CIF18 Grants & Sponsors




The DCASE CityArts Program encourages the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for nonprofit arts organizations.





For over 30 years the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) has been instrumental in supporting Illinois’ highly acclaimed and diverse cultural community. Thousands of partnerships throughout our history have helped to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the arts while expanding the accessibility of this artistic wealth to children and adults in every corner of the state. The IAC recognizes and supports not-for-profit arts organizations, community programs, schools, universities and individual creative artists through grant programs, technical assistance, workshops and special initiatives every year.





The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.




Driehaus_logo_colorThe Richard H. Driehaus Foundation funds Arts & Culture, the Built Environment, Economic Opportunity for the Working Poor, and Government Accountability/Investigative Reporting.   The Foundation benefits individuals and communities by supporting the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments through historic preservation, encouragement of quality architectural and landscape design, and conserving open space. The Foundation also supports the performing and visual arts, investigative reporting and government accountability, and makes grants to organizations that provide opportunities for working families who remain poor.









Utter Nonsense is Chicago’s newest adult party game. Players combine stereotypical accents with outrageous phrases to create sayings that are just plain ridiculous. Think of a grandma bragging about sexting or a redneck wondering if diarrhea is contagious. With each successive round, competition sets in and the most composed, mild-mannered players become improv masters. Sometimes phrases pair well with the accent, but for the most part they don’t — and that’s Utter Nonsense.





YELP connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004.1280px-Yelp_logo.svg Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Singapore, Poland, Turkey, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Chile, and Hong Kong. Yelp had a monthly average of 135 million unique visitors in Q4 2014. By the end of Q4 2014 Yelpers had written more than 71 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Approximately 72 million unique visitors visited Yelp via their mobile device on a monthly average basis during Q4 2014. For more info, please visit or send an email to
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Thy Neighbor’s Goat
presence in the 18th Chicago Improv Festival is proudly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute and Telekom.




DarkMatter-logoDark Matter Coffee Company is proud to be sponsoring CIF18’s workshops taking place throughout the week. Dark Matter Coffee adheres to a philosophy where quality coffees are sourced based on traceability, innovation and social responsibility. Sustainability and fair business practices are very important to us. While aligning with organizations like Fair Trade Alliance, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ, help to ensure fair practices, we have also created direct partnerships with farmers in El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. These partnerships have grown to become family, allowing us to directly source our beans from the plant to the cup. This sourcing transparency yields fair business practices and unparalleled quality control, a difference that can be tasted in every cup.




potbelly-logo  Potbelly Sandwich Shop is a proud sponsor of the 18th Chicago Improv Festival! Stop by Potbelly’s for a fresh sandwich before our shows and fill up before the hilarity!






The 14 acres of awesome, Museum of Science and Industry, and the world’s largest improv festival have partnered this year to give all CIF performers free general admission during the whole week of CIF.
A big thank you to MSI, for continuing to inspire the inventive genius in everyone, and for supporting Chicago and the world’s improv community!





Chicago Improv Productions is thrilled to be partnering with Monster Energy in this year’s fest to ensure high-octane improv throughout the entire week!






Uber is proud to be partnering with CIF18 once again this year! First time Uber users can sign up for a free ride using the promo code CIF2015 – follow this link to sign up directly:

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