Comedy Clubs in Chesterton

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At The ComedySportz Theatre, audience suggestions keep an all-ages, family-friendly and fast-paced vortex of scenes, games, and songs spinning in competitive shows that pit two improv teams against each other. Inside the intimate, 149-seat theater, spontaneity rules as a referee moderates the all-ages-appropriate hilarity pitched between the Chicago Bosses and The Evanston Express. At the end of each comedic duel, the points and audience votes are tallied to determine the winning team, sentencing the losers to feed the doves that live inside the winners' top hats.

The ComedySportz Training Center's seasoned instructors also teach six-week courses in the art of improvised hilarity and the essential virtues of spontaneity, risk taking, and engagement with the moment. Through scene work, ComedySportz games, and short- and long-form improv, students learn to keep audiences roaring in order to jump-start a career or become a more affable bank robber.

2054 West Irving Park Road
Chicago,
IL
US

The quick-witted troupe of performers at pH Productions stirs up a rollicking concoction of comedy that bubbles with equal parts improv and audience interaction. Founded in 2002, the troupe's scientific moniker celebrates the onstage chemistry that leads to a great night of improv and leaves nothing but a neutral puddle of goo when incompatible performers accidentally touch. Classes teach would-be improvisers the arts of extemporaneous comedy with a focus on hands-on learning, and a slate of shows delight audiences with long- and short-form sketches, many of which have been recognized with the Chicago Reader's Critic's Choice award.

3110 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

A cornucopia of sketch comedy performances spills from Stage 773, revamped in 2011 with a full-scale renovation that created four intimate stages from the initial too-intimate 773 stages. Longtime Chicago performers Brian Posen, Jill Valentine, and Brian Peterlin helm the theater, where they host the annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival every January to often sold-out crowds. They also draw in local acts and hold a weekly open-mic night called SMUSH, which welcomes sketch groups, improv troupes, and comedians.

1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Having spawned hordes of comic luminaries in the last 30 years, including Mike Myers, Chris Farley, and Tina Fey, the revered iO Theater curates one-of-a-kind evenings of improv every night. Two spacious theaters host shows where everything from classic long-form improv and family-friendly fare to musical improv and improvised Shakespeare launch audiences into imaginative stories. A full-service bar in each theater allows audiences to hone spit-takes when sipping sudsy drafts and cocktails.

3541 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

In December, The Second City—Chicago's go-to haven for improv—will open a sister theater, UP Comedy Club, whose packed calendar lists original performances by Second City comics, standup from visiting comedians, and fast-paced improv revues. In the theater’s inaugural month, visitors can indulge in giggles at the holiday season's expense during The Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, a full-length show lampooning Yuletide staples, from holiday gift exchanges to pulling clumps of white hair out of the chimney. In The Second City's History of Chicago, the troupe culls the best moments from decades of performances to create a hilarious seminar on Windy City lore. The selection of shows rotates with changing seasons and visiting performers. Every show is rated for appropriate audiences, letting parents know when to bring the kids to fine-tune their funny bones, and when to bring pet parrots to update their repertoire.

230 W North Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

We are a performance theatre and improv training center. We serve both youth and adult in regards to taking a class or coming to see a show. There are several family friendly opportunities in our theatre and endless amounts of shows for adults. You will never be at a loss for variety. Improv, sketch, musical and many more!

230 W. North Ave
Chicago,
Illinois
US

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