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Zanies Comedy Club

1548 N Wells St, Between North Ave. and Schiller St, Chicago, IL 60610-1308
+1 312-337-4027
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Not a bad place for comedy in Chicago.

It took me 11 years of living in Chicago to visit Zanies, but now I can tick this off my list. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Schuyler P
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Chicago, Illinois
Not for Claustorphobics

This place is small and seating is tight. It is uncomfortable if you or your next neighbor is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
molar75
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Peoria, Illinois
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Chicago's original home for stand up comedy. National headliners 7 nights a week. Celebrating 40 years of laughter. EST. 1978
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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Hours Today: 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1548 N Wells St, Between North Ave. and Schiller St, Chicago, IL 60610-1308
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+1 312-337-4027
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It took me 11 years of living in Chicago to visit Zanies, but now I can tick this off my list. We went to see a special performer, and had a great time. It's an intimate club, in the same way Second City is (or...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is small and seating is tight. It is uncomfortable if you or your next neighbor is overweight. It looks like it was designed by an airline executive trying to cram as many people in as possible into this space. . The wine is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I explained that I didn't want a second drink because I'd had stomach cramps all day and was told there's a $5 minimum, even though I'd already bought and overpriced cocktail and a $30 ticket I said I wasn't willing to pay that. It's...More

Thank Charlotte R
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We went to a stand up show at historic Zanies and we weren’t disappointed. All four comics killed. The walls are covered with a who’s who of famous Zanies performers and visitors. The tickets were reasonable and the two drink minimum was very affordable. This...More

Thank Nicholas S
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We were seated in the back of the room where the acoustics are poor. Management must address this issue. Get there early to get seats in front. Except for the host and Tony Woods the rest of the comedians were poor quality. Service is slow....More

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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

This is a nice comedy club. Staff is friendly, prices are decent and they have an awesome selection of comedians.

Thank Holly P
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Zanies1978, Manager at Zanies Comedy Club, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

We're so glad you had a nice time at Zanies! Thanks for supporting live comedy.

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

An old school comedy club in Old Town Chicago; a ton of well known comedians have passed through this gem. It is a bit tiny but well worth it! Hilarious performers and great service!

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Zanies1978, Manager at Zanies Comedy Club, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for coming to Zanies! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come back again soon!

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We saw a performance on a Saturday night and had fun. The venue is small (think long, narrow, row house size) with chairs set up in rows. There is a bar at the back and a few wait staff who serve drinks to patrons. There...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

This is my go to place for guaranteed entertainment every time I stay downtown. I live 20 mins outside of Chicago and sometimes we have Zanies stays, just to do Zanies and Dave and Busters. I love this location.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This was a very small venue but it was fun. I think we were lucky with the seats we got because some of them looked very crowded and awkward. The host and performers were great. It took forever to get a glass of water. You...More

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Management response:Responded 7 September 2017

Hi Christine, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the show and seats you had. I'm sorry to hear about the slow service and experience of waiting outside. I will personally follow up with my hostess on the problem you mentioned outside. Please contact me at...More

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