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A Day in Old Town Chicago: Budget Picks & New Neighborhood Haunts

Old Town gate

Old Town is one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, located on the North Side. It’s home to St. Michael’s Church, one of only seven buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. In more recent times, the neighborhood has become a popular spot for locals and tourists to enjoy great food, shopping and more. Read on for a full day’s itinerary of budget-friendly eats, fun things to do, and new spots to check out in Chicago's Old Town.

The Second City Takes on American Politics—Hilarity Ensues: Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno Blends Silly & Smart

Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno

The Second City's 41st e.t.c. revue — Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno — has a mouthful of a title, paired with a belly full of laughs. The e.t.c. stage, known for its edgier, more Chicago-themed sketch revues, keeps to its reputation, housing two hours of non-stop, goofball, slap-your-thighs laughter with its newest comedy show.

4 Reasons to See This Comedy Revue on The Second City Mainstage

The Winner…of Our Discontent

Comedy powerhouse The Second City has a brand new Mainstage revue, its 105th to be exact, and this one truly slays. Not only does The Winner...of Our Discontent make you laugh, but it makes you think, and it makes you feel, and it opens your eyes.

Follow in Chef Andrew Zimmern's Footsteps around Chicago!

Jim's Original

Celeb tv personality and chef Andrew Zimmern knows where to go for a good time: he made two trips to Chicago for his popular Bizarre Foods show, and this year he came back to Chicago once again to film an episode of his newest Travel Channel series Driven By Food. Take Zimmern's lead and plan a tour of Chicago in the footsteps of the man who knows a world-class city, a good time and awesome food when he sees it!

Afro-Futurism Transports The Second City To Another Dimension

The Second City presents Afro-Futurism

The legendary Chicago comedy destination, The Second City, gets an entertaining dose of social and political commentary with the satirical revue, Afro-Futurism. Combining stand-up, sketch, music and performance, the production offers a multi-faceted view of the African-American perspective.

What’s New with The Second City: The Most Prolific Comedy Theatre in the World Debuts New Shows & Spaces

The Second City Training Center

Chicago's top sketch comedy theater has a brand new show, is bringing back a mega hit this summer, and went through quite the makeover in 2016. Here's what's new with The Second City...

An Interview with The Pajama Men

The Pajama Men
Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are The Pajama Men. If you're like me, you may be wondering why grown men are performing absurdist comedy on stage in their pajamas and where the name came from. Well, Shenoah and Mark were kind enough to answer a few questions and turns out they've been in their pajamas for well over a decade. Can't get mad at a man who wants to be comfortable, that's for sure.

Comedians Get Serious About a Haunted House


It takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Frayed cobwebs dangle from the ceiling, tinted blue by something glowing faintly around the corner. Long organ chords groan from an unseen speaker. BANG. Click. Muffled maniacal laughter. You spin around, but the door is already locked behind you.

The (Kid Friendly) Second City Theatre

UP Comedy Club

An improv performance at The Second City is a must-see for every visitor to our fair town. That said, it's sometimes deliciously raunchy shows and late night show times make it a no-go for families with kids under 18-years-old. But the new Improv Extravaganza Explosion--which hits the UP Comedy Club--opens up the world of improv to families with kids of all ages by offering outrageously silly (but squeaky-clean) improv every Saturday at noon.

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