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Chicago, IL

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
The 19th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes over the city for a week, showcasing the best local, national and international on-the-spot comedic talent! This year festival will be presenting 9 artistic categories, each celebrating a unique style of improvisation.

Annoyance Theatre & Bar
851 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
For over 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.

Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
See the Chicago Symphony Orchestra practically any night of the week! Their 2015/16 season schedule is packed with shows, mixing classic and more contemporary works by various composers. Click here for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Fun fact: CSO is celebrating 125 years in its 2015/16 season! ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts features solo and ensemble performances of classical music that showcase emerging performers. Held year round in Preston Bradley Hall.

The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-337-3992

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu takes you on an uproarious exploration of intuition. Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or are mistakes what make us grow? In this ever changing world there are still significant transformations to be made. Take a gleeful glance into funny ... Read More

Logan Square Studio
2341 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
This artisanal group of six musicians plays the highly crafted, exciting, original contemporary jazz compositions by pianist, Jeff Kier. The sextet also includes renowned percussionist Scott Hirtenstein, bassist Ben Taylor, guitarist Mike Hershenson, drummer Lanny Grilly, and the virtuostic Dave Grilly on sax & woodwinds. Photo courtesy of Jeff Kier ... Read More

Laugh Factory
3175 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Jamie Masada's SoCal comedy club empire established a Chicago foothold in 2012, refurbishing the former Lakeshore Theater space. The club offers lineups of local comics several nights a week, with the occasional touring headliner. Come see the best up-and-coming comedians Chicago has to offer!

Connie's Pizza
1030 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Connie's Pizza in the Gold Coast hosts live music every Wednesday night, featuring acoustic sets with Brent Brown.

MCL Chicago
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
MCL Chicago, formerly known as Studio BE, is the first venue in America dedicated to the art of music comedy. The new name signifies the organization's focus on: music, comedy and live performance (MCL). The performing arts organization has a strong focus on its roots of music improvisation and ... Read More

The Gift Theatre
4802 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Natural Gas is the house-improv team of The Gift Theatre that takes one suggestion from the audience every Wednesday night. The Gassers create an entirely improvised world of comedy that is wild, randy, and appropriately inappropriate!

UP Comedy Club
230 W. N. Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614

Theater & Performing Arts, Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
What happens when Chicago's best improvisers are tossed head first into a medley of classic game shows? Come laugh your way through Second City's Game Night and find out! From celebrity-guessing to fill-in-the-blankety-blanks, charades to feuding families to improvised commercial breaks, the laughs come rapid-fire as host, Joey Bland, ... Read More

Lilly’s Bar
2515 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
The show features Chicago's favorite comedians who have been given challenges designed to promote a fun night of comedic risk-taking and fearless fun that's FREE to attend! In addition to having stand-up from Chicago's top headliners, each week's show will feature comedians who have been challenged to come in ... Read More

The Comedy Bar
500 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Located in Chicago's upbeat River North District, right in the heart of downtown, The Comedy Bar sets the bar for stand-up in the city. Often called one of Chicago's best kept secrets, The Comedy Bar is committed to providing the funniest comedians at the best venue for the lowest prices in ... Read More

The iO Theater
1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Widely considered to be the premier venue for long-form improvisational performances and classes, the iO Theater (formerly known as the ImprovOlympic Theater) was founded in 1981 by Charna Halpern and the late great improvisational teacher and director, Del Close. After almost 20 years in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood, Charna Halpern ... Read More

The pH Comedy Theater
1515 W. Berwyn Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
See a live comedy show at The pH Comedy Theater, featuring improv, sketch and stand-up!

The Mission Theater
1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, Illinois 60642

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Hailed by The New York Times as "Second City-seasoned masters of long form improv," TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi have become living legends in their field. Continuing their 13-year-long run of one of Chicago's most loved improv shows, TJ & Dave, both Jagodowski and Pasquesi have found a new ... Read More

Transistor Chicago
3441 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
Transistor Chicago is a local small business record/electronic shop and art gallery in East Lakeview, with work and wares from 80+ artists, many based here in this dynamic city. It's a recording space and screening room, with live music, movie nights, and a webcast. Time Out Chicago likens Transistor ... Read More

Zanies Comedy Club
1548 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Music & Comedy
5/4/2016
See the best stand-up comedy every week at Zanies Comedy Club! Photo courtesy of Zanies Comedy Club

The Riviera Theatre
4746 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Music & Comedy
5/5/2016
See Amon Amarth live during the Jomsviking North American tour 2016: Return of the Vikings with special guests Entombed A.D. and Exmortus at The Riviera! Photo Credit: Azadeh Khastoo  

Hours:
  • 7:30 p.m.
Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Music & Comedy
5/5/2016
The 19th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes over the city for a week, showcasing the best local, national and international on-the-spot comedic talent! This year festival will be presenting 9 artistic categories, each celebrating a unique style of improvisation.

House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654

Music & Comedy
5/5/2016
See Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons live May 5-7 at House of Blues! Photo courtesy of House of Blues Chicago

Hours:
  • 11 p.m.
Metro
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Music & Comedy
5/5/2016
Few of us make much out of the endless weekend hours we spend together when we’re young. Draping ourselves throughout our friends’ houses and airing out the angst and dreams and heartbreaks that will shape us before they fade away with time, we may make mixtapes, or weave friendship ... Read More

Hours:
  • 9 p.m.
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Music & Comedy
5/5/2016
See Widespread Panic live May 5-7 at The Chicago Theatre!

Hours:
  • 8 p.m.
UP Comedy Club
230 W. N. Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614
312-662-4562

Music & Comedy
5/5/2016
Thirty-eight "Undateable" profiles were placed on the world's most popular online dating site to see who would interact with them. The results were tracked with a shockingly hilarious outcome. #DateMe = months of research of REAL people talking to FAKE characters. A scientific experiment about the online search for ... Read More

Annoyance Theatre & Bar
851 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Music & Comedy
5/5/2016
For over 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.

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