Comedy Clubs in Zion


Bryan Callen at Chicago Improv of Schaumburg, March 12–15 (Up to 42% Off)

Bryan Callen

Chicago Improv of Schaumburg

Original cast member of “MADtv” shares absurd observations on life and love

$19 $11

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

Laugh Out Loud

Laugh Out Loud Theater

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

$22 $11

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Standup with Appetizers for Two or Four at Jokerz Comedy Club on March 6–July 31 (Up to 72% Off)

Jokerz Comedy Club

Jokerz Comedy Club

Top standup comedians perform while audiences munch on loaded fries, beer-battered cheese curds, and nacho platters

$35.50 $12

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"Men Are from Mars Women Are From Venus," April 9–12 (Up to 51% Off)

"Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus - Live"

Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall Marcus Center

Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story’s live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$60.80 $30

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Improv or Scripted Comedy for One, Two, or Four at Under the Gun Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Under the Gun Comedy

Under the Gun Comedy

Improv inspired by video confessions, card games, and online dating, solo shows about romance, and other innovative forms of stage comedy

$12 $8

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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

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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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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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Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
203 North Genesee Street
Waukegan,
IL
US
Tucked away inside Gurnee's Holiday Inn sits Juz Jokkin Comedy Club, a new venue with a respectable pedigree. Although young, the club has already attracted heavy hitters such as Dave Chapelle and Gabriel Iglesias to its Friday and Saturday night shows. Each of these performances is hosted by Sonya D, a native Chicagoan who's appeared on BET, Showtime at the Apollo, and on stage with Kanye West.
6161 Grand Ave
Gurnee,
IL
US
Renovated in 2006, the nearly century-old Wilmette Theatre entertains theatergoers with a rotating slate of current and classic offerings, including Hollywood blockbusters and niche art films. Cylindrical light from a whirring projector flickers across two auditoriums, where movie-going duos can snack on buttery tubs of popcorn while sipping a soda and whispering spoilers into the facility’s pristine Soundfold curtain. The Wilmette underwent a key renovation in 2006, fortifying the century-old venue’s commitment to quality art with fresh coats of paint, an overhauled concessions center, and screenings of feature-length still lifes.
1122 Central Ave
Wilmette,
IL
US
When it originally opened in 1929, the Raue Center For The Arts was dubbed "El Tovar," though no one knew what that meant?it was jut a term overheard by one of the venue's founders on a trip to the west coast. Regardless of its meaning (or lack of one), the name seemed to accurately define the theater's elegance, from the star-filled sky of its ceiling to the facades of Spanish buildings lining its walls. El Tovar drifted into deterioration over the years, undergoing several different monikers as it switched from owner to owner. Luckily, a generous bequest from Crystal Lake resident Lucile Raue led to a much-needed restoration. A two-year renovation left the theater looking as glamorous as it did when it was El Tovar?seats were reupholstered, and every android usher received an oil change.
26 N Williams St.
Crystal Lake,
IL
US
Laugh Out Loud Theater sprays the suburban fringes of Chicago with a thick foam of world-class improv comedy. An extensive, experienced cast brings a highly interactive, audience-assisted experience to the intimate Schaumburg stage, drawing on hive-mind suggestions to kick off its inevitably LOL-worthy sketches. Shows rely heavily on audience participation, and LOL's indefatigable ad-libbers make it a point to invite willing audience members up on stage to help them achieve exponential levels of funny. Though eschewing egregiously blue humor, Improv for Grownups' cast refuses to turn down any suggestion, no matter how risqu?, which leads to raunchy riffs that retain the group's trademark wit. On Thursdays, Prime Time performances mix the group's regular ensemble members with in-training improvisers, delighting audiences while giving tomorrow's rib-ticklers on-the-job training. Laugh Out Loud Theater has a full kitchen and bar?and there is no drink minimum?so guests can fill guts until they bust with each new course during the night's improvised feast of tomfoolery. Well-suited for date nights, group outings, or a way-funnier-than-usual family-bonding experience, Laugh Out Loud's improv comedy will inspire even the most nonspontaneous audience members to put down their cue cards and bust out a few jokes of their own.
The Streets of Woodfield
Schaumburg,
IL
US
Formed by a group of Judson University playmakers more than a decade ago, GreenRoom Productions delights showgoers with full seasons of musicals, plays, improv, and original sketch comedy. GreenRoom's signature 90-minute Unscripted Improv Show employs its side-splitters to mine the audience for laugh-affirming anecdotes before transforming them into hilarious, family-friendly narratives devoid of plodding preshow speeches from scarf-ensconced authors. Each improv show boasts competing teams, improvised songs, and audience participation for those foolish enough to look performers in the eyes. Live music soundtracks the evening and patrons can fill laugh lairs with vittles and drinks from the on-site concession stand.
12015 Mill Street
Huntley,
IL
US

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