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THE BIRTHPLACE OF LONGFORM IMPROV & HOME TO SOME OF THE BEST IMPROV COMEDY SHOWS IN THE COUNTRY!

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INSPIRING GENERATIONS OF AMERICA'S BRIGHTEST COMEDIC ENTERTAINERS SINCE 1981!

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A two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare.

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Del Close Theater

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Big Tobacco

The Harold Team Uh Oh

Wed 10/18

8:00 pm

Chicago, IL

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The Late 90's

The Harold Team Rodeo

The Harold Team Coach

Wed 10/18

10:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Thu 10/19

8:00 pm

Chicago, IL

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The Scene

The Harold Team First Kiss

Thu 10/19

10:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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Mission Theater

The CDCC Presents: Queer AF

Wed 10/18

8:00 pm

Chicago, IL

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The Co-op

Wed 10/18

10:00 pm

Chicago, IL

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Glass Basement

Thu 10/19

8:00 pm

Chicago, IL

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Witi, An Interactive Show

Thu 10/19

10:00 pm

Chicago, IL

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Chris Farley Cabaret

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Hometown

The Harold Team Bad Bear

Wed 10/18

8:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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CAGEMATCH

Wed 10/18

10:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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SmallProv

Thu 10/19

8:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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Girl Gang

Thu 10/19

10:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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Jason Chin Cabaret

In Process

Wed 10/18

7:00 pm

Chicago, IL

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Ben Plays The Mayor

Wed 10/18

8:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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Face Plants with Carl and The Passions

The Harold Team Artemis

Wed 10/18

10:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Cecilia

Thu 10/19

8:30 pm

Chicago, IL

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“This is the most important group work since they built the pyramids” - Bill Murray

Considered to be the Mecca of improvisation, the iO Theater boasts an Improv Training Center that has helped train and develop the talents of an entire generation of America’s best and brightest comedic entertainers for over 30 years. Want more? Our Writing Program and battery of electives will help you develop whatever comedy skills you need!

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    Training America’s Best Comedic Entertainers for over 30 years

    Widely considered to be the premier venue for long-form improvisational performances and classes, the iO Theater (formerly known as the ImprovOlympic Theater) was founded in 1981 by Charna Halpern and the late great improvisational teacher and director, Del Close.

    Chicago's Favorite Comedy Spot

    The iO Theater is the home of long-form improvisation and Chicago's Best Improv Comedy.

    Located in Chicago's Lincoln Park Neighborhood, the iO Theater features 4 theaters (with shows 7 nights a week), 2 bars, a kitchen, beer garden, and Event space with over 33,000 square feet of space.

    Daily Drink Specials! Students view shows for free!

    WHEN IT COMES TO COMEDY, WE'RE ALL BUSINESS.

    Do you want entertainment for your conference, meeting or celebration? Let iO put together a hilarious improv show to bring down the house or have us write customized material to make light of issues related to your company or business field. If you can dream it up, we can handle it. If you can’t, then we’ll take care of that too.

    Our writers have gone on to work at such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock and MADtv, and countless other shows. So rest assured knowing you’re in good hands.