Top 10 comedy clubs
Where to get your laughs-Second City and beyond.
1. Second City
There's no better bang for your comedy buck than Chicago's legendary temple of sketch comedy, improvisation and political satire.
1608 N Wells St (at North Ave), 312-337-3992, El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 11, 22, 36, 72, 156
2. The Lakeshore Theater
Just a few years old, the Lakeshore has already established itself as the top place in town for alt stand-up comedy.
3175 N Broadway (between Briar Pl and Belmont Ave), 773-472-3492, El: Red, Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Belmont. Bus: 36, 77
Hands down, the best place (perhaps on earth) to watch and learn the art of improvisation.
3541 N Clark St (between Cornelia and Eddy Sts), 773-880-0199, El: Red to Addison. Bus: 22, 152
4. Chicago Undergound Comedy at Beat Kitchen
This Tuesday night staple does a stellar job of rounding up Chicago's funniest jokers.
2100 W Belmont Ave (at Hoyne Ave), 773-281-4444, Bus: 50, 77
5. Annoyance Theater
Odd, uncomfortable and off-putting (but in a good way), the Annoyance continues to push boundaries where other theaters won't.
4830 N Broadway (between Lawrence Ave and Ainslie St), 773-561-4665, El: Red to Lawrence. Bus: 36, 81
6. The Lincoln Lodge
Anything goes at this twice-weekly night of local stand-up, music, man-on-the-street interviews and even magic.
4008 N Lincoln Ave at Irving Park Rd, 773-251-1539, El: Brown to Irving Park. Bus: 11, 50, 78, 80, 152
7. Playground Theater
A wonderful place to watch improv and sketch newbies and vets flex their comic chops.
3209 N Halsted St (at Belmont Ave), 773-871-3793, El: Red, Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Belmont. Bus: 8, 77
8. Pub Productions at Fizz Bar and Grill
Its imbibe-friendly hit Bye Bye Liver may have put it on the map, but the Pub continues to innovate with a weekly lineup of sketch and stand-up.
3220 N Lincoln Ave, 773-348-6000, El: Brown to Paulina. Bus: 9, X9, 11, 77
An old-school goodie, Zanies highlights classic joke tellers.
1548 N Wells St (between Schiller St and North Ave), 312-337-4027, El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 11, 22, 36, 72, 156
10. The Edge at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
Known for its theme shows that miss as often as they hit, The Edge nevertheless isn't afraid to offer young comics a place to shine.
777 N Green St (at Chicago Ave), 312-733-6000, El: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 8, 66