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The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, and has since grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theatre and school of improvisation. The Second City has launched the careers of John Belushi, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and many others.
Located in Northwestern Illinois, near Oregon and Rockford, White Pines Inn resembles a pioneer village with 25 authentic one-room log cabins with gas fireplaces. Set among the towering pines, the cabins have beautiful hardwood floors the color of maple syrup. Each cabin has a queen, hand-hewn log bed with a double bed trundle underneath, and a private bath. There are 13 one-room cabins with open-beamed ceilings. There are 12 additional cabins built in groups of four under one roof.
For 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more, in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.
Hilarious improvised comedy that combines live action, video, and the audience! Family-friendly and grown up shows every weekend starring Chicago's top improv comedians.
Enjoy comedians, big bands, burlesque, drag shows, and more at the Speakeasy. This intimate club offers live performances throughout the year to fit a variety of tastes. The Speakeasy features a bar, simple menu, and performance seating at small and large tables. To see what's coming up next at the Speakeasy visit http://circa21.com/speakeasy.asp
Enter through the back door under the L train tracks, give the password and experience Chicago during the Roaring '20s. Enjoy dinner and an interactive musical comedy revue with gangsters and flappers.
Since 1978, Zanies has presented the best in stand-up comedy. Past performers have included Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Richard Lewis. Photo Credit: ©Adam Alexander Photography
World famous comedy club seats 375. Private booths, cabaret seating, open 7 days a week, private events, group outings.
The State Farm Center™, formerly the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, is one of the two largest edge-supported domes in the world. More than half a million people annually attend events at the center. The 16,000 plus seat venue regularly accommodates Broadway shows, musicals and major concert performers.
The plush Rosemont Theatre is your ticket to lavish Broadway musicals, full-scale productions and world-class entertainers. We also get raves for our extra-wide aisles, on-site parking, and our superior sound system. The Theatre presents unforgettable show-going experiences.
Welcome! The NEW, BIGGER AND BETTER Donnie B’s Comedy Club is located in the Route 66 Hotel on South Sixth Street. Come check out the new bar, Donnie B’s Den!
When you think about Chicago you think Improv Comedy. And when Chicago improvisers think improv they think The Playground Theater. The Playground is the Chicago Improvisers improv theater. This performer run comedy club features the best in Chicago improv and sketch comedy. With shows 7 nights a week, The Playground is a perfect place to start your night with a friends and a laugh.
Jukebox Comedy Club is one of the longest-running locally-owned comedy clubs in the country, in operation since November of 1990! Jukebox Comedy Club brings nationally-recognized comedians to an intimate (230 seat) room with great sound and lighting. The club includes a 2000 square foot bar/lounge when you first enter and the comedy room in the back of the building. Bartenders take care of your needs out front and waitresses take care of you during the shows. Reservations are always recommended but pop-in's are allowed as long as a show is not sold out. Experiencing a great comedy show in a comedy club is the best way to enjoy stand-up! You're up-close, the vibe is amazing and you can actually meet the stars after the show!
Recently named one of the Top Ten Theatres in Chicago by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount continues to provide world-class entertainment—including dance, music, Broadway-caliber theatre, and children’s programming—for an annual audience of 150,000 patrons from over 250 communities. The Paramount also hosts free community events and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or corporate galas. (Photography: Liz Lauren & Charles Osgood)
The World famous Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant will give you the ultimate comedy experience. We are the premiere destination for the country's top headliners and the best showcase for new talent.
Popular comedians perform at Zanies, providing an evening of laughter and fun. The "sister" of the legendary downtown Zanies has been making the western suburbs laugh with the same great talent for over 20 years.
The Apollo Theater in Chicago is a lush venue with a prestigious reputation located in the fashionable Lincoln Park Theatre District. Its repertiore includes a fresh blend of comedies, musicals and special events.
