The Second City Announces Accessible Programming Calendar

The Second City is proud to continue improving and evolving the theater's accessible programming in 2019. Through a partnership with the Theater Development Fund (TDF), the legendary comedy company is able to announce a full year's worth of open captioned and audio described performances for the first time.

"In 2018, The Second City dove headfirst into the world of accessibility. With the help and support of the Theater Development Fund, we were able to offer our first-ever open captioned performances and have expanded our programming to offer audio described performances, as well. As the first sketch and improv theater to attempt open captioning, we had the opportunity to discover some creative solutions to the challenges presented by improvisation, an artform fueled by spontaneity," said Second City Associate Producer Jesse Swanson, who is also part of The Second City's Accessibility Committee. "After working with our patrons and partners in the deaf community, and with the support of TDF and C2 (caption coalition) inc., we are excited to offer an open captioned experience that is truly unique."

With this programming, The Second City continues to work to provide increased accessibility accommodations and foster an environment of inclusion for every person in a way that respects the dignity and independence of all, including those with disabilities.

The Second City is eager to expand and advance accessible programming for years to come. Please see below for the 2019 Accessible Programming Calendar.

2019 Accessible Programming Calendar for The Second City

The Best of The Second City: Saturday March 2nd (Audio Described)

The Best of The Second City: Monday, March 18 2019 at 8pm (Open Captioned)

Improv Comedy Hour: Monday, April 15 at 8pm (Open Captioned)

The Second City e.t.c.'s 43rd Revue: Sunday, May 19 at 7pm (Open Captioned)

The Second City e.t.c.'s 43rd Revue: Thursday, June 6 at 8pm (Audio Described)

Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo: Friday, July 26 at 8pm (Open Captioned)

Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo: Thursday, August 8 at 8pm (Audio Described)

Untitled Fall Project: Friday, September 20 at 8pm (Open Captioned)

Untitled Fall Project: Friday, October 25 8pm (Audio Described)

The Second City e.t.c.'s 43rd Revue: Saturday, November 16 at 8pm (Open Captioned)

Annual Holiday Show (Title TBD): Thursday, December 12 at 8pm (Open Captioned)

The Second City's 108th Mainstage Revue: Friday, December 20 at 8pm (Open Captioned)

Tickets can be purchased in person at The Second City Box Office (230 W. North Avenue, 1st floor Box Office), by phone at 312-337-3992, or via email to

For more information on The Second City's accessibility services in Chicago, click here or email

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