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The Second City

While I was in Chicago, my parents and I did one of my absolute favorite “Chicago” things. We headed over to The Second City for one of its world-famous comedy shows.

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We got tickets to the mainstage performance Panic on Cloud 9.

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Second City always has a few shows going on, so it can be a bit confusing to pick one. Luckily, I am here to help! The mainstage performance is the best one. It has The Second City’s 6 or 7 best comedians at the time performing skits that they wrote themselves. The performance touches on current issues and makes fun of all of them.

There’s also usually a performance by The Second City e.t.c. going on, like this season’s Apes of Wrath. The Second City e.t.c. is still funny, but not quite at the level of The Second City.

Sometimes The Second City’s touring company is also in town, like they are now with the performance titled The Best of The Second City. Depending on the season, there may also be a holiday-themed show like this year’s Holidazed and Confused Revue. There are also special engagements and one-time shows constantly happening.

So basically, to sum it up, the main stage is the best performance, so if you can only see one, see that one. However, if you want to branch out, since The Second City is a world-renowned comedy empire, any show you pick is likely to be hilarious!

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Almost every famous comedian has gotten his or her start at The Second City. I’m talking major names like Joan Rivers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Jim Belushi, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mike Myers, Chris Farley and Amy Sedaris.

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My absolute favorite part about attending these performances is knowing that whoever you see performing today will likely be famous in the future. Pay attention to these names!

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The walls are decorated with photographs of old performances, and it’s a lot of fun finding pictures of now-famous comedians like Steve Carell.

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As I said, The Second City makes fun of absolutely everything. The shows are hilarious! However, as some of the wall decor indicates, not everyone appreciates The Second City’s humor…

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The venue has a bar right when you walk in, and servers to bring you drinks and food during the show. There is cabaret-style seating, so you will likely be sitting very close to other people, sharing a table with them.

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The performance of Panic on Cloud 9 was great, and as usual we walked away with some pretty funny quotes and jokes… that my dad hasn’t stopped using…

The Second City - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

You can find tickets to Chicago shows here. Although Chicago is the original home of The Second City, you can also attend performances in Toronto and Hollywood. Enjoy the show! ~A

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