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  • Chicago Live! comes home to Old Town

    Chicago Live! comes home to Old Town
    On the opening night of Chicago Live! Thursday, in its new home at Pipers Alley with The Second City, the show didn't feel new: It felt like a homecoming. No one from Chicago would feel out of place. Rick Kogan needed no script to talk about the 43rd...
  • Tulip Time Announces Two New Shows

    Tulip Time Announces Two New Shows
    Tulip Time Festival announces Chicago sketch comedy theatre, The Second City's Laugh Out Loud Tour, is joining the entertainment line-up. For the first time this year, FOX 17 will be the proud sponsor of the festival. A second performance of The Doug...
  • Interviewing Billy Corgan

    Interviewing Billy Corgan
    Thursday night’s Chicago Live! audience seemed skewed toward the under-30 age group. They arrived early. They stood and waited in the heat. And, in honor of guest Billy Corgan, they wore a lot of Smashing Pumpkins T-shirts. The sold-out crowd saw...
  • Archives: Rick Kogan on the Earl of Old Town

    Archives: Rick Kogan on the Earl of Old Town
    The Earl of Old Town was a saloon at 1615 N. Wells St. that closed more than three decades ago but, like a song that you can't get out of your head, it remains alive today. Long after the Earl had become a pleasant bar named the Last Call (it is now...
  • Epic's debut lives up to name

    Epic's debut lives up to name
    Norwegian Cruise Line's long-anticipated Epic has finally arrived, and it rocks. Long an industry innovator with a list of firsts that includes the first alternate-dining restaurant at sea and a secluded complex of luxury villas atop the ship, NCL yet...
  • The 1890 Census and "Second City"

    The 1890 Census and "Second City"
    On this date Chicago began its 94-year reign as the nation's " Second City." The 1,099,850 souls the United States Census counted in Chicago represented a 119 percent increase over the city's population just 10 years earlier. The landmark tally made...
  • City of broad strictures

    Chicago's grit is the stuff of legend. The city's hardscrabble history conjures images of wind-beaten dock hands; rugged immigrants working punishing factory jobs; and 500 acres of slaughterhouses and their hard-time killing floors. At the same time,...
  • How to fake being funny

    How to fake being funny
    The Faker, let's be honest, is the life of the party. While at any given moment, he could be faking anything from mild amusement to a grand mal seizure, he's never dull. Still, he admits a pang of envy every now and again when he glances across a crowded...
  • Second City takes aim at O.C. with new stage production

    Second City takes aim at O.C. with new stage production
  • Second City's first-rate legacy

    Second City's first-rate legacy
    It was born of University of Chicago nerds at the end of McCarthyism, back when cutting-edge comedy meant jokes about your mother-in-law. It fed on the slow Chicago burn of 1960s counterculture, even though the demons of drugs and alcohol took down more...
  • FEATURED VIDEO: Rod Blagojevich at Second City

    FEATURED VIDEO: Rod Blagojevich at Second City
    Second City has been roasting Rod Blagojevich every night. This past weekend, they got him to come on stage.
  • Bonnie Hunt prepares (sort of) for daytime TV

    Bonnie Hunt prepares (sort of) for daytime TV
    SPEND AN hour or so with Bonnie Hunt these days and you come away convinced she's got a daytime talk show inside her head. The only question now is whether she and her producers can extract and polish that vision within the next three weeks, when "The...