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The mission of The Second City Training Center is to teach the skills which underlie the work on our resident stages. The classes, taught by professionals working in their fields, are dedicated to helping students develop their artistic voice, both individually and within an ensemble, and to provide the tools and techniques needed to express that voice.

How do you enroll in classes?

Register Online – You can see all scheduled class times and if space is available through our website. Check out our full variety of classes for Adults and Kids & Teens. Once enrolled you will receive confirmation via e-mail.

Our phone number is 312-664-3959.

Payment must be made at the time of enrollment in order to secure your spot in class. Payment plans are available.

Where are classes held?

Currently we're offering all of our classes online!

Training Center Programs

2019 Adult View Details

These are our remaining available classes for 2019. If you wish to view our adult 2020 classes please click HERE

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2019 Kids View Details

These are our remaining available classes for 2019. If you wish to view our kids 2020 classes please click HERE

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Online View Details

Can’t make it to one of our 3 Training Center locations? Try an Online Class! Drawing upon the groundbreaking work of The Second City and…

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School Programs View Details

The Second City offers a variety of educational workshops that focus on teamwork, collaboration, risk-taking, and effective communication. Each year we bring our unique brand of…

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Adult View Details

Drawing upon the groundbreaking work of The Second City and the many legendary performers who have played on its stages, we have become the largest…

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Kids View Details

Kids and Teens can take a class with The Second City too! We welcome all experience levels. Kids Comedy Classes are led by performers/instructors who…

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Additional Info

Important Dates

Class Term Dates

  • Term 1 2020

    Jan 06

    Mar 01

  • Term 2 2020

    Mar 02

    Apr 26

  • Term 3 2020

    Apr 27

    Jun 28

  • Term 4 2020

    Jun 29

    Aug 29

  • Term 5 2020

    Aug 31

    Oct 25

  • Term 6 2020

    Oct 26

    Dec 20

Holiday Closures

  • Memorial Day

    May 25

  • Independence Day

    Jul 04

  • Thanksgiving

    Nov 25

    Nov 27

  • Christmas

    Dec 24

    Dec 25

Being A Student

Being a Student

All Training Center policies and procedures are available in our student handbook.

Second City Ticket Deals - Training Center students can get FREE tickets for Second City Mainstage or e.t.c. shows for Sunday-Thursday performances if the show is not sold out. Monday tickets can only be picked up 10 minutes before show time; all others can be reserved in person within one hour of show time.

Students can get FREE walk-up tickets for Severn Darden Graduate Program shows. Come see our talented grads every Saturday night at 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30 in the de Maat Studio Theatre.

Students also receive discounted admission to shows in Donny's Skybox, de Maat Studio Theater, Beat Lounge, and Blackout Cabaret. Free tickets are available for all class performances, including the Conservatory Level 6 shows on Mondays at 8pm in the e.t.c. Theater.

All shows subject to availability. Visit or call the Second City Box Office at 312-337-3992.

Local Business Discounts - Take advantage of these unique offerings available only to students of The Second City Training Center. All you need is your student card given to you on the first day of class! To receive a discount you must show your Training Center ID card.

If your business would like to engage with our students by providing discounts or special offers, contact Rosie Chevalier.

1959 Kitchen & Bar - 15% off food and drink.

The Book Cellar - 20% off any book purchase.

Delightful Pastries - Free coffee with pastry purchase.

Dinotto - 10% discount available at lunch or dinner with current student ID. Open until 11pm weekdays, midnight on Friday & Saturday. Not valid with any other discounts.

Direction Photoworks - Direction Photoworks is a full service print boutique for Talent Industry Professionals. Now offering digital headshot prints 25 for $25, www.directionphotoworks.com.

King Crab - 20% discount (1816 N Halsted). Take a look at their menu at kingcrabchicago.com.

Kingston Mines - Free admission Sunday through Thursday.

Nookies Restaurant - 10% off entire bill (Old Town location only, 1746 N Wells).

Old Town Pour House - 10% off your bill (1 table/1 visit).

XSPORT Fitness - $35/month + $35 maintenance fee

Zipcar - Students join for $25/year (over 50% off). Visit zipcar.com/sctc-students for more info.

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