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The iO Theater

1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642
+1 312-929-2401
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It was so hard to choose which improv show to go to but I definitely made a good choice going to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jill K
Cincinnati, Ohio
I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time

Go see Improvised Shakespeare. $18 a ticket. Shows at 8 on Thursday and 8:00 and 10:30 on Friday... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
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Considered to be the Mecca of improvisational performance and studies, the iO Theater has helped train and develop the talents of an entire generation of America's best and brightest comedic entertainers for over 35 years. Located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the iO Theater features 4 theaters (with shows 7 nights a week), 2 bars, a kitchen, beer garden, and an Event space.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 19:00 - 23:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642
+1 312-929-2401
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was so hard to choose which improv show to go to but I definitely made a good choice going to see Whirled News tonight. Everyone was hilarious and the way they went back to jokes made earlier made it even better. The bar area...More

Thank Jill K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go see Improvised Shakespeare. $18 a ticket. Shows at 8 on Thursday and 8:00 and 10:30 on Friday and Saturday. The theater is small and seats are close together. However, it is worth it for such a laugh. The shows are improvised and original with...More

Thank SouthernGirlFromAla
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We grabbed tickets online and took the Redline over. Easy walk from Clybourne. Great night of laughter...we'll be back

Thank TheTravelLover007
Reviewed 31 August 2017

I've been to the iO Theater twice, both times to see the Comedy Dance Collective (CDC), which focuses less on crude, sexual jokes for the sake of trying to be funny, and more on making people laugh with witty humor, creative skits, and dance. The...More

Thank silversuz114
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We saw the improvised Shakespeare show. I wasn't really that interested in the Shakespeare aspect when we booked it, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very funny! I would definitely go again!

Thank SraDiva
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

"Improvised Shakespeare", we had no idea what to expect. I visited with 8 high school students who are in an improv group at school. 5 men appeared on a very simple stage, dressed in doublet and hose (shirt and pants). They called to the audience...More

Thank Martina O
Reviewed 23 August 2017

I came to the iO for the summer intensive 2017. The course was great. Over five weeks we learned the signature longform of iO, the Harold. Each week covered one whole level of the iO curriculum. At the end all of the sections had the...More

Thank Eva B
Tim L, Guest Relations Manager at The iO Theater, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thanks for the kind words Eva! I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon, hopefully before next years intensives?!

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Went with my husband to see the Improvised Shakespeare Company and were thoroughly entertained. The show is about an hour and forty five minutes long including a brief intermission. The five actors for "Much Ado About Ziggy Stardust" show were very talented and kept us...More

Thank klpoock
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Whenever I have people visiting the city, I always take them here to see the Shakespeare Improv group. The theater is lovely, reasonably priced, good food and drinks, and incredible comedy.

1  Thank Skye M
Reviewed 13 July 2017

A local relative recommended seeing the Improvised Shakespeare Company as an activity when I visited on a recent trip. The tickets were $16 each and proved their worth during the first act, before intermission! I laughed SO much watching a play that "was never seen...More

Thank Elizabeth T
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16 August 2017|
Response from Creg S | Reviewed this property |
The closest is the North/Clybourn Red line Station.
23 July 2017|
Response from Sarah G | Reviewed this property |
You can check with the company, but one day we went at 6 and ate before the show.