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“First place fun in the Second City”
Review of Second City

Second City
Ranked #5 of 561 Nightlife in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Second City is the world's premiere comedy theatre offering the best in Chicago-style sketch and improv comedy every night of the week and has launched the careers of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and many, many others.
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Purdue-Indiana
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“First place fun in the Second City”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

You’ll laugh several parts off enjoying great actor/comedians performing skits and improv in what is a deceptively small venue. Your first reaction is that the chairs are squeezed in too tightly together, and your drinks will never fit on the table you have to share with the people in front of you, but the great venue, friendly staff and hilarious comedy seem to create an expansion of time and space to accommodate all your needs. My sixth visit was as enjoyable and as surprising as my first. Wondering if this is what it feels like to get elusive tickets to SNL, and if you live in the tri-state area (IL-IN-WI-MI,) save the air fare and what my son-in-law claims is a conspiracy against midwesterners getting tickets to SNL and go to Second City. Fun, Funny, Fundamentally crazy good shows. We just saw Clown Car Named Desire, and for those of you with fear of clowns, there weren’t many, though they were creepy… and they did an encore!

Visited August 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“what a letdown”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

I have heard how funny Second City was and always wanted to go. Such a letdown. You feel likea sardine packed into the audience, you wonder how the Fire Department lets it occur. The cast tries but the skits are not that funny. The acoustics are horrible, I missed half the jokes as it seemed the cast spoke half the jokes sotto voce. Felt like it was a waste of money.

Visited August 2013
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Succasunna, New Jersey, United States
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“Fun Night of Laughs”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

Check out the Up Comedy club with Second City performers. An enjoyable night of comedy with very talented individuals. The tickets were only $16.00 and the show lasted 2 hours. This is a must see, if you are in town.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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“Started off a bit uh-oh... But highly recommended!”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Went to see second city review, in UP comedy club. Was a very young cast, and initialy wasn't expecting much - but, it got better and better as the night went on.
Be prepared the seats are very tightly squashed together!!

Visited August 2013
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Highland, Michigan
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“Always fun and a cheap night out in Chicago”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Whenever we go to Chicago, we always try to fit in a night at Second City. Compared to other options in the Windy City, it's a pretty cheap night out (approximately $25 a person). We saw A Clown Car Named Desire in the Etc Theatre and even though half of the cast were understudies the night we went, the show was hilarious. So talented!

Visited August 2013
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