The Second City

CONTACT
Bob Knuth
Creative Director
ADDRESS
1616 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60614
PHONE
(312) 664-4032
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The Second City

The Second City is synonymous with Chicago and comedy – and rightfully so. Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago’s north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire, building a robust $55+ million business based on its core improvisational methodologies. Resident theatres in Chicago and Toronto create topical sketch comedy revues that satirize politics, culture and news of the day. Additionally, Second City performs thousands of shows each year in regional theaters, colleges, performing arts centers and through an exclusive partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. Beyond its stages, The Second City created the foremost school of improvisation-based arts in the world with training facilities in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles that currently enroll over 11,000 students annually; a corporate division that works with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in areas of training, marketing, entertainment and brand services; and The Second City’s forays into television and new media include the classic, Emmy Award-winning comedy series SCTV and continues to produce new content and programming.

  • Over 50 years in the Old Town/Lincoln Park Neighborhood
  • Live comedy shows seven nights a week
  • 1959 Restaurant and Bar onsite and open for pre or post-show food and drinks
  • Renowned Training Center offers classes and camps for all ages and skill levels
  • Group pricing and packages available

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