1501 Kingsbury facility is open for students
Even as we’re finishing up work on our new theaters, the iO Training Center is open for business! Classes are in session now, and enrollment for next session, beginning the week of August 24th, is open! You can find more information here.
Registration for improvisation level one, the writing program, and our electives is open and ongoing. Contact our Training Center director at 773-880-0199 to register today. All classes will meet at our new facility on 1501 Kingsbury St in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.
Thanks for 20 great years, Wrigleyville.
On July 19th, the final performances of the Armando Diaz Theatrical Movement/Experience and Chaos Theory signified the end of our time at Clark and Addison. Our longtime home in Wrigleyville is now closed, and our full attention is on getting our new facility ready for an August opening.
We will announce the schedule and ticket sale information shortly. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news and information, and join our mailing list to get first word when you can reserve seats for shows in our amazing new location at 1501 Kingsbury.
iO Chicago is Moving To A New Home!
After almost 20 years at 3541 N. Clark St., the iO Theater in Chicago (formerly known as the “ImprovOlympic”) will be closing its doors on July 19th and resume shows at our new home, 1501 N. Kingsbury, on August 1st.
iO’s new home will boast 4 theaters, 3 bars, and Events space, and an expanded Training Center.
We’d like to thank our fellow business for their support and encourage all of our patrons to visit us at our new home.
Stay tuned for more details!
Prices slashed on iO t-shirts and hoodies!
If you’ve ever wanted to rep iO with a stylish hoodie or a sharp t-shirt, you’re in luck. Our prices are now, in fact, INSANE. Check out these GREAT DEALS on QUALITY TEXTILES!
Del Close “Follow the Fear” T-Shirt (grey or red) – $10
“Formerly Improv Olympic” Hoodie (grey or red) – $35
Available for purchase in our box office! Swing by after a show!
Late Night host and iO alum's priceless advice
Seth Meyers dropped a little anecdote from his time at iO on Wednesday’s “Late Night.” If you ever find your improv team desperately wanting to throw your Cagematch show, you’d do well to heed Seth’s advice.
First show tonight!
Modern Harold legends THE LATE 90’S start their run as the anchor of a new three-team Harold night TONIGHT at 8:00 in the Cab.
The Late 90’s has won three consecutive Del Awards for Best Team. Check them out, paired with two different Harold openers every Thursday at 8:00. Tickets are only $12.
Check out Nina Metz’ great review of our newest sketch offering: Virgin Daiquiri’s “Lean Back.”
“Saturday Night Live” cast members Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant came up through the all-female improv team Virgin Daiquiri at iO, which says something about this group’s ability to attract and hone talent.
You can catch its Wednesday-night gig every week at iO — or for the next month or so, their new sketch show in the late-night Saturday slot. Either way you’re in safe hands. “Lean Back” doesn’t feel markedly different from a Virgin Daiquiri improv show in that you don’t walk away thinking, “Wow, they are even sharper when working from scripted material.” The quality feels pretty much the same, which is to say it’s very good." – Chicago Tribune
Come check out the show every Saturday night at 10:30 in our Del Close Theater. Tickets are only $14!
Jordan Klepper, an iO alum and founding castmember of our improvised news satire program Whirled News Tonight, has tapped to join the Daily Show as a correspondent. He’ll make his debut on tonight’s program, reporting “live” from Ukraine. Tune in and cheer him on!