Chicago, the longtime home of sketch and improv comedy fixtures like Second City and iO, will gain another institution in the near future. The Hollywood-based Laugh Factory will be opening a location in the former northside home of the Lakeshore Theater, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Laugh Factory recently signed a lease on the movie theater-turned-comedy venue at 3175 N. Broadway and will renovate the interior and open as a traditional, tables-and-chairs comedy club later this year, said Emily Meador, Laugh Factory’s vice president of business development.
We’re going to fix it up and keep it true to the Laugh Factory brand and name that we have,” said Meador, who grew up in Lake Forest. “I love the area, and the theater itself has a lot of history.