Experience the grandeur of world-class artists and Broadway theatricals in the beautifully restored Genesee Theatre. After undergoing a $23 million renovation, The Genesee Theatre is now home to world-class performances including Broadway shows, musical acts, comedians and more. In addition to the shows, this venue is a historic hot-spot for weddings, corporate functions, holiday parties, and a variety of special events. There are also a number of completely renovated auxiliary rooms connected to the main auditorium that are perfect for receptions, birthdays, high school reunions, corporate dinners, cocktail parties, or any other festive gathering, meeting, or presentation. Visit the website for a list of upcoming shows.
The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, and has since grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theatre and school of improvisation. The Second City has launched the careers of John Belushi, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and many others. Dinner/show packages available. Call or log on for specific show information.
Improv comedy played as a sport! It's ComedySportz - every Friday and Saturday night at The Establishment theatre in The District of Rock Island! Our matches feature competitive team vs. team improv comedy complete with a referee and fouls. All ComedySportz matches are Rated E For Everyone. For tickets to our matches, contact The Establishment Box Office or purchase tickets online.
Whether you're here to watch improv or stand-up, you're in for a great time! Come early and enjoy a drink and the thousands of pieces of comedy memorabilia that puts the "shrine" in The Comedy Shrine. Interested in classes? We have those too! You are never too old or too young to try your hand at comedy. Check out our website for upcoming class dates and prices.
UP Comedy Club presents an eclectic mix of comedy seven days a week featuring the best in Chicago stand-up, sketch and improv comedy. The club also features a full service kitchen and bar with a no drink minimum.
pH is a comedy theater in Chicago that has been putting on original comedic work since 2002. pH shows are a fully participatory experience and you will leave most every show having had a hand in its outcome. pH also strives to be an affordable alternative for your entertainment dollar, with most shows falling around $10 per ticket.
ComedySportz is the longest running short-form improv show in Chicago. Now in our 25th year! It's not stand-up comedy about sports...it's improv comedy played as a sport! We're also known for corporate training and corporate entertainment, improv classes and as a great place for any group celebrating a special occasion. If you like great comedy improvisation, visit our theater, the ComedySportz Theatre.
Donny’s Skybox Theatre and the de Maat Studio Theatre are dedicated to presenting productions that are rooted in the crafts of theatrical improvisation and sketch comedy as taught by The Second City Training Center. Alumni, faculty, students, and other members of the extended Second City family unite to develop new voices and points-of-view in a manner that honors the history of the work and seeks to propel it into the future. Donny’s Skybox is a studio environment where both emerging and established artists are encouraged to experiment, innovate, and grow.
This "sister" of the legendary downtown Zanies has been making the Western suburbs laugh with the same great talent! Great for group outings and motor coaches!
This theatre offers affordable, live entertainment, comedy, concerts, dance and family shows. Group discounts/theatre rentals; perfect for meetings, performances, fundraisers and banquets.
Named for the late improvising guru Martin de Maat, this 49-seat theater is dedicated to presenting productions that are rooted in the crafts of theatrical improvisation and sketch comedy as taught by The Second City Training Center.
Home of the best long-form improv comedy in Chicago, iO offers two theatre spaces with performances by some of the best comedians around.
Come inside the intimate Riverfront Playhouse and discover a treasure. Since 1978, Riverfront Playhouse has been a destination in downtown Aurora. Located along the pedestrian-friendly Water Street Mall, Riverfront Playhouse continues to draw unique talent and appreciative crowds. This popular local theater group performs original plays, musicals, murder mysteries, comedies and thrillers in an intimate setting. See their web site for indoor and outdoor performances.
A beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Shows are open to all ages and start at 7pm except on special events. The theatre brings the opportunity of a variety of entertainment arts; from concerts, live music & professional dance troupes to dinner theatre, local talent shows, private events such as weddings, and special holiday productions. This building was designed by the famous Louis Skidmore of "Skidmore, Owens and Merrill." The Watseka Theatre is believed to be the only theatre he ever designed. It's definitely a "Diamond in Our Own Backyard."
