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Is iO Chicago closing?

More than a year after it was announced that the Chicago improv mainstay iO Theater was closing permanently because of the financial strain of the pandemic, the theater’s building and brand have been sold to local real estate executives, the institution’s founder said Monday.

Who bought iO Theater?

Scott Gendell
Chicago duo buys iO theater, plans to resume improv shows and classes. Real estate execs Scott Gendell and Larry Weiner take over the North Side company that trained Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert.

When did iO close?

In August 2014, after almost 20 years in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, Charna Halpern bought a building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and moved the iO Theater to its new home at 1501 N. Kingsbury St. On June 18, 2020, it was announced that iO would be closing permanently.

Who went to Second City?

Since its debut, The Second City has consistently been a notable starting point for many comedians, award-winning actors, directors, and others in show business, including Del Close, Alan Alda, Alan Arkin, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara.

Who started Second City Chicago?

Paul Sills
Bernard SahlinsHoward Alk
The Second City/Founders

What is iO comedy?

iO, or iO Chicago, (formerly known as “ImprovOlympic”) is an improv theater and training center in central Chicago, with a former branch in Los Angeles called iO West and in Raleigh, North Carolina called iO South. The theater taught and hosted performances of improvisational comedy.

Does Second City still exist?

The Second City Theatre opened on December 16, 1959, and has since become one of the most influential and prolific comedy theatres in the world….

The Second City
Co-founder Bernie Sahlins
Co-founder Howard Alk
Executive producer Jon Carr
Official website

Was Steve Martin part of Second City?

Martin Short Short joined Second City Toronto in 1977 and debuted on Second City TV in 1982. He sings, he dances, he does drama, he’s a pioneer of men’s synchronized swimming and he plays the world’s greatest celebrity interviewer, Jiminy Glick.