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The Second City

The Second City: The First Name in Comedy

Just a quick walk from Lincoln Park in Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood, The Second City has kept audiences laughing for nearly 60 years. Come take in a show at the legendary comedy theater credited with launching the careers of comedy history's biggest superstars, including Bill Murray, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Martin Short, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Keegan-Michael Key, and Stephen Colbert...just to name a few.

  • 1.

    1959: A Theater Is Born

    1959: A Theater Is Born

    It was all fun and games...until it inspired something greater.

  • 2.

    1960s & 1970s: The Early Years

    1960s & 1970s: The Early Years

    A comedy revolution begins.

  • 3.

    1980s to 2000s: Making A Mark

    1980s to 2000s: Making A Mark

    As the The Second City grows, a comedy empire is born.

  • 4.

    2010s: The Future of Funny Is Here

    2010s: The Future of Funny Is Here

    "Yes, and" The Second City is still going strong.

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