Built in 1878 and restored in 1986, the Opera House today provides performing arts from classical to country, dance, student recitals, summer theatre workshops and children/senior citizen series. A new Elizabeth Holdeman visual art gallery now graces entrance hall.
Singin' in The Rain is based on the 1952 American musical comedy film. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late '20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. This play will offer the audience some splashy old-fashioned fun.
CiC is a non-profit comedy theater in Chicago featuring improv, sketch, and theatricals. Also a full service bar.
Billy Gardell is known as Officer Mike Biggs on the CBS hit show Mike & Molly. Come out and experience his powerhouse stand-up show. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with audiences. The tales about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are told with the skill of a master craftsman.
We’re talkin’ Captain Jack Blackheart! Gee. I hope no one kills him off. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Tickets for the show are $45 per person and include dinner, taxes and gratuity. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations, the ladies are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. Mending old bathrobe costumes and discussing who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!
Charles Ross will stun and amaze you with his fun, energetic and extremely entertaining performance of One Man Star Wars Trilogy. The result of Charles Ross’ ‘misspent’ youth is the creation of his hilarious One Man Star Wars Trilogy show, where Ross single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the three films into one hilarious production. Suitable for Star Wars fans from ages 6 to Yoda! ‘The Force’ will definitely be with you!
This all-ages family fun show features the super surfing hits of the 60's, some of the classic rock & roll of the 50's, along with popular favorites from the 70's and the 80's, as well. But it's not just the music - it's so much more. Bob and the Beachcombers bring the beach balls, the Hawaiian leis, the hula hoops, and a summertime beach-party fun attitude. Great music, dancing, audience participation, sing-a-longs, contests and all of the excitement of a beach blanket bingo down in the sand! Performing at the historic Sandwich Opera House 7 pm, Sat., March 18, 2017.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same! In addition to the sold-out New York engagement, this fairy tale has gone international.
Actress, comedian, singer, game show host — Vicki Lawrence has done it all. In 1973, she began her musical career with her hit single, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”. She then went on to star in her own TV series “Mama’s Family”, which aired until January of 1990. She also became one of few successful female game show hosts when she took on “Win, Lose or Draw”. She has since appeared in a wide variety of productions, and now travels all over the country speaking to women’s organizations about her life and career, women’s health, and being a woman in a man’s world. All the while she approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all that “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!”
Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, Chicago’s legendary comedy theater visits the Sandwich Opera House with “The Second City: Improv All-Stars” an irresistible hour of improvised comedy. The masters of the form will astound you with their talent, skill and wit – all without the aid of scripts or sets. Performance May 20, 8 pm.
Celebrating 90 iconic years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions, The Harlem Globetrotters are a world wide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.
Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a taboo topic, there are literally no subjects off limits. Her socially aware, no-holds-barred brand of comedy has helped her conquer the worlds of film, television, books. music and theatre. This show is intended for mature audiences only.
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and Black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully The Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of all things holiday. Put your turkey baster down and laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!
The two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. See her perform at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on February 18.
Enjoy a Margarita themed buffet dinner including a gourmet burger bar, fish tacos, sweet potato fries, rice, & pineapple slaw. Top it off with a drink from our margarita bar and finish with key lime cupcakes! $35 per person includes entertainment, dinner, one drink, and dessert.
Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improv artists use suggestions from the audience to create an evening of spontaneous music, humor, and laughter! The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.
The Stage Coach Players will be performing their production of "Hairspray" based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. This musical sends the message of acceptance by showing the bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad who teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.
A Christmastime radio reader’s theater play and musical. The performing ensemble “Pilot Island” will present their holiday show, a live 1940’s-style radio broadcast, complete with commercials. The audience will get a nostalgic taste of what it was like to see a group of actors create a piece of “theater of the mind” using only their voices, musical instruments, and live sound effects.