“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
Zanies opened its doors in 1978 and has locations in three parts of Illinois, including Chicago’s Old Town, as well as Nashville, Tennesse. The club is the only one in the city that still performs stand-up comedy seven nights a week.
The cramped comedy club held names like Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Hart, which all have headshots pinned on the hallway leading to the main stage. Unlike some other comedy clubs, Zanies does not have an open mic night but opens the stage to professional comics all week long.
Zanies has been consecutively running in the same spot as the fourth longest standing comedy club in the nation. This means that they are skilled in comedy and have perfected their routines. The club runs its shows with a traditional host, feature, and then the headliner.
The club celebrated its 40th anniversary by granting 40 comics the stage for one night. Some of the comics were veterans and others were newbies. The show was sold out because of longtime fans and people that just wanted a good laugh.
If you do happen to go to the club, be warned that there is a two drink minimum but you won't need the buzz to have a good time. If you get their dinner and a show package, you will get $5 off your ticket and discounts at many nearby restaurants. On Tuesdays, Chicago residents and workers get free admission and on Wednesdays, groups of 4 or more receive a discount.
Zanies is located on N Wells St, which is a six-minute walk from Sedgwick Brown Line stop and multiple bus stops.