughs will be had! It’s all the best parts of having people over for trivia, without the clean-up!
TUESDAYS @ 8:30pm
WEDNESDAYS @ 8:30pm
Snuggle up with laughter this holiday season as The Second City’s presents its newest holiday tradition Cuffing Season's Greetings - a fully-improvised show filled with hilarious improv, festive games, audience participation, and so many surprises. This one-hour fully improvised show is full of merriment and cheer that you won't find anywhere else. Come and experience the joy of comedy this holiday season!
November 24-December 9
Fridays & Saturdays @ 11:00pm
The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketch comedy and songs from our comedy vaults updated for the modern era, as well as some of our newest classics and our trademark improvisation performed by The Second City Touring Company’s best and brightest…and funniest!
Mondays at 8PM
Saturdays & Sundays at 3PM
The Black Excellence Revue is more than a comedy show - it's a celebration of Black Joy.
Chicago giving you the winter blues? The Black Excellence Revue is here to bring much-needed warmth. Brimming with brand new songs, sketches, and - of course- The Second City's world-renowned style of improv, this cast of future stars are delivering an unforgettable night. And, just like at the Apollo, you are a part of the show. Get your tickets now because this show SOLD OUT last year.
February 2nd – May 25th
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Improv! Comedy! Excitement!
An all-new improvised show featuring faculty and students of the Second City Training Center.
Sunday @ 7:30pm
Ho-ho-hold on to your butts because your favorite improvised musical is celebrating the holidays through the rest of the year.
Baby Wants Candy (New York Times: "Critics' Pick. Truly Amazing!", The Onion: "Highly Recommended") is one of the world’s most celebrated and well-reviewed improvisational ensembles, performing over 4,500 completely improvised musicals around the globe. And now BWC's amazingly popular holiday shows are BACK!
You shout out the holiday title, we make up the holiday musical.
Come prepared with your best holiday themed suggestion and watch as we make the magic happen!
Some of our favorite past holiday titles include: “The 40-Year Old Virgin Mary", "Honey Baked Hamilton", "The Hand That Rocks The Dreidel", and "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus"
Come make Baby Wants Candy your new annual family tradition!
Saturdays at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
After getting a single suggestion, the cast of six professional comedians asks the audience to choose a detective. Enjoy as they invent a tale of crime, secrets, and scandals right before your eyes. The performers will keep track of facts, follow leads, and conclude who is the murderer, all while you take in a comedy experience unlike any you’ve seen before. During the show, they’ll employ the tropes, character archetypes, and influences of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Nick and Nora Charles, Encyclopedia Brown, and just a dash of Scooby-Doo.
Comedy supergroup Baby Wants Candy presents "Shamilton!", the Hamilton-inspired hip hop improvised musical created in 2016 in LA and playing to sold out crowds all over the place, including the Kennedy Center in DC, a national touring company and weekly sold out shows in New York and LA.
Join the Shamilton cast as they improvise an epic musical based on a historical figure or celebrity of your choosing...including Genghis Khan, Kim Kardashian, Mr. Rogers, or even basketball playing superdog Air Bud. You decide!
A one hour improvised sitcom with no intermission. Cue the laugh track- it's a very special episode of your favorite long running tv show! The gang gets up to the same 'ol wacky shenanigans that you remember in this one hour comedy show done in front of a live audience (that's you!) but this time it's completely made up on the spot! Watch all the will-they-won't-theys, loveable bad bosses, and zany next door neighbors that tv raised you on now with much lower budgets!
Two improv teams battle it out in a series of hilarious game show inspired short form improv challenges like Spelling Spree, Game that Tune, Price Device and more! Their comedic fate lies with the titular role itself, the Wheel of Improv, dictating what suggestion everyone must use to improvise. Whichever team earns the most points gets to headline with an improv montage that very evening!
Talented newcomers from The Second City Training Center's improv program take the stage for a run of fantastic short form improv.
Take Two is a longform, narrative show consisting of TWO never-before-seen, made-up-on-the-spot movies! Give us a song, we’ll give you a movie! Based on a song lyric supplied by the audience, this group of movie buffs use their knowledge of cinema and genre to create two sometimes-logical 30 minute movies, making fun of the tropes found in your favorite genres: Romcoms, horror, action, holiday, and more! Take Two is a celebration of the things we love about our favorite flicks!
Take Two is a longform, narrative show consisting of TWO never-before-seen, made-up-on-the-spot movies!
Fridays @ 7:00pm
Haunted: The Improvised Ghost Hunters brings you a brand new, never-before-seen "episode" every week! "Haunted" is a longform improvised comedy show in which a group of "hunters" investigates the "haunted person, place, or thing" suggested by the audience. The show features camera-style edits, including flashbacks and confessionals. "Haunted" was created in 2021 and nominated for Chicago Reader's 2021 Best of Chicago "Best improv team." "Haunted" recently performed at Cornservatory, Madison Comedy Week and Yippiefest at the Den Theater.
Fridays @ 7 PM
A Black produced quality comedy show. Booking the best comics in the city of Chicago.
Every Sunday @ 8:30 PM
Assigned Reading presents: Hit Me With Your Best Plot, a sketch show that is dramatically weird and weirdly dramatic. In this anthology, compiled by our cast of both book lovers and those who never did the assigned reading, you’ll find tales that amused and enthrall, perhaps a few that make you question your perception of reality. Do not miss this show because there are no CliffNotes or SparkNotes.
