Have a laugh in Chicago
LA has Hollywood, New York has Broadway, but Chicago is America’s comedy capital. At sketch-focused Second City the likes of Joan Rivers, Tina Fey and Bill Murray launched their careers. Buy tickets for the nightly shows or, from June to October, book onto Second City’s Neighbourhood Tour for a not-so-serious guided weekend walk around the Old Town, taking in historic architecture and old haunts of famous comics (from £15; secondcity.com). Head to the Laugh Factory for stand-up (from £13; laughfactor y.com) -0 ̭," 7-30 -5, $3,,7 side at one of the regular workshops at the iO Theater, whose alumni include Mike Myers (£38; ioimprov.com). The latter is also home to the Improvised Shakespeare Company, an improv troupe that riff off the Bard – in rhyming couplets.