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The comedy scene in Chicago is huge. In fact, you can see shows live seven nights a week all over the city. Many of them come and go, but these four Chicago comedy staples always entertain, no matter when—and how often—you drop in for a show.

Front Bar

Imagine the perfect night in Chicago: a tasty meal, great drinks, wonderful conversation and a captivating show to top it off. Now imagine doing all of that in one place. Sounds too good to be true, right? Not in this city. Because Chicago is a world-class theater city and a world-class restaurant destination, we naturally have a few amazing places where you can do all of the above under one roof.

Charna Halpern Talks About New iO Opening Tonight

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters

Charna Halpern_iO

Charna Halpern is the owner of iO and one of the most influential people in improv. After 19 years at iO's Clark Street location, tonight iO opens at its new home of 1541 N Kingsbury. Please join Charna and the rest of the Chicago improv community at iO both tonight and on August 29th and 30th for their grand opening. Here's a bit about the new space and the journey it took to get there.

3 Must-See Shows at iO Theatre

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:00 AM by Marc Muszynski

Improvised Shakespeare Company

The iO Theatre (formerly ImprovOlympic) has long been the champion of improv for improv's sake. While other venues (like The Second City) use off-the-cuff flow as a training methodology, the iO Theatre is all about on-the-spot hilarity. Quick does anyone have an idea for how I should write this story? Go ahead, shout it out! I heard "on the computer."

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