Chicago City Limits

351 E. 74th Street

Chicago City Limits is New York's longest-running comedy revue, thrilling audiences for over twenty-two years with its unique style of improvisational comedy. Its critically acclaimed show, award-winning National Touring Company, and top notch theatr... more

Chicago City Limits is New York's longest-running comedy revue, thrilling audiences for over twenty-two years with its unique style of improvisational comedy. Its critically acclaimed show, award-winning National Touring Company, and top notch theatre training program has made Chicago City Limits a New York landmark. CCL recently returned to the Jan Hus Playhouse, where they performed for over 14 years. Their new show, "Hus on First?" takes aim at the faces, places and events that surround us, with comedy scenes and songs inspired by audience suggestions. There's an improvised version of the game show Jeopardy, a musical -- complete with tunes, lyrics and book -- created on-the-spot based upon audience member's recent experience, the finals of American Idol and much, much more. The show is smart, funny and topical, and great fun for the whole family. Chicago City Limits was founded in 1977 in Chicago by George Todisco and actors participating in the workshop program at The Second City. In 1979, Chicago City Limits relocated to New York, performing regularly at Catch a Rising Star, the Improvisation, the Duplex, and other noted clubs. It established its own theater in the sum... more

Chicago City Limits is New York's longest-running comedy revue, thrilling audiences for over twenty-two years with its unique style of improvisational comedy. Its critically acclaimed show, award-winning National Touring Company, and top notch theatre training program has made Chicago City Limits a New York landmark.

CCL recently returned to the Jan Hus Playhouse, where they performed for over 14 years. Their new show, "Hus on First?" takes aim at the faces, places and events that surround us, with comedy scenes and songs inspired by audience suggestions. There's an improvised version of the game show Jeopardy, a musical -- complete with tunes, lyrics and book -- created on-the-spot based upon audience member's recent experience, the finals of American Idol and much, much more. The show is smart, funny and topical, and great fun for the whole family.

Chicago City Limits was founded in 1977 in Chicago by George Todisco and actors participating in the workshop program at The Second City. In 1979, Chicago City Limits relocated to New York, performing regularly at Catch a Rising Star, the Improvisation, the Duplex, and other noted clubs. It established its own theater in the summer of 1980 and began a continuous run of over 8,500 performances.

Over the years, Chicago City Limits has made numerous TV appearances, including "The Today Show," "McLaughlin," "The Joan Rivers Show," "The Jackie Mason Show," Comedy Central, PBS, and "Good Day NY." The group appeared in its own TV new comedy series, "Reel News," on the USA network.


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Chicago City Limits is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Known as "Clinton" by the municipal government and devotees of former mayor DeWitt Clinton and as "Hell's Kitchen" by Daredevil and everyone else, this area of Midtown West is currently experiencing rapid (re)development. Spanning roughly from West 34th to 59th Streets and from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, it still has a rough-and-tumble character when compared with other more defined neighborhoods in Manhattan. Once a bastion of poor and working-class Irish Americans, over the last decade the neighborhood has undergone tremendous gentrification as a result of its proximity to Midtown's many office buildings. Long-time residents, many of whom enjoyed reasonable rents and decent-sized apartments, are finding that conversion of rent-controlled and -stabilized apartments, coupled with the general building boom and strong economy, brought quick change to this formerly sleepy area. Given the strange, even Byzantine zoning regulations in New York, it’s not unusual to see a tiny brownstone, a remnant of another era, adjacent to or near a brand-new high-rise rental or condominium building. While the wholesome new Theater District has resulted in lower crime rates and decreased the area’s quality-of-life problems such as prostitution, urban transformation for some means a loss of the gritty qualities of this neighborhood for others.

While you'll find thousands of new apartments in Hell's Kitchen west of Ninth Avenue, you'll also find dozens of eclectic and interesting restaurants to boot. Some of our favorites include the terrific Daisy May's BBQ on Eleventh Avenue; the German cuisine of Hallo Berlin and nearby Queen of Sheba featuring great Ethiopian cuisine on Tenth Avenue; French patisserie La Bergamote on West 42nd Street; Bali Nusa Indah on Ninth Avenue has intriguing Indonesian dishes; the Film Center Café for high-powered American diner-style dishes; and the many Thai places dotting Ninth Avenue too numerous to mention.

Hotels in Hell's Kitchen include a number of budget places the further west you go such as The 414 Hotel and the Skyline. While there are dozens of hotels on Eighth Avenue and throughout the Theater District on Eighth Avenue and Broadway, Hell's Kitchen enjoys a somewhat more relaxed pace than the frenetic hubbub you'll find just two avenues further east.

Check out the neighborhood's weekly Chelsea-Clinton News, a great local publication that’s been around longer than the former U.S. President’s daughter!

Info

351 E. 74th Street
New York, NY 11234
(212) 888-5233
Website

Editorial Rating

Admission And Hours

Adults: $25.00
Seniors: $12.50
Students: $12.50

No Drink Minimums
Showtimes:
Friday 8pm
Saturday 7:30pm & 10pm

Nearby Subway

  • to 77th Street

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