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Improv with The Second City

Improv with The Second City is held in partnership with The Chicago Children’s Theatre and takes place at The Station, 100 S Racine.

This class is kids ages 5-8 who want an introduction to improvisation and learning to play with others in a structured setting. This class uses some of the tenets of improv like creating a supportive environment and the concept of “Yes, and” to teach kids some basic skills. This isn’t about laying the foundation for kids to be comedians or improvisers; it’s about getting them on their feet and presenting them with a new way to learn how to work with others.

This class teaches the building blocks of basic improv. The games and exercises are mostly guided play that develops social skills and confidence. The focus here is put on physical expression rather than verbal. The kids will learn how to work and have fun together with others.

The kids will participate in fun games and exercises that will have them do such things as riding a “magic elevator” or being an exhibit in a museum. These are all designed to be fun with no pressure to perform placed upon the children.

This class is for kids ages 9-13 who want an introduction to improvisation. This class uses some of the tenets of improv like creating a supportive environment and the concept of “Yes, and” to teach kids some basic skills. It gets them on their feet and presents them with a new way to learn how to work with others. It is a great opportunity for them to meet new friends. This class provides an opportunity for older kids to work together and be creative with other kids in activities that aren’t sports related.

This class teaches the building blocks of basic improv and introduces kids to the fundamental aspects of performing. The games and exercises develop social skills and confidence. The focus here is put on physical expression as well as verbal communication. The kids will learn how to work and have fun together with others.

Improv for Autism offers a class in improv for kids and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Classes will focus on ensemble and team building to help with the exploration of different relationships and social cues. Improvisational games used in this class will teach the students skills such as accessing emotions and storytelling. This will be done in a safe and fun setting where the students can explore and challenge themselves. Improv is a great tool to work through many types of barriers which stand in the way of creativity and socialization. 

Why should the kids have all the fun!? Parent Prov runs concurrently with your student’s class, allowing you to truly understand what they’re up to, and talk about it together all week. This beginning level class is low-stakes, fun, and will even sneak in some useful skills for you, like collaboration and thinking on your feet.

Improv with The Second City is held in partnership with The Chicago Children’s Theater and takes place at The Station, 100 S Racine. Parent Prov meets once a week for 55 minutes over a twelve week term. Completion of Parent Prov is not a substitute for Level A of the Beginning Improv Program.

Classes take place at The Station
100 South Racine Ave. | Chicago, IL 60607

Chicago Children’s Theatre is conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, minutes from I90 and I290, as well as downtown and Ashland Ave.

We are happy to offer free onsite parking at The Station on the south side of the building, entering from Racine Ave. Additional parking is also available in the following locations:
Impark parking lot, located at 1301 West Madison Street
– On-street parking, metered at $2/hour, 3-hour maximum

$226 ● $276 ● $326
Multi-class discount is eligible! Take 15% off additional classes in the same term

What does this mean? If you see a class with more than one tuition listed, you’ll get the lowest tuition listed on the class until the early registration deadline. A reduced discount will still be available afterwards, but if you wait until the first day of class, you’ll pay the full price.

Please note that discounts are applied at the end of the registration process.

Questions?

Chicago Children’s Theatre does not offer financial aid for The Second City classes offered at The Station. Click below to learn more about scholarship opportunities at The Second City.