If Chicago is famous for improvisational comedy, The Second City is the ongoing reason. Originally called the Compass Players when the group started at the University of Chicago in 1955, this world-class comedy troupe has become Wells Street's irreplaceable comic institution since 1959. An incubator for celebrities, it's famous for encouraging the talents of Mike Myers, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Ed Asner, Betty Thomas, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, Chris Farley, Shelley Long and Alan Arkin; young alumni include Tim Meadows of "Saturday Night Live," Richard Kind and Bonnie Hunt. Future greats are no doubt on stage right now, performing the kind of hit-and-run sketch comedy that tries to stay both topical and universal. The two-tiered cabaret-style theater is comfortable and air conditioned, with excellent sight lines and acoustics. Free improvisation sessions follow the regular shows except on Friday nights.
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