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The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar

Closed Now: 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
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One of the two best Improv Venus in Chicago.

When in Chicago, go see improv at the Annoyance theatre or at IO Chicago. The Annoyance theatre... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
Even the main stage is intimate

Recently viewed a production of Steamworks. Theatre is set up in a comedy style format. No bad... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Aurora, Colorado
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“New Years Eve ”
31 Jan 2018
“Sorry, not a fan”
The Annoyance is a popular theatre and bar that provides year round entertaiment, mostly in comedy and improvisation. Known for their edgy, sometimes outrageous humor, Annoyance provides a safe bet for those seeking off-the-beaten-track...more
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851 W Belmont Ave, Fl 2, Chicago, IL 60657-4401
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hilarious! This was such a fun evening! Mick Napier was an incredible host. The cast gave a very creative, hilarious performance! Hitchcocktails is a must see! We highly recommend checking this venue out! As for us, we are I’ll definitely come back.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

The Annoyance Theater is a basic local comedy club with talent that are honing their skills. Sadly, the night we attended the Fire and Beer performance was lacking in humor and simply "not good". There were a few sketches that had some break-out moments, but...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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jcestlin, Owner at The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Sorry you didn't enjoy the show you saw, but hope you had a good experience at our theatre and bar. Agreed - not all shows are going to hit, but we do run 32 different shows a week, so there's usually something for everyone to...More

Reviewed 21 December 2017

Hitch Cocktails is an ad libbed play based loosely on one or more Hitchcock movies. This particular play was set in a corn field (audience suggestion). Liberally sprinkled with Psycho, The Lady Vanishes, The Birds and others. When a cast member actually says a Hitchcock...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank John F
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Annoyance Theater is a nice venue with some interesting shows ... all let down by an arrogant and self-important bar/lobby area. Perhaps the staff have taken the 'Annoyance' name as a theme for treating customers? The staff seem to expect customers to know how they...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank PeterD025
jcestlin, Owner at The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Hi Peter, I'm so sorry to see this review - especially because our bar is usually something we get great compliments for. Your points will be shared with our staff, and I'll make sure we do a better job of communicating to our customers how...More

Reviewed 30 May 2017

When in Chicago, go see improv at the Annoyance theatre or at IO Chicago. The Annoyance theatre tends to break the rules with their improv. I came on a Saturday night and saw House and Brew. They are one of their house improv teams. It...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Recently viewed a production of Steamworks. Theatre is set up in a comedy style format. No bad seats in the house but a small menu even in the large theatre. A nice new find - my first visit.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Saw two shows at this great intamate theatre in one night. I had enjoyed the first show so much, I took the actors advice and went to the next show! The talent and of the actors at Annoyance is phenomenal! Non stop laughs, and true...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Really good performance in small theater - improv by Fire and Beer. Laughed the whole time. Prices are great for tickets and beer prices reasonable too. Great way to spend an evening.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank vickimcintire
jcestlin, Owner at The Annoyance - Theatre & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

So glad you enjoyed your time -please come back for more!

Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

For years we have gone to Second City but decided to try something different. We saw "The Dead Boy Scout Musical" which generated few laughs. Certainly this was much cheaper than Second City but you get what you pay for. Plus parking in the Newtown...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This place teaches a much more complicated school of improv. So, if you take classes/workshops there you'll find a huge difference than the other improv places in town. They have great shows here and they are a lot of fun. Trigger-happy on Wednesday nights is...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Cliff Z
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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
There is a full bar. The food list is short and snack like. Eat first . Laugh later. Be prepared to bring a sense of humor, and tissues, you'll laugh till you cry.