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The Second City

Over 60 years of laughter!

Since opening its doors as a small cabaret over 60 years ago, The Second City has grown to become the world’s premier name in comedy, entertaining 1 million theatergoers a year around the globe. Alumni of The Second City’s resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, touring companies, and theatrical divisions include some of the biggest and most beloved names in entertainment. in addition to the sold-out shows playing nightly on resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, the comedy empire has staged productions with a wide range of illustrious creative partners and theater companies. The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation-based arts on the planet, serving 11,000 students a year in Chicago, Toronto, Hollywood, and offering online programming for every level. Second City Works, the B2B side of Second City, has brought award-winning improvisation and audience-driven techniques to over 600 Fortune 1000 companies, challenging businesses seeking a more collaborative culture to innovate through development programs, original digital and video content, campaign consultation, and more.

The Second City is committed to building an equitable & thriving environment for our BIPOC, Latinx, APIMEDA, and LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as for people with disabilities.