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100-Proof Comedy

Open run: Mon 8 PM

Local standups perform. $10

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212


Action Comedy

Open run: Thu 8 PM

Comics are not always funny—but in those cases, they can be claimed as high art, like The Walking Dead or Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Comics—the other kind—aren't always funny either. They either curl up like dead spiders and disappear beneath a dresser forever, or they soldier on to another open mike. That quick homonym demonstration aside, here's the deal with a new stand-up comedy show happening at Challengers Comics + Conversation on the last Thursday of every month. Action Comedy is a nod to Action Comics, the series in which Superman first appeared, published by what would become DC Comics. The show's produced by a five-boy team of Kevin Brody, Mitch Kurka, Ian Abramson, Jeff Scheen, and Zach Peterson, and joins an already pretty stellar line-up of live programming at the shop. Continue reading >>

Challengers Comics + Conversation (map)
1845 N. Western Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-278-0155


Brian Babylon

6/4-6/6: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10 PM


The Comedy Bar (map)
500 N. LaSalle St.
River North
phone 312-836-0499


Best Night Ever

Open run: First and third Monday of the month, 8 PM

Stand-up showcase of local comedians presented by Alex Stone, Thomas Brady, Rebecca O'Neal, Sonia Denis, and Sam McHale.

Gingerman Tavern (map)
3748 N. Clark St.
phone 773-549-2050


The Blind Bet Show

Open run: Wed 9 PM

A weekly stand-up show with a secret headliner. $5
The Pony (map)
1638 W. Belmont Ave.
phone 773-828-5055


Break Out Comedy Festival

Fri 6/5-Sat 6/6, 7:30 and 10 PM

Al Madrigal hosts a lineup that also includes Martin Morrow, Kevin Vidal, Ali Barthwell, and Aisha Alfaon 6/5 and Ron Funches hosts a lineup that includes Danielle Pinnock, Rebecca O'Neal, and Azhar Usman on 6/6. $20

Up Comedy Club (map)
230 W. North Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992


Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM

A showcase. $5, 21+

Beat Kitchen (map)
2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-4444
Chicago Underground Comedy


Chicago's Best Stand Up

2/27-2/28: Fri 8 and 10 PM, Sat 8 PM

An ever-changing lineup of local stand-ups. $17 plus two-drink minimum

Laugh Factory (map)
3175 N. Broadway St.
phone 773-327-3175


Cole’s Comedy Open Mic

Open run: Wed 9 PM
phone 773-276-5802
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Hosted by Sonia Denis and Rebecca O'Neal, this scrappy showcase boasts about 50 comics a week. Free
Cole's (map)
2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-276-5802


Comic Courtesy

Open run: Thu 10 PM

A showcase of local comedians and hip-hop artists. $10

MCL Chicago (map)
3110 N. Sheffield


Congrats on Your Success

First Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.

Rebecca O'Neal hosts this BYOB comedy show that features local stand-ups and is, curiously enough, operated out of a used book store.

Uncharted Books (map)
2630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square Congrats on Your Success


Dean Edwards

6/4-6/7: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 and 10:15 PM, Sat 7 and 9:15 PM, Sun 7 PM

$17 plus two-item minimum

Chicago Improv (map)
5 Woodfield Rd.
Other Suburbs Northwest
phone 847-240-2001


Dean Edwards

6/4-6/7: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 and 10:15 PM, Sat 7 and 9:15 PM, Sun 7 PM

$19 plus two-item minimum

the Improv (map)
Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Rd.
Suburbs Northwest
phone 847-240-2001


The Fancy Beer Comedy Hour

Open run: First Friday of the month, 9 PM

A monthly stand-up showcase that offers a lineup of local comedians and a menu of craft beer specials. $5 suggested donation

Pint (map)
1547 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-772-0990


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