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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 catalog of classes. Once enrolled you will receive confirmation via e-mail.

Come in person or call – Our phone number is 312-664-3959. We’re open Monday through Thursday 10am to 10pm, Friday 10am to 7pm, and 11am to 7pm on weekends.

Payment must be made at the time of enrollment in order to secure your spot in class. Payment plans are available. New Students, there is a one-time student membership fee of $20 which will automatically be added to your tuition.

Where are classes held?

Most classes are held at The Second City Training Center in the Piper’s Alley building, 230 W North Avenue in Old Town. A small number of specialty classes may also take place at offsite locations. Classrooms are confirmed within a week of the class start time. We also have online classes!

Training Center Programs

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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 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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The Second City offers a variety of special workshops from educational to in-class to question-and-answer panels with special visiting artists. Each year we bring our…

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Additional Info

Important Dates

Adult Program Dates

  • Term 4 2018

    Jun 26

    Aug 22

  • Term 5 2018

    Aug 27

    Oct 22

  • Term 6 2018

    Oct 23

    Dec 21

  • Term 1 2019

    Jan 07

    Mar 03

  • Term 2 2019

    Mar 04

    Apr 28

  • Term 3 2019

    Apr 29

    Jun 24

Kids & Teens Program Dates

  • Fall (1) 2018

    Aug 28

    Oct 22

  • Fall Mid-term 2018

    Sep 25

    Nov 19

  • Fall (2) 2018

    Oct 23

    Dec 21

Holiday Closures

  • Thanksgiving

    Nov 21

    Nov 23

  • Christmas

    Dec 24

    Dec 25

  • Memorial Day

    May 27

  • Independence Day

    Jul 04

  • Labor Day

    Sep 02

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.

VIP Pass – The Second City Training Center VIP Pass is an all-access pass to ALL shows in the Second City Training Center for one low price! Each term you have the option to renew your subscription and gain access to any shows taking place in Donny’s Skybox, the de Maat Studio Theater, Judy’s Beat Lounge, or the Blackout Cabaret. It’s the best way to get the best deal for some of the best comedy in the city!

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,

King Crab – 15% discount (1816 N Halsted).

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).

Old Town Social – Join Old Town Social every Tuesday for Industry Night! Training Center students receive 50% off food and drinks. DJ Adam will be playing the best and weirdest videos of the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s!

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

Zipcar – Students join for $25/year (over 50% off). Visit for more info.


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