There are many comedy clubs located throughout Chicago, but knowing where they are and whether or not they are any good is another story. However, we decided to put together a list of some of the best ones, as well as tell you a little about each one. Below are some of the top comedy clubs in the city of Chicago.
Even though UP is relatively new, it is quickly becoming one of the most well-known comedy clubs on Chicago. It is located over on North Ave, and it is a place where you will not just be entertained by some of the best comedians around, but you can also wine and dine there. This club is open for business seven nights per week, and some nights, such as its “Go Improv Go,” is a night where kids as young as five can sit in attendance. Also, make sure to check the calendars, because they often have well-known acts performing.
The Second City
The Second City is located on North Wells Street, and it opened up its doors back in 1959, and held its first workshop in 1960. The Second City is where you can go and watch amateur shows, as well as some of the best names in the industry. World famous performers, such as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Mike Myers have performed at The Second City. The Second City always has something going on, so make sure to check the calendar to see who is going to be performing there, as the lineup changes on a weekly basis.
The Comedy Bar
When it comes to comedy clubs in Chicago, this one could very well be one of the most affordable ones to go to. It can be found on West Ontario Street, and it is one of the best ones in the city. Jim Belushi, who has appeared on many sitcoms, is currently a partner with the club, and it is no uncommon to see him there, as he tends to host nights when there is a special lineup in store for the crowd. On regular nights, as well as special nights (special lineups) you will need to be 21+ in order to gain admittance.
If you go to Broadway Street, you will come across the Laugh Factory, which is a world famous venue that has hosted a wide range of comedians, some of them including Dane Cook and David Spade to name just a few. Some of the venues include open mic nights, which means anybody who thinks they are funny can take the stage and perform for the crowd. There is also a night that the club has dubbed “The Best Stand Up Night” and this is when some of the best local comedians will perform. If you enjoy performing, or you like taking in a performance from either well-known comedians or amateur comedians, then you will want to go and see what the Laugh Factory has to offer you.
Zanies has been around for almost 30 years, and there is a good reason why it has been around for such a longtime. That reason is because of the quality of entertainment that can be found there. The club is open seven days per week, with most shows starting at 8:30PM, with the exception being Friday and Saturday. As of now, Friday shows begin at 8:30PM and 10:30PM, while on Saturdays the shows begin at 7:00PM, 9:00PM and 11:15PM. The lineup is constantly changing, but it is not uncommon to find some of the biggest names in the industry performing there, so you will want to take a look at the Zanies’s lineup before paying a visit.
Jokes and Notes
Jokes and Notes is a well-known Chicago club, and it is known for having both amateur and professional comedians performing there. The club is on South King Drive, and has some of the best house MCs in the city. Not only are the house MCs some of the best that the city has to offer, but there are nights when well-known performers go there to put on a show. Some of these performers include Tony Roberts and K. Dubb. Famous comedy tours often make a stop here, and some of these tours include the “Loveable Jerk” tour. This place can seat up to 150 people, and it also features a full bar with drinks like Ciroc, Long Island Iced Tea and margaritas, as well as quite a few television monitors.
If you are looking for a great time, and a fun night out, then you should visit any of the previously mentioned clubs. All of them are unique in their own way, they are affordable and you will be able to see some world class performers. However, you will want to contact the club before going, as you may need a reservation, especially if you go on a night when someone well-known is performing.