Written & Performed by: Kelsi Miller, Carlos Rivera, Corey Drennon, Anderson Freitas, Jamie McInerney, Tyshawn Chrisp, Luke Moghimi Connell, Alyse Dionne, Andrew Liguori, Aaron Krusniak, and Maria Bluck
Director: Luke Moghimi Connell
Musical Director: Yuxin Lu
Stage Manager: Dujuan Pritchett
Light the tree AND the menorah! The Holiday Season is HERE! Your present is an hour of sketch comedy from BearWithUs!
"Eggnogschtick made me believe in Christmas!" - Ebeneezer Scrooge
"Ohhh I get it. Like Agnostic." - Paula Harrington
"Is it Jack Bones?" - Allison
Starring: Allison Cochrane, Andrew Cochrane, Alyssa Shuster, Collin O'Connell, Chris Larson, & Haley Beglau
Directed By: Edgar Nevarez
Musical Director: Craig McNabb
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see The Nutcracker performed with no rehearsal? Our show is like that. Except less dancing. And more rehearsal. F*&K It, The Nutcracker explores the ups and downs of the holiday season – and trying to get it perfect. We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best ways – just like those siblings from that one Folger’s commercial. As Tchaikovsky once said – “Come to this show.”
November 3rd – December 1st
Fridays @ 9:00pm
Olde Style Stand-Up Comedy from Chicago’s Best Stand Up Comedians
January 5th - 26th
Fridays @ 7:30pm
Who are you when you are with your bestie? Who are you when you are alone with your thoughts? Who are you when you... poop? In "Sh*t Talk!", this powerhouse cast of women deconstructs the difference between the private self, the public persona, and the times one feels most themselves. This vibrant sketch revue features wacky characters, relatable songs, and hot girls doing hot girl sh*t.
November 18th – December 2nd
Saturdays @ 8:30pm
Seems these days that everyone is trying to ruin the world. And we say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! More specifically, join us on a journey of madness and mayhem as we explore our increasingly chaotic existences.
November 6th – 27th
Mondays @ 8:00pm
An enthusiastic eight member cast play improv games influenced and inspired by the TV show Who's Line Is It Anyway
November 2nd – 30th
Thursdays @ 10:00pm
Whether you’re a work in progress or on the hot mess express.... Enjoy an evening of Valentine’s-themed laughs with your family, friends, and LinkedIn network!
February 3rd – 17th
Saturdays @ 9:00pm
America Runs on Women is back in the Blackout Cabaret with all new sketches. We’re an
all-female sketch team here to remind you that women are ________ (adjective). Not sure how to fill in the blank? Come see our show to find out. This show is relatable. This show is empowering. This show is unfortunately still not sponsored by Dunkin'.
We’ll be having a special preview on February 10 – with thirty extra minutes of content. We’ll need your laughter as feedback for what makes the final cut.
Written and performed by Charlsie Bastian, Maddy Casale, Shelby Deutsch, Hannah Perez, Ashley G., Robbins, Erica Salas, Aubree Thelen, and Rae Wagner. Directed and produced by Elizabeth Fulton.
Go all in on longform improv with host team Lavalier. Six teams play for a chance to win completely worthless prizes awarded by our esteemed panel of improv judges, followed by a performance by the judges themselves. Seven teams, six weeks, two hours of hilarious improv comedy. Nothing has been scripted or prepared in advance. It will all be made up before your very eyes!
Tuesdays @ 6:00pm
Onward and... Off My Parents' Health Insurance is a new sketch comedy revue exploring the rocky transition into real adulthood. From dealing with health insurance, to the workplace, relationships, and changing family dynamics, this show explores what it means to "come of age" in 2023. Performances include sketch comedy, improvisations, and original musical numbers.
January 6th – 27th
Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Three comedy groups and an assortment of adoptable puppies performto benefit PAWS Chicago. Salsation, Improvised Ghost Hunters and The Stuntmen will the take the stage.
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
December 9th @ 7:00pm
Just My Imagination is a variety show centering around the colorful daydreams of this attention deficit disorderly duo.
Liz and Willis cordially invite you to take a stroll through the character driven ideoscape that occupies all of their waking and non-waking hours. Between Scottish best friends on a voyage of a lifetime, Danish inventors turning a game show on its head, and a host of spindly dance moves - Just My Imagination will inspire you to dream more, especially with those you love.
Join us as we laugh, cry, and wonder why their brains function this way at all
January 18th – February 22th
Thursdays @ 7:00pm
Los Improviachis - the world's only improvised mariachi band - perform another set of Improviachi classics for the holidays with a ton of audience participation! They also invited a few friends to join in on the fun!
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Friday @ 9:00pm
Millennials take on Generation X in a battle to see which generation is funnier. The audience votes at the end of the show. Featuring some of the best comics in Chicago, Hosted by Todd Glover.
January 5th – 26th
Fridays @ 7:30pm
Ten Dollar Comedy is a weekly showcase featuring some of Chicago's best improv, stand up, and sketch comedy – all for only $10.
Ten Dollar Comedy is produced and hosted each week by the Ten Dollar Comedians, a comedy collective featuring a rotating cast who have performed all over the world together and individually.
Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM