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Dream Freaks Fall From Space

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 4 PM, Tue 8 PM
Second City 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$29-$46


Second City is in denial. Donald Trump is our president, and along with that comes a host of issues regarding race, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and police brutality, among other things. The cast of the brand-new yet already outdated main-stage revue Dream Freaks Fall From Space tackle these loaded topics by mentioning them, then moving right along. And speaking of denial, scenes break one of the most fundamental rules of improvisation—embody the spirit of "yes, and . . . " to complement your partner onstage. Here instead actors deny ideas with "What are you talking about?" Second City is the tentpole of Chicago comedy for the rest of the country, but Dream Freaks feels like it was concocted in an intermediate-level improv class where mere nods get laughs and politics get skewered with Pixy Stix. Continue reading >> 312-337-3992

English Beat

Wed., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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312-733-9463

Comedians You Should Know

Open run: Thu 9 PM


A mix of barflys and independent comedy fans flocks to this weekly showcase, one of the best in the city. The room is friendly, and if hecklers appear, they're shut down affably by Chicago's top stand-ups. It's not a place to try out new material, so the comedians hit jokes hard. And the audience, sitting close and around the stage like a big hug, welcomes the change of pace from the bar's drunk tomfoolery. CYSK is an appropriate name. 312-642-0700

Reckless Kelly, South City Revival

Thu., Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m.
FitzGerald's 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn Berwyn


708-788-2118

Kevin Griffin, Ralph Covert

Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Ghostmane, City Morgue, Wavy Jones

Sun., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Matisyahu

Oct. 28-30, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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David Cook, Tyler Boone

Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Loose Ends

Sat., Nov. 3, 7 & 10 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Vusi Mahlasela

Sun., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Katharine McPhee

Mon., Nov. 5, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde

Tue., Nov. 6, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Keller Williams Duo

Thu., Nov. 8, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Conya Doss

Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Eliane Elias

Tue., Nov. 13, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Joe Henry

Thu., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Expendables

Mon., Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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J Mascis

Nov. 20-21, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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30db

Fri., Nov. 23, 7 & 10 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Bodeans

Sat., Nov. 24, 7 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Anthony David

Mon., Nov. 26, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Pokey LaFarge

Tue., Nov. 27, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Dwele

Thu., Nov. 29, 9:30 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Jennifer Knapp & Margaret Becker

Sun., Dec. 2, 12 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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