Most people familiar with Chicago will tell you it’s a city of neighborhoods. You’ve got the old money power brokers in Hyde Park, the hipsters in Wicker Park, the boys in Boystown. People tend to gravitate towards the neighborhoods where they see themselves reflected. But one big exception to the neighborhood stereotypes for the last 20-years has been the Improv Olympics Theater in Wrigleyville.
Wrigleyville, not only home to
Wrigley Field, has a bounty of sports-oriented bars consistently frequented by the college frat-set. The iO Theatre, which has been home to such comedic greats as Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, on the other hand, draws a crowd that would be much more at home hunched over a MacBook at a coffee shop than sandwiched between 22-year old versions of The Super Fans getting Miller Lite and BBQ spilled on them at the Cubby Bear. That’s why iO’s location has always been a real headscratcher.
However, all is right in the universe now that we know the iO has a new location, a few blocks away from us, at 1501 N. Kingsbury, in the Clybourn Corridor area, by a bunch of other places we frequent like Trader Joe’s, Goose Island, Whole Foods, Blick and Joe’s.
Construction on the new digs begins in April. Can’t wait.