Top comedy clubs
The Second City Mainstage
Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City
There's no doubt about it, the house that improv legend Del Close and founding partner Charna Halpern built rules
Annoyance put itself on the map with its famously distasteful gross-out musical Co-Ed Prison Sluts. Twenty-plus years later, it still cranks out bizarre, unconventional comedy.
- Critics' pick
Fri 9pm–midnight; Sat 8pm–midnight
The Lincoln Lodge
The back room of a washed-up diner may not sound like much, but that’s the beauty of the Lodge, a room that virtually placed Chicago on the alt-comedy map. The emphasis is top-quality comics, as evidenced by both local talent and visiting greats
Remember the olden days when comedy clubs with a two-drink minimum policy ruled? That era is long gone, but this venerable laugh factory has managed to hang on. The comedy here is a bit of a mixed bag
The Playground Theater
The nation's only not-for-profit co-op theater devoted to the art of improvisation is an excellent place for young teams to practice their craft. The programming is often experimental and incredibly hit or miss, but there's no denying the youthful, infectious energy that pervades the place.
Mon–Fri 11am–3am; Sat, Sun 9am–3am
In one corner of this subterranean sports bar, you’ll find frat boys flirting with the bartenders. In another, you’ll see an entire accounting department downing beers and watching various games on the 50 screens
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