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.


 Returning after for sold out runs at UP in 2015, #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment returns for a prime time run February 4 - May 29, 2016.

Featuring multimedia, original music, improvisation, and real life characters transferred from the online world to the stage, #DateMe is unlike anything you've ever seen before!
Learn more about #DateMe.


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.

Stand-Up Comedy

NBC Universal and Second City have partnered in their 2nd annual comedy fest featuring some of the country's best, emerging voices in stand up, sketch and improv. Hosted by celebrity headliners and attended by
casting execs from around the world, this two night fest is busting with laughter.

Last year's Festival sold out so get your tickets in advance.


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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