| Oct 20, 2014
| 4:24 PM
An entertainment festival that ArtsQuest started this year will be back for a second year.
The second SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival will be held Jan. 31 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, the organization says on its website, http://www.artsquest....
| Oct 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Los Angeles owns the entertainment world. That's no secret.
The West Coast harnesses Hollywood, multibillion dollar agencies, the homes of the world's biggest movie stars and a booming stand-up comedy scene.
But sketch comedy? It's just not...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 1:58 PM
The Mission Theater, the comedy space inside iO Theater that’s run by TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi, announced its full lineup of programming on Monday. Two of the shows are ongoing, while the other two close at the end of October.
| Oct 6, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Zombies, ghosts and psycho killers don't just haunt horror movies. This Halloween season, they're all over Chicago stages providing scares, laughs and a few racy thrills. If you dare, you can get up close with the creatures of the night at these 14 shows....
| Sep 18, 2014
| 2:29 PM
Autumn! What a magical season.
Time to trade in your overpriced iced coffee for even more overpriced pumpkin spice lattes, your window AC units for gas bills that necessitate a second job, and your shorts for…
...Wait, what’s that sound?...
| Aug 1, 2014
Thirty-two years ago Charna Halpern approached Del Close with an offer. He was already a renowned director in the world of comedy, and working at Second City. She had just launched the ImprovOlympic and wanted him to teach a class.
"I heard about this...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Cooler temperatures and changing leaves might cue the chants of “wait until next year” for Chicago baseball fans, but for theater lovers it's a whole new ballgame. Below are just a few promising names on this fall's roster of shows.
| Aug 31, 2014
| 12:13 PM
When former Chicago writers and improvisers of the caliber of David Koechner, Joel Murray, Laura Krafft, Amber Ruffin, Scott Adsit and Stephnie Weir are to be found together on a stage, replete with a dozen or more of their celebrity friends, it generally...
| 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"...