Comedy Clubs in Illinois


Pilobolus at Paramount Theatre on April 30 (Up to 55% Off)

Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre

Emmy-winning dance company uses organic choreography and athleticism to demonstrate the body’s miraculous modes of expression

$55 $25

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Improv-Comedy Show with Popcorn Through July 31 (Up to 50% Off)

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Laugh Out Loud Theater

Improvisers can perform shows with spontaneous scenes, games, and songs

$22 $11

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SPC Improv Presents "The Champion Of Champions" at Blokes and Birds on March 14–May 9 (Up to 50% Off)

"The Champion Of Champions"

Blokes & Birds

Improv troupe pits four actors against each other in an off-the-cuff battle to see who’s the funniest

$24 $12

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"The Power of Prom" or "Trigger Happy" at The Annoyance Theatre, March 27–May 30 (Up to 43% Off)

The Annoyance Theatre

The Annoyance Theater

1980s musical comedy or long-form improvisation show from venerated comedy theater

$21 $12

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Seandale's 10 Year Comedy Explosion Starring Red Grant on Saturday, May 30 (Up to 41% Off)

Seandale's 10 Year Comedy Explosion Starring Red Grant

Harold Washington Cultual Center

Comedian who has appeared on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central headlines a celebration of Seandale and RawRadio’s first decade on the air

$28.99 $17

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Standup Comedy Show and Appetizer for Two or Four at The Comedy Bar (Up to 56% Off)

The Comedy Bar

The Comedy Bar at Gino's East River North

National headliners and up-and-coming comedians take the stage at legendary club’s new space inside Gino’s East River North

$55.18 $25

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Comedy Show with Optional VIP Seating at Laugh Factory (Up to 50% Off)

Laugh Factory

Laugh Factory

Large lineups of top local standup talent, comedic storytelling, and themed shows such as the Facebook-centric Social Takeover

$20 $10

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  • The Chicago Theatre
    The beaming vertical letters of "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" ascend six stories high on a sign that seems to be the establishing shot for any movie set in the Windy City. Tourists and natives often stand outside snapping pictures of the marvelous marquee, where the biggest names in music, theatre, and comedy are writ large under a miniature replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe. The Parisian aesthetic continues inside The Chicago Theatre?s grand lobby, which recalls the Royal Chapel at Versailles with its gallery promenades. The staircase ascending to the Grand Balcony resembles that of the Paris Opera House, rounding out a French Baroque architecture that would cause Louis XIV to do a spit-take. Inside the seven-story-high, 3,600 seat auditorium, terra-cotta tiles, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious drapes give audiences visual overtures before every show. As vital to Chicago as hot dogs and mustard fire hoses, The Chicago Theatre was America's first munificent movie palace upon its 1921 unveiling, where it was declared "The Wonder Theatre of the World." Beyond its silver screenings, the theatre became a beacon for live entertainment, as artists such as John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman filled its first 40 years with oompah and swing. After a multi-million dollar restoration in 1986, the landmark venue remains the heart of art in the city, attracting the world's most popular entertainers to its stage almost every evening of the year.
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    175 North State Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • The Comedy Shrine Theater
    While audiences laugh it up at the rib-tickling comedians, Morty's slick performance space entertains their eyes. Eschewing the dowdy aesthetic of many comedy clubs, Morty's features sleek, modern tables and chairs and a wood-paneled bar. A full menu of tasty food, meanwhile, quells hunger while drinks and craft beers cool tongues and help keep people from spontaneously combusting.
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    4034 Fox Valley Center Dr.
    Aurora, IL US
  • Live Nation
    More than half a century ago, three partners raised a vibrant, multicolored tent on an underdeveloped industrial site and established the Westbury Music Fair. It followed its first production, The King and I, with a decade of top-name talent and Broadway musicals. Then, recognizing its place on the theater scene was permanent, it planted its roots as a fully enclosed theater-in-the-round. Expanding its repertoire to match its new digs, the theater showcased performers such as The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Julie Andrews. Today, past a lounge blazing in purple and red lights, guests find that same circular stage hosting equally great musical acts, musical theater, and competitive musical chairs.
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    300 Elm St.
    Rockford, IL US
  • Mojoes
    With two stories, four bars, a massive soundboard, and 12,600 square feet of room for music to roam, the entertainment complex of Mojoes polishes sonic heirlooms and gives fans breathing room for full-lunged sing-alongs. Polished hardwood floors accentuate a cozy, couch-laden lounge area?a decided class that extends to the concert area in the form of a giant chandelier hanging overhead.
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    22 W Cass St.
    Joliet, IL US
  • iNNOVATiON ARTS & ENTERTAiNMENT 2012
    The King of Rock and Roll never relinquishes his throne as four of the country’s top Elvis impersonators team together for Elvis Lives, a multimedia musical tribute to one of music’s premier icons. Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which holds the copyright on blue suede shoes, Elvis Lives stars a quartet of bona fide dead ringers, all of whom are winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and pay homage to four memorable eras of the pompadour-sporting legend’s career. Fans can swoon and shout as they catch a glimpse of tadpole Elvis and his centrifugal pelvis, movie-era Elvis, leather-jacket “comeback” Elvis, and shimmering, sequined-jumpsuit “Vegas” Elvis. The lavishly-produced show quantum leaps across a memorable career with classic songs sung spot-on, delighting fans and warming the heart of the real Elvis as he watches from the rafters.
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    201 Southwest Jefferson Avenue
    Peoria, IL US
  • Hemmens Cultural Center
    Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood tickle ribs in an evening of improvised comedy. Starting with suggestions form the audience, Mochrie and Sherwood fashion witty sketches that free guffaws from bellies and remind sad clowns what they've given up for their craft. Interactivity spices up the evening, with the comedic pair calling audience members to the stage to assist in chuckle-making scenes. The Hemmens Cultural Center ensconces guests in main-floor seats guaranteed to be within 100 feet of the stage, affording straight sightlines to onstage action and comfortable distance from the occasional gargoyle infestations of the balcony.
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    45 Symphony Way
    Elgin, IL US

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