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Take Your Final Vacation in Obama's America

Jim Werner | Posted 12.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Werner

We're one month away from the inauguration. Each day brings it closer to reality, no matter how many secret Facebook groups we join or pantsuits we do...

How to Slow Your Feminist Roll in 7 Female-Friendly Steps

The Second City | Posted 07.28.2016 | Comedy
The Second City

Step 1: Settle in with a La Croix (apricot) to watch the Democrats celebrate Hillary Clinton, the first female to earn a major party’s nomination fo...

Hey, Brock Turner's Dad, Let's Do Some Simple Math

The Second City | Posted 06.08.2016 | Women
The Second City

Oh, you want to get numbers involved in this thing, Brock's dad? Let's do some word problems and see if we can justify your son's actions that way.

All the Stuff the Gentleman in Your Life Could Really Stand to Learn from 'Outlander''s Jamie Fraser

The Second City | Posted 04.09.2017 | Entertainment
The Second City

***This article contains all of the fully-clothed spoilers about Season 1 of 'Outlander.' If you haven't watched it yet, I truly pity you.*** I am ve...

A Plea for Menstruation Without Taxation

The Second City | Posted 04.08.2017 | Women
The Second City

For as much as our society disdains women on their periods, we sure are reaping the benefits of their bloody, bloody suffering.

In Defense of Open Carry at the GOP Convention

The Second City | Posted 04.02.2017 | Comedy
The Second City

To Whom It May Concern: I am an American citizen and Republican primary voter planning to attend my National Convention in Cleveland this July. As a ...

An Obituary for the Wrigleyville McDonald's

The Second City | Posted 03.25.2017 | Chicago
The Second City

From 4 a.m. gang fights to bros who over-bro'ed, the Wrigleyville McDonald's was a nurturer to us all-the tired, the poor, the too drunk to function.

Less Than 49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Parent

The Second City | Posted 03.17.2017 | Parents
The Second City

If you have both a child and the Internet, then you've probably seen the list of 49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child come across your feed. Forty-what...

Vices Even Sober People Can Partake in on St. Patrick's Day

The Second City | Posted 03.16.2017 | Comedy
The Second City

How can you properly celebrate Catholicism's arrival in Ireland without partaking in the appropriate alcohol -- and drug-fueled festivities typically associated with the holiday?

Why I Haven't Had a Conventional Christmas in 20 Years

Steve Albini | Posted 11.23.2016 | Impact
Steve Albini

Nineteen years ago, my wife Heather Whinna stopped by the post office on the way home. She found bins there full of letters addressed to Santa Claus, left out by the post office for people to read and answer. Curious, she read a few of the letters and couldn't believe what she saw.

How to Cope If You're Too Skeeved Out to Eat Chipotle

The Second City | Posted 11.04.2016 | Comedy
The Second City

So you've heard the heart-wrenching news about Chipotle closing 43 stores in the Pacific Northwest to deal with a nasty outbreak of E. coli, and perhaps you've made the agonizing decision to hold off on your weekly (daily? anyone?) slice of burrito heaven until they've got this pesky bacterial infection safely squared away.

The 20th (And Final) 'Cream Of Comedy' Marks the End of an Era

Steven Shehori | Posted 10.22.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Shehori

Back in 1995, the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund (TSEF) was created as a way to promote rising comedic talent within Canada.

The Art of Falling: Hubbard Street Dance and Second City's Comic Liaisons

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Early on in the ingenious collaboration between Second City and Hubbard Street Dance, Procol Harum's counterculture hymn permeates Chicago's Harris Theater as actors and dancers assemble in rows of folding chairs facing the audience.

Will the 'The Big Apple' Trump 'The Windy City' When It Comes to False Confessions?

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Anxious detectives did not have the luxury of waiting for DNA results. Their orders were to close cases. The easiest way for them to do that was to pressure witnesses to make identifications, coerce confessions from suspects, or rely on snitches.

15 Pumpkin Spice Hacks!

The Second City | Posted 11.27.2013 | Comedy
The Second City

We've been forced to eat dog treats in order to get more pumpkin spice into our lives. Well, no more. Below are 15 ways to enhance your life with pumpkin spice.

The Second City's Breaking Bad Finale Predictions

The Second City | Posted 11.24.2013 | Comedy
The Second City

"Walt uses his drug fortune to resume manufacturing of the reliable and dependable Pontiac Aztec."

6 Things Not to Say to an Improviser

The Second City | Posted 11.06.2013 | Comedy
The Second City

"Tell me a joke..." Are you a landscaper? Do I ask you to cut a bush for me real quick? Are you an investment banker? Do I tell you to "Go suck the lifeblood out of the working class in this country?" I don't think so, so stop it.

13 LGBT Must-Dos In 2013

Jim Werner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Werner

It's time to start thinking about your travel calendar for the year, because before you know it you'll be pulling out those holiday decorations again, spinning that dreidel and breaking in your newest ugly sweater. So here are my picks for the 13 events and things to do in 2013.

The Second City Strikes

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 11.15.2012 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

With all the hullabaloo, it's easy to overlook one of the most striking features of last week's strike: From park districts to libraries to not-for-profits to private homes -- almost every kid in this increasingly dangerous city had a safe place to ride out the strike.

Jason Linkins

The Second City Can Help Ayn Rand Fans Make Successful Atlas Shrugged Sequels | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.03.2011 | Comedy

The producers of "Atlas Shrugged, Part I" originally had high hopes for their ambitious film adaptation of Ayn Rand's best known novel, which tells th...

Obama's No Joke to Al Qaida and KKK

Monroe Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Monroe Anderson

As it turns out, Obama's historic election as the first black leader of the free world has haters all over the planet in a bind.