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The iO Theater

Closed Now: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Open today: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hilarious time and a fun place

I am a regular of Improvised Shakespeare. I love their space and the shows are always incredible... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Katherine Q
Summit, Mississippi
Improv Shakespeare is the best!

Four stages of improv comedy make this a great night out. Weekends there are two shows of... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Considered to be the Mecca of improvisational performance and studies, the iO Theater has helped train and develop the talents of an entire generation of America's best and brightest comedic entertainers for over 35 years. Located in the heart of...more
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1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642-2533
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I am a regular of Improvised Shakespeare. I love their space and the shows are always incredible. The drinks are delicious and the food is great too. The space is so big and tons of fun to explore. I highly encourage you go to see...More

Thank Katherine Q
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Four stages of improv comedy make this a great night out. Weekends there are two shows of Improvised Shakespeare, a five - man troupe who does a hilarious take on the Bard (but don't expect accuracy). Every show is unique based on the audience suggestions,...More

1  Thank moorejjbb
Reviewed 29 May 2018

I previously gave iO a 5-star review in early 2016 and it's still SO funny. We saw a different version of the Improvised Shakespeare company again and it's still one of the best comedy shows I've ever seen.

1  Thank kdkswim
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Have a good time. reasonable drinks. The improv players did excellent job. Come early and sit down front, close to the stage.

Thank Marshall M
Reviewed 13 May 2018

I’m not huge on improv or Shakespeare but came to Improv Shakespeare here with a friend on a whim and was glad I did! The theater itself has several different shows running at the same time, so get there early to pick better seats in...More

Thank leek90
Reviewed 3 May 2018

If you are in Chicago and what to see an Improv or Comedy Show and don't want to spend a ton of money, need last minute tickets, or what to take those under 21 this is the place to go and Improvised Shakespeare will not...More

Thank MelissaPeery
Reviewed 14 April 2018

This is a fun theater in Lincoln Park that sponsors several comedy shows. We went on a Saturday night, with tickets to Improv Shakespeare. I'm not a huge lover of improv comedy, but this was fantastic; the Improv Shakespeare cast was enormously talented and picked-up...More

Thank brmusicman
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We attended an improv show at the this theater on a Saturday. Over all, it was pretty funny. I would say that the 2nd group was funnier than the 1st group. Come a little bit buzzed and be prepared for anything.

1  Thank H4905BOalexg
Reviewed 3 March 2018

The Improvised Shakespeare Company should be seen by all! I have never laughed so hard - there were tears streaming down my face. On the spot improve in iambic pentameter is hard to beat.

Thank bfrieden
Reviewed 6 February 2018

While taking a comedy writing class here, I attended a story telling event which was enjoyable if not well-attended. The stories were quite riveting (and humorous), but suggested that there could be some growth in the richness of the story telling community here in Chicago....More

Thank Daniel S
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16 August 2017|
Response from Creg S | Reviewed this property |
The closest is the North/Clybourn Red line Station.
23 July 2017|
Response from Sarah G | Reviewed this property |
You can check with the company, but one day we went at 6 and ate before the show.