| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:04 PM
NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” will film part of an episode in Chicago this week, according to the Illinois Film Office.
The series stars iO and Second City alum Amy Poehler and is set in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. It’s...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Of all the sectors of the arts and entertainment industry in Chicago, none has seen anything close to the level of explosive growth in 2014 enjoyed by the institutions that make people laugh.
This has been easy to miss.
Unlike prestigious nonprofit...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 6:51 AM
Improv hub iO Theater recently moved into new digs in a freshly renovated building in Lincoln Park's Clybourn Corridor.
A celebrity-filled grand opening is slated for this weekend (Aug. 29 & 30) featuring performances from alumni including: "30 Rock"...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Jeff Arcuri is a joke machine tonight. As the host of “This Week’s Show” every Thursday at Bar Celona in Wrigleyville, it’s his job to amp up the crowd, and he’s doing it well. “I want to get a tattoo of a cross with my...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 12:45 PM
TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi are known nationally as masters of long-form improvisation, that made-in-Chicago art form wherein a single audience suggestion of dialogue or a situation can unspool into a 90-minute show, never to be repeated. This past...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 1:40 PM
The new iO Chicago Theater in the Clybourn Corridor has announced its full roster for its grand opening weekend Aug. 29 and 30, and it’ll bring back a celebrity-filled lineup of Chicago improv alumni. As reported earlier in the Tribune, performers...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo make a living poking fun at our deepest insecurities — and the magazines that feed them.
Newell and Pappalardo are the founding editors of Reductress, the year-old fake women's news magazine. Their site has been...
| Aug 1, 2014
His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers.
| Jul 20, 2014
| 12:51 PM
When I talked with iO Theater proprietor Charna Halpern late Saturday night, she didn't seem particularly nostalgic about the Wrigleyville location she was leaving after nearly 20 years. "I'm not sad," she said. Not even a little bittersweet. Next week...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 4:50 AM
Second City, the famed Chicago comedy theater, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the former AMC movie theater inside the Piper's Alley complex at 230 W. North Ave. Second City plans to fill the new space with “student-centered facilities,&...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:07 AM
Margaret Hicks has a simple message for visitors to Chicago and natives alike: Look up.
Better yet, look up and look closely at all the rich ornamentation adorning so many classic buildings in the Loop. Here, take these binoculars, take a moment —...