Your Guide to Chicago’s Iconic Comedy Scene

By Dustin Ford The Chicago comedy scene is more alive than ever before. For years, Chicago has stood as a home for many of the nation’s funniest people. There are many iconic comedy clubs scattered around the Windy City, each one has something to say. The Second City The Second City is an improv comedy...

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By Dustin Ford

The Chicago comedy scene is more alive than ever before. For years, Chicago has stood as a home for many of the nation’s funniest people. There are many iconic comedy clubs scattered around the Windy City, each one has something to say.

The Second City

The Second City is an improv comedy hotspot that is proud to have spawned so many renown

professional comedians. In addition, the Secord City offers classes in improv, comedy writing, acting, and film production.

Up Comedy Club

This club is actually an extension of the Second City; it’s a popular comedy club with a ful restaurant and bar You can find multiple special shows each night performed by some of the professionals from the Second City. You’re guaranteed to have a good time.

The Comedy Bar

This bar has two separate stages for housing stand up, the spacious main stage on the 3 rd floor and the intimate Brewery stage located next to craft beer bar. Come for the great food and drinks, stay for the open mic night. Those two things always go well together.

Chicago Underground Comedy

Known as an “alt-comedy heaven” this stage has hosted some innovative and off-beat acts. This isn’t your average comedy club; this place embraces a different type of comedian.

The IO theater

This improv comedy club also has a history of upbringing famous comedians. There are many different special improve shows, such as Improvised Shakespeare and Whirled News Tonight.

Ramon Gomez, The Gwen

Zanies

Nationally-known headliners make Zanies a perfect spot for a night of stand-up comedy. Zanies has been a Chicago staple for decades and comedy specials are frequently filmed here, too.  In addition to awesome lineups every night of the week, they have a great cocktail list that you’ll love.

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