etc Theater

A fun and uniquely Chicago place to hold an event or meeting.

The Second City is available for private parties, corporate meetings, and special events of all kinds. We offer a number of theater spaces, food and beverage service, restaurant dining, customized entertainment and workshops – all under one roof, just minutes from the heart of downtown Chicago.

The Second City has three theaters with shows 7 nights a week. We can accommodate groups of 15-500 across our event spaces, and offer incredibly tasty food through our in-house Bentwood Catering.

Second City Facts

  • Legendary comedy theater with resident stages in Chicago, Toronto, and Touring Ensembles entertaining over 1,000,000 guests each year.
  • Training ground for a host of famous alumni including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and over 500 more.
  • Presents over 400 corporate engagements a year through Second City Works, with a focus on live event support and entertainment as well as designing and facilitating workshops on team building, communication and presentation skills.
  • The exclusive provider of improvisational comedy revues for Norwegian Cruise Line, with six ships currently hosting Second City companies – performing to 14,000 passengers per week.
  • Total Capacity of Venue


  • Private or Semi Private Space Available

    Mainstage Theater - max capacity 290
    e.t.c. Theater - max capacity 196
    UP Comedy Club - max capacity 285
    The Corner - max capacity 150
    1959 Kitchen & Bar - max capacity 100
    Private classrooms and meeting spaces available, capacity 10-50

  • Unique views

    We have a brand new, state-of-the-art Training Center space on the second floor of our complex. This area features a beautiful open space called “The Corner” with huge bay windows facing the Chicago skyline. With views of Old Town and Chicago skyscrapers – this is an ideal reception space!

  • Our most Important Target Market is?

    Corporate and Association groups looking for a fun and uniquely Chicago place to hold an event or meeting.

  • We are most proud of our ability to?

    Offer world class comedy at a Chicago landmark.

  • We are famous with customers for our ability to?

    Always bring the laughs – appealing to everyone and guaranteeing a memorable event.

  • Unlike our competition, we offer customers?

    A true Second City experience, from the historical 50 year-old theater space to the award-winning performances.

  • We would like our customers to tell their friends that we provide the best?

    The “go-to” Chicago comedy show and a must-see attraction.

  • Our company enhances customer lives by offering?

    A legendary comedy experience in an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.

  • We offer our customers the best?

    Service and quality entertainment that will leave groups laughing.

  • Recent Clients

    1. Mircosoft
    2. Accenture
    3. Major League Soccor
    4. Sephora
    5. Speedway

  • Awards/Achievements

    Winner of over 30 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations in Chicago and over 35 Dora Award nominations in Toronto honoring excellence in professional theatre.

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The Second City

1616 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60614 

Neighborhood: Old Town
Capacity: 500

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