Improv in Chicago: First in the Nation from IO to Second City and In Between.


Show Me Chicago Makes a Suggestion on How to “Improv” Your Life?
If your only exposure to improv is through television’s “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” maybe it’s time to venture out your front door to what many believe is the World’s Greatest stage for improv–that would be Chicago.

Chicago is home to top improv venues including Annoyance Theatre & Bar; The Playground Theater ; The ComedySportz Theatre; Zanies Comedy Clubs; Chemically Imbalanced Comedy: and of course, Grandaddy, Second City and national standout IO.

IO: From Killer Pancakes to Scratching Monkeys You’re Always in for an Evening of Laughs.
Perhaps the purest and most creative Improv is performed at IO, formerly known as Improv


Olympics.  Founded by Del Close in 1981, this highly respected venue/training center offers shows seven nights a week from free student shows to highly rated veteran shows–usually no more than $14 and sometimes available on Groupon for less. The venue offers two theaters, two bars, and some of America’s best and brightest entertainers–past, present and future.

Over 5000 people have trained and performed at IO.  We’re sure you’ll recognize some of the names including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Rachel Dratch, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Andy Richter and Chris Farley to name just a few.   From SNL to 30 Rock, The Office, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Scrubs and a long list of movies, IO’s influence spans the entertainment industry from coast to coast.

A Bit From a Recent IO Sketch..

A Very Special New Year’s Eve Special at IO.
IO is offering two special shows for New Year’s Eve, “The Deltones’ Improvised Musical New Year’s Special” at 10:30p.m. in the Cabaret Theater and “The Cupid Players New Year’s Eve” at 10:30p.m. in the Del Close Theater.  The $25 admission fee includes a champagne toast and party favors.  After the show, guest are invited to enjoy dancing and bar specials.  Tickets 773 880-0199.

IO is located in the heart of Wrigleyville at 3541 N. Clark St.
(Addison Stop via the Red Line) 773 880 0199.

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