Chicago Improv

Chicago Improv, Schaumburg: Address, Phone Number, Chicago Improv Reviews: 4/5

Chicago Improv
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4.0
119 reviews
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Jazaer F
Thornton, IL7 contributions
Not too impressed
Mar 2019
could barely hear comedians and not much in the way of atmosphere. Have gone to better more intimate venues.
Written February 19, 2020
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Jason S
Chicago, IL71 contributions
Great venue, Great views, Great Value.
Jan 2020
We recently made our first visit to this Improv location to see Orny Adams (absolutely hilarious), and I am very impressed with this venue. Good location in Chicago’s suburbs to avoid crazy traffic, parking, etc. The Improv is at the Woodfield Mall, but the entrance is from outdoors near the Texas de Brazil steakhouse. Once inside everything is very inviting from the bar area to the performance room. For a space that can seat over 400, it is very cozy and intimate with not a bad seat in the place. It is general admission with a two drink or two menu item minimum per person, and for a typical Saturday 7:00 pm show (Fridays can be 30 minutes later), the outside doors open at 5 pm, but outdoor lines will form before that depending on the act and the weather. Seating is on a 'first come' basis, so a little waiting before the venue opens may snag you seats right up front.

Saturday dinner reservations start at 5:30 pm and the opening act will start right at 7:00 pm. If there is a feature, then that will follow the opener, and then the headliner for an hour or maybe a little more. Fridays and Saturdays there is usually a later show, and Saturday usually starts at 9:15 pm (Fridays 9:45 pm). Regardless, there is a full bar and full menu (2 drink or menu item minimum per person), and service is good and fast. It has a typical bar menu and appetizers but also a few healthier choices like salads or salmon, etc. Our table of six had a few burgers/fries (good), chili lime salmon (good), and shrimp fettuccine alfredo (good) as well as some appetizers, calamari (good), fries and garlic butter (good), Mazzarella sticks (ok), fried green beans (????), and Chicken flautas (good) The portions were all decent, and prices are typical for the area. The drinks were likewise fine, and with Chicago suburb prices, but stick with the basics. Beers, wine, standard mixed drinks are your best bet. We did try some more mixed drinks too with ‘mixed’ results; dirty martini (good), Bloody Mary (weak), Irish coffee (ok), and whisky old fashioned (ok).

At the end of the day, this is a comedy club first; a bar secondly, and then a restaurant, and as an overall package its really well done. Most importantly, ticket prices for premier acts are very affordable for Chicagoland ($15-$45, Orny Adams was a bargain at $28!) The nice part is that you can get there early and relax in a great seat for the show and with the convenience of food and beverages. When added up, dinner with drinks plus a ticket is likely less than the cost of many comedy shows in bigger venues, and at the Improve you are much closer to the action. We loved it, and we’ll be back.
Written January 26, 2020
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PandaPAB
Chicago, IL213 contributions
Finally Got Here
Dec 2019
Lived nearby most of my life, and have always wanted to go - finally did, and enjoyed it. Husband isn't a big fan of stand up, but he's starting to like it. We saw Rob Schneider on 12/27/19 - he was good. It was crowded, and we didn't get a great table - but it certainly could have been worse.

We didn't eat there, just got our 2 drinks minimum a piece - and let me tell you, don't order the margarita - it's simply awful...... I couldn't even drink it. I poured water in it, and STILL couldn't drink it.

Surprisingly the prices were reasonable - I expected them to be off the charts - even the food menu is reasonable, but like I said - we did not eat there. We will surely go again!
Written January 7, 2020
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111bertg
Lake Zurich, IL2 contributions
New Years Eve Dinner
Dec 2019 • Couples
The first time we went to this Improv at Woodfield Mall. It was a NYE special dinner & comedy. As expected, it was crowded. Drinks were served quickly. But then it was hit and miss with the food delivery. Some rows were already done and eating dessert, while we were still waiting for our salads. Food quality was ok, you don't expect a 5star restaurant. At some point the non-dinner crowd comes in and joins you at your table. Weird. Comedian Rocky Laporte was funny, the 2 openers were good.
Written January 1, 2020
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Kyle L
1 contribution
Great time!
Sep 2019
This is my 5th or 6th time going. Every comedian has been great and the service always meets or exceeds expectations. Always a great night out.
Written October 14, 2019
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Ginger0529
Schaumburg, IL454 contributions
Forget the F word
Oct 2019 • Couples
Went for a family celebration. Parking at the shopping center was difficult so allow extra time, especially on a weekend. Food was good and drinks were reasonably priced. Staff were very friendly and helpful, returning many times to see if we wanted anything else. It seemed that the f word was used by the first 2 comedians every other word. The 3 rd comedian was funnier than the previous 2 but still resorted to the f word far more often than needed or appropriate. Maybe I’m getting old but it a shame these entertainers were so limited in their vocabularies that they felt they needed the f word so often !
Written October 14, 2019
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luberthaharris
21 contributions
Love this place
May 2019 • Friends
The food will surprise you because it's actually good so no need to go elsewhere for dinner before the show. I like coming here when they have a comic here I like. Sometimes I like the opening act better but it's usually a good night out.
Written October 9, 2019
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Inspire203576
2 contributions
Great environment
Sep 2019 • Couples
The line grew long as we were waiting for entry; however, the staff was very efficient in seating the crowd once the theatre was opened. Not a bad seat in the house. The servers had manageable areas and provided good customer service. Looking forward to my next visit!
Written September 18, 2019
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san123Dc
dc50 contributions
Always fun!
Aug 2019 • Couples
We always have a fun night at the Improv. Have not seen a bad show yet. 2 item minimum, which is typical. Service can be slow.
Written August 26, 2019
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DaveAndAudrey
Wauconda, IL117 contributions
We had a great time!
Jul 2019
It's a bit expensive but most of Schaumburg is. I only go when I get discount tickets. Too much political BS with these comedians to pay full price.
Written July 2, 2019
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