Call for Volunteers

The Chicago Improv Festival is quickly approaching. One of the things that helps it run so smoothly is the hard work of our volunteers. If you’d like to be a volunteer for this year’s festival, we’d love to work with you! Please click on the link below and we’ll get in contact with you as soon as possible. Call for Volunteers for the Chicago Improv Festival

20th Anniversary of the Chicago Improv Festival!

20th ANNIVERSARY OF CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 27-APRIL 2 Executive Producer Jonathan Pitts stepping down from festival at the end of the year Chicago, Ill. – Chicago Improv Festival Productions is proud to announce that the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Improv Festival will be taking place from March 27-April 2 @ Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave; and Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. As it does every year, the Chicago Improv Festival will present diverse improvisers on its stages regardless of Continue reading →

CIF 2017 Submissions are OPEN!

Submissions for the 20th Chicago Improv Festival are now officially open!   SUBMIT YOUR TEAM BY CLICKING HERE!   Open Early Submissions 9/19 – 9/25 – $40 per team Regular Submissions 9/26 – 11/4  – $50 per team Late Submissions 11/5 -11/6  – $50 per team   Groups that are accepted into this year’s festival will be notified by December 19th, 2016. Questions? Send them to

CIF 2017 Submission Schedule

Everyone here at Chicago Improv Productions are already working hard on this year’s upcoming Chicago Improv Festival – our 20th celebration of all things improv! We’re excited to announce this year’s submission schedule – get your teams ready now for an incredible fest! Open Early Submissions 9/19 – 9/25 – $40 per team Regular Submissions 9/26 – 11/4  – $50 per team Late Submissions 11/5 -11/6  – $50 per team   Groups that are accepted into this year’s festival will be notified by December 19th, Continue reading →

It’s Go Time for CIF’s Big Weekend!

CIF 2016 is riding hard into the stretch drive of this year’s festival! Its a big “Go Time” for the weekend as CIF’s presents 31 shows at 15 venues performed by 174 ensembles!!! That’s not a misprint! This is CIF’s record breaking year and this is CIF’s record breaking weekend! We’ve got so much small batch, premium, artisanal improv goodness to choose from it’s like running loose in Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods with a blank check!! How to choose among so many? Remember, we’ve Continue reading →

Thursday Thunderous Improv Fun

How big is tonight’s CIF Thursday offering? We’ve got enough shows and ensembles that tonight’s schedule alone is the size of many other improv festivals’ complete line-up. Tonight CIF has 23 shows with 52 ensembles performing at 10 theaters! We’ve got every style to suit your comedic and theatrical needs covered with shows in these following artistic categories: Alternative/Experimental, Dramatic, Emerging Artists, Genre, Long Form, Musical and Open Stage! Picks to Click!   At the Annoyance, we’ve got great Rachael Mason & Norm Holly doing Continue reading →

Stars of Today & Tomorrow Play Tonight!

The Chicago Improv Festival is known for many things including being a showcase for the comedy celebrities and stars of today to perform in front of Chicago audiences, and also being a showcase for the comedy celebrities and stars of tomorrow, often in the same show! Tonight is one of those nights, as CIF has a special performance of CORY! and 3Peat at The Second City ETC at 8pm.   CORY! features Lauren Ash (NBC’s Superstore; Second City Chicago & Second City Toronto main stage Continue reading →

CIF 19 Opens Tonight with History Making Line-Up!

For the first time in its 19 year history, the Chicago Improv Festival opens tonight’s main stage show with an all-Female line-up staring three great ensembles of strong, smart, talented, and super funny women. Opening the show is Virgin Daiquiri, this veteran group has been playing to great acclaim in Chicago for years, and every cast member is an experienced comedic improv alumni of the Annoyance Theater, iO Comedy Theater, and The Second City. The middle act is Woke AF! a collection of five African-American Continue reading →

CIF 2016: Artisanal Improv! Handcrafted One Show At A Time! 100% Gluten Free!!

Chicago Improv Productions is proud to present the Chicago Improv Festival from May 2-8. Now in its 19th year, CIF features more than 170 groups from 9 countries, performing in 105 shows, at 21 venues throughout Chicago. Many of these numbers are new record sizes for CIF, as this year’s CIF is its biggest festival ever! Even with the largeness of this year’s CIF, this year’s festival new Artistic Director John Hildreth (see picture) was focused on providing a more intimate experience for attendees, featuring Continue reading →

CIF 2016 Workshops: Being and Becoming Your Own Improv Artist

We’ve got some cool and unique improv workshops happening this year, all hand picked by CIF’s artistic director John Hildreth. These 15 exciting workshops feature a wide range of focuses being taught by great teachers from Chicago and the USA. There’s still slots available in all the workshops, even Susan Messing’s (see picture), so jump on board while there’s still time! Discover and develop your own improv artisan!

CIF 2016 Gets Media Hits!

The 19th annual CIF officially starts tomorrow and CIF has already gotten several media hits and is scheduled for three more on Monday-Wednesday! Ongoing Media Hits for CIF 2016: Monday, May 2 / WCIU-TV’s “You & Me In the Morning” Live appearances @ 6:20am w. The Moonsharks / @ 7:20am w. WhiplashMINTs / @ 8:20am w. 3Peat Tuesday, May 3 / WBEZ-FM / “The Takeaway” Live appearance @ 10am w. Susan Messing and Rachael Mason Wednesday, May 4 / WGN-AM / “The Bill & Wendy Continue reading →


Looking for tickets to CIF19? All of our shows can be purchased by visiting our All Shows page. You can also find tickets by searching for the desired team or show in the upper right hand corner. From there click on the title of the show and the “Buy Tickets” button. Its that easy! Alternatively, you can purchase tickets through any of our partnering CIF venues for 2016. Search their upcoming shows for Chicago Improv Festival, and you should see us! Thanks so much and can’t Continue reading →