The iO Theater Chicago

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The iO Theater – Home of longform improv

It’s no secret that Chicago is home to some of the best comedy shows. World-renowned performers like Tina Fey, Chris Farley, and Seth Meyers all got their start here in the city of Chicago, and more specifically, spent time performing at iO Theater. 

If I’m looking for a guaranteed laugh, I always head over to iO to catch a show. iO is the birthplace of long form improvisation, which is basically a series of scenes that are created on the spot and are inspired by one suggestion from the audience.

iO also has a full bar and kitchen, so you can grab a bite to eat with friends before or after a show in their bar area or massive patio.  

There are always a number of shows that take place daily, so check out the schedule online to see which one strikes your fancy. A few of my favorites are Improvised Shakespeare, The Armando Diaz Experience, and Deep Schwa. 

You really can’t go wrong though with whichever show you see. Who knows, you may even be watching the next Saturday Night Live star.

Staying in Chicago for longer? Take a class and check out improv for yourself!

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Details about this spot



1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago

Opening Times

19:00 - 02:00 daily


Ticket: USD 8


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