Open since February 17, Up Comedy Club is Second City's new comedy-cabaret theater in the former Tony and Tina's Wedding space in Piper's Alley. The venue offers entertainment seven nights a week, along with midweek matinees. The on-site restaurant and bar serves traditional Chicago fare such as Lou Malnati's pizza, Vienna Beef hot dogs, and Eli's cheesecake. Available for private shows and buyouts, the space has a 285-guest capacity. For additional fees, staffers can arrange for customized Second City performances lasting 60, 90, or 120 minutes. They can also lead groups through teambuilding activities and workshops in topics such as presentation skills and adapting to change. Classroom-style seating can accommodate 80, 50 guests can sit in a U-shape, and 100 can sit in a banquet-style setting. There are two levels of cabaret-style seating, and booths include the Ambassador East's historic Booth One, which was salvaged from the recently shuttered hotel. (In the Ambassador East's heyday, the hard-to-score booth sat celebrities like Frank Sinatra.) Audiovisual amenities, included with rental, include two wireless microphones, two microphones with stands, a full sound system with a CD player, a stage manager and audio and light technician, two 70-inch LCD televisions, and a central screen for PowerPoint presentations. Other perks include an ushering staff and skirted tables.
Photo: John McCloskey