the second city (chicago)

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the second city (chicago)
1616 n wells st
chicago, illinois 60614

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Opened in December of 1959, the Second City has gone from being a quirky northside improv theater to being a proving grounds for those who aspire to be in the entertainment industry (especially comedy).

With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, the Second City was opened by Spolin's son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins. Their comedy and theatrical style was non-conformist and experimental compared to their peers, and this drew the top talent from each generation.

In the 60's, performers like Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, and Fred Willard were here. In the 70's, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner performed. Since then, comedic talent has cycled through the place on a regular basis: Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, and many more.

The Second City has branches in several other cities, including Toronto and Los Angeles.

The Second City, Chicago- photo:Zol87