Posted by: D.A.S. Chicago | May 5, 2011

A City Where You Can Have The Time Of Your Life


Located on 1616  N.Wells, in Lincoln Park of the Northside of Chicago. Second City is a place that has the exact thing to relieve the stress of everyday life. If you are a fan of comedy and improv acting, this is where you should be. Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959. No one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world.Founded by world re known Viola Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City has made a name that every actor or comedian has wanted to be a part of.
Comedy is such a big part of the Chicago acting scene right now. Comedians from all over come here to either make a career for themselves or take it to the next level.With the debut of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, populated by Second City Alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally known for its ever increasing roster of comedy superstars. The interesting thing about Second City is the personal aspect of the environment. The actors/comedians are regular people. They interact with the audience and the audience loves that. Second City is unique in the way that notn only can you meet interesting people, you can find other things to unwind from a hard day at work or school.
Second City has a theater called the Sky Box, a lounge area that you can have a drink or two plus, it has other theatres close by, if you want to catch a number of different plays that Second City puts together. In addition to that, Second City has a comedy school if anyone is interested in learning improvisation.

When I went into this wonderful place, I was in awe of the electricity in the room. Ther was laughter and plenty of it. The room was packed from wall to wall. As I got a seat to enjy myself, I was greeted by a guy by the name Stephon Jackson. Stephon is a teacher from the Second City Comedy School.Stephon was nice enough to take me through a little history of Second City and of himself.
Come to find out Stephon has been working at the Second City Comedy School for five years. His take of comedy was that,     “ If you laugh, you dont have time to cry. Laughing is so good for the soul. You feel relaxed and anything you were thinking about leaves your mind” That was so true, I thought to myself. As the night progressed, I noticed the room becoming more filled. And as more people came in, the more people I was introduced to by Stephon. One person Carey, who I will never forget, is a vibrant woman that had a smile from ear to ear. I shook her hand and she asked me how I liked the place. I told her I loved it. In turn, I asked her, “ What do you love about Second City?” She replied, “Everything! The people, the place, the fun, and the laughter. Oh, did I mention, EVERTHING!”

Overall, Second City is a great place. If you have at least ten dollars,(that is the minimum to get in, twenty-four dollars for prime seating) in your pocket and you want somewhere to go. Also, if you don’t mind prices that remind you of your downtown Bar and Grill’s,(Drinks varying from seven to twenty-five dollars, and sandwiches ranging from four dollars, up to thirteen). This is your place to get a laugh, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Go and enjoy. I sure did!

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