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The Second City

The Second City: America's Comedy Institution

Just a quick walk from Lincoln Park, The Second City kept audiences laughing for nearly 60 years. Come visit America's longest-running theatre group, which launched the careers of comedians like Tina Fey, Jim Belushi, and Stephen Colbert.

  • 1.

    1959: A Theatre Is Born

    1959: A Theatre Is Born

    It's all fun and games...until it inspires something greater.

  • 2.

    1960s & 1970s: The Early Years

    1960s & 1970s: The Early Years

    From international expansion to hiring its first cast of stars, the early years were anything but slow.

  • 3.

    1980s to 2000s: Making A Mark

    1980s to 2000s: Making A Mark

    Under new ownership in 1985, The Second City solidified its place in American comedy.

  • 4.

    2010s: Contemporary Improv

    2010s: Contemporary Improv

    Just like wine, The Second City has only gotten better with age.

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