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Second City headed back into action

The Second City has announced dates for its post-fire return, a bit earlier than expected.

Its first performance since an Aug. 26 blaze destroyed its Piper Alley office spaