The Second City opened its doors on a cold December night in 1959 and its Mainstage quickly became a hotbed for cutting edge satire and comedy. With the addition of the e.t.c. theatre in 1982, Second City's reputation was cemented as the industry leader in improv and sketch comedy.

Opened in January of 2012, UP Comedy Club continues The Second City's 55-year tradition of providing world-wide audiences with Chicago's best comedy. UP Comedy Club is dedicated to producing and presenting a diverse array of comedic performers and formats which include stand-up, sketch, improv, podcasts and other entertainment that is smart, funny and provocative. 

The cabaret-style club boasts state of the art audiovisual capabilities in an intimate room with seating for 285 people with a full service kitchen and bar with a no drink minimum.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (312) 662-4562 or online.

Pete Holmes

One of the most successful aspects about UP Comedy Club is its stand-up season. Stand-up comedians usually frequent UP from September through November and January through May.

Notable stand-ups that have played at UP include Pete Holmes, Jerrod Carmichael, Al Madrigal, John Mulaney, Godfrey, Kyle Kinane, Nick Thune, Jeff Ross, Loni Love and more.

Learn more about upcoming stand-ups.



As a sister theater to The Second City's two resident stages, UP hosts numerous sketch and improv shows. Many shows will include some of your favorite scenes from previous Second City performances and some also include brand new material. You never know!

But one thing you do know: it's always a good time.

Learn more about improv and sketch shows now playing.


One of the perks of being a variety theater, is that we get to host all types of events!

From book signings with BJ Novak, Nick Offerman and Bob Odenkirk to podcasts with Pete Holmes and Greg Proops we have a number of one-night-only or limited run shows, so make sure to stay up-to-date with all of the fun things we have at UP!

Learn more about upcoming special engagements.


UP Comedy Club Box Office
230 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 662-4562
Box Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday   10am-9pm
Friday                         10am-11:30pm
Saturday                    10am-11:30pm
Sunday                       11am-8pm
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UP Comedy Club has a nightclub atmosphere and alcohol is served. Our shows contain adult content and language. Most of our shows are the equivalent of an R-rated movie. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when coming to the 11pm shows due to Chicago curfew laws. Please note we're not able to admit anyone under the age of 10. UP Comedy Club is best for savvy teen and adult audiences.

If you require special seating or accommodations (wheelchair-bound, hearing impaired, or visually impaired) please contact our box office at (312) 662-4562 to ensure the best service.

Want to join a larger party but pay separately? Learn more about our large group offerings or give us a call at (312) 662-4562 and we'll be sure you're seated with your party.

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