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The iO Theater boasts four performance spaces to showcase our most popular shows, our Harold teams, and our guest shows.

All Upcoming Events

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 12/14

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Are you good at relationships? Neither are we. Grab your friends, lovers and enemies and share your most messed up relationship stories at the nastiest show in town. Featuring some of Chicago's top talent, YFUR will improvise the details of your juiciest past flings and remind you of why you dumped their a$$ in the first place.

Starring: Abby McEnany, Allison Ringhand, Ashley Victoria, Becca Slack, Brian Holden, Chelsea Norment, Damon Royster, Eddie Klinker, EJ Cameron, Eric Rahill, Eunji Kim, Jack Felker, Jo Feldman, Julia Weiss, Katie Kershaw, Katie McCarty, Kristin Ramsey, Lawrence Collerd, Liz Kirkwood, Manuela Mendoza, Mary Catherine Curran, Nate Gold, Nicole Antonuccio, Ollie Hobson, Rob Wilson, Robel Arega, Scott Piebenga, Shelby Jo Plummer, Susan Glynn, Terrence Carey

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/14

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 12/14

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

The Deltones is an ensemble made up of members of some of iO’s premier ensembles, that performs a completely improvised musical.

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with Dumb John!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 12/14

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/14

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 12/14

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 12/16

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Chicago’s longest running improvised comedy show, “The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience Movement & Hootenanny”, aka, “The Armando Diaz Experience”, is a two-act “long-form” improvised show in which a monologist tells personal stories that provides the inspiration for the resulting scenes by that night’s cast. Each Monday night the cast features some of the very best improvisers in Chicago alongside special guest celebrity monologists.

Founded by Adam McKay (SNL, Anchorman, Talladega Nights), Dave Koechner (Anchorman, Thank You For Smoking, SNL) and Del Close (iO co-founder) The Armando Diaz Experience is iO’s longest running show and a landmark of comedy in Chicago.

$12.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 12/17

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

The Pool is an improvised show performed by up-and-coming talent from the iO Training Center.

$8.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Wed 12/18

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years.

* This show is not suitable for children *


Felt plays every Wednesday night with a different opening Harold team.

$5.00

Virgin Daiquiri

Virgin Daiquiri

Wed 12/18

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Every Wednesday night iO offers a FREE night of comedy featuring the all-female team, Virgin Daiquiri, and a different opening team every week!

Free

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 12/19

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 12/20

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 12/20

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

It's about to heat up in here! This Reader-Recommended show features some of iO's best players and invites the audience to ask the questions that we're afraid to answer. Get ready for some good old-fashioned truth telling and all the improv that might spin from it.

Starring: Allison Ringhand, Dina Facklis, Laurel Krabacher, Becca Barish, Lindsey Smith, Alison Gates, Dana Quercioli, Tim Lyons, Damian Anaya, Vince Portacci, Dan White, Neil Jacobsen, Lawrence Collerd, Dan Bazaldua, Justin Drogos, Meghan Babbe, Mike Brunlieb, Geoff Dow, Greg Worsley, Phylicia Mcleod, and Brett Lyons.

Poster: Tim Lyons

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 12/20

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 12/21

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Are you good at relationships? Neither are we. Grab your friends, lovers and enemies and share your most messed up relationship stories at the nastiest show in town. Featuring some of Chicago's top talent, YFUR will improvise the details of your juiciest past flings and remind you of why you dumped their a$$ in the first place.

Starring: Abby McEnany, Allison Ringhand, Ashley Victoria, Becca Slack, Brian Holden, Chelsea Norment, Damon Royster, Eddie Klinker, EJ Cameron, Eric Rahill, Eunji Kim, Jack Felker, Jo Feldman, Julia Weiss, Katie Kershaw, Katie McCarty, Kristin Ramsey, Lawrence Collerd, Liz Kirkwood, Manuela Mendoza, Mary Catherine Curran, Nate Gold, Nicole Antonuccio, Ollie Hobson, Rob Wilson, Robel Arega, Scott Piebenga, Shelby Jo Plummer, Susan Glynn, Terrence Carey

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/21

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 12/21

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

The Deltones is an ensemble made up of members of some of iO’s premier ensembles, that performs a completely improvised musical.

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with Dumb John!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 12/21

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/21

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 12/21

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 12/23

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Chicago’s longest running improvised comedy show, “The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience Movement & Hootenanny”, aka, “The Armando Diaz Experience”, is a two-act “long-form” improvised show in which a monologist tells personal stories that provides the inspiration for the resulting scenes by that night’s cast. Each Monday night the cast features some of the very best improvisers in Chicago alongside special guest celebrity monologists.

Founded by Adam McKay (SNL, Anchorman, Talladega Nights), Dave Koechner (Anchorman, Thank You For Smoking, SNL) and Del Close (iO co-founder) The Armando Diaz Experience is iO’s longest running show and a landmark of comedy in Chicago.

$12.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 12/24

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

The Pool is an improvised show performed by up-and-coming talent from the iO Training Center.

$8.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Wed 12/25

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years.

* This show is not suitable for children *


Felt plays every Wednesday night with a different opening Harold team.

$5.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 12/26

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 12/27

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 12/27

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

It's about to heat up in here! This Reader-Recommended show features some of iO's best players and invites the audience to ask the questions that we're afraid to answer. Get ready for some good old-fashioned truth telling and all the improv that might spin from it.

Starring: Allison Ringhand, Dina Facklis, Laurel Krabacher, Becca Barish, Lindsey Smith, Alison Gates, Dana Quercioli, Tim Lyons, Damian Anaya, Vince Portacci, Dan White, Neil Jacobsen, Lawrence Collerd, Dan Bazaldua, Justin Drogos, Meghan Babbe, Mike Brunlieb, Geoff Dow, Greg Worsley, Phylicia Mcleod, and Brett Lyons.

Poster: Tim Lyons

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 12/27

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 12/28

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Are you good at relationships? Neither are we. Grab your friends, lovers and enemies and share your most messed up relationship stories at the nastiest show in town. Featuring some of Chicago's top talent, YFUR will improvise the details of your juiciest past flings and remind you of why you dumped their a$$ in the first place.

Starring: Abby McEnany, Allison Ringhand, Ashley Victoria, Becca Slack, Brian Holden, Chelsea Norment, Damon Royster, Eddie Klinker, EJ Cameron, Eric Rahill, Eunji Kim, Jack Felker, Jo Feldman, Julia Weiss, Katie Kershaw, Katie McCarty, Kristin Ramsey, Lawrence Collerd, Liz Kirkwood, Manuela Mendoza, Mary Catherine Curran, Nate Gold, Nicole Antonuccio, Ollie Hobson, Rob Wilson, Robel Arega, Scott Piebenga, Shelby Jo Plummer, Susan Glynn, Terrence Carey

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/28

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 12/28

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

The Deltones is an ensemble made up of members of some of iO’s premier ensembles, that performs a completely improvised musical.

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with Dumb John!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 12/28

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/28

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 12/28

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 12/30

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

Chicago’s longest running improvised comedy show, “The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience Movement & Hootenanny”, aka, “The Armando Diaz Experience”, is a two-act “long-form” improvised show in which a monologist tells personal stories that provides the inspiration for the resulting scenes by that night’s cast. Each Monday night the cast features some of the very best improvisers in Chicago alongside special guest celebrity monologists.

Founded by Adam McKay (SNL, Anchorman, Talladega Nights), Dave Koechner (Anchorman, Thank You For Smoking, SNL) and Del Close (iO co-founder) The Armando Diaz Experience is iO’s longest running show and a landmark of comedy in Chicago.

$12.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 12/31

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

The Pool is an improvised show performed by up-and-coming talent from the iO Training Center.

$8.00