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If you've seen a sketch comedy show or hilarious movie in the last 30 years, it's likely that someone from The Second City appeared in it. The Second City is one of the world's most iconic improvisational comedy theaters, and it has helped launch the careers of numerous famous comedians, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. If you're in the mood for a laugh, check out a live show on any night of the week at any number of The Second City's seven locations across Chicago. If you want to watch the comedy brand's classic show on the mainstage, see The Best of The Second City performance, held Mondays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. What's more, The Second City offers classes for developing comedians at their training center, and they offer rates for private dinners and events.

Recent reviewers said that everyone in their group could not stop laughing during the shows, which typically last one and a half to two hours. Tickets for the Best of The Second City show typically cost between $20 and $50 dollars, depending on availability, date and seat. To see all of The Second City's venues, classes, shows and ticket prices, visit the website. Keep in mind: Many shows are rated "R" by the venue, so be sure that everyone in your group is comfortable with some explicit content. The Second City's Chicago Mainstage is located in Old Town near Lincoln Park. If taking public transit, travelers can hop on the brown or purple line to Sedgwick or the red line to North/Clybourn, the nearest L train stations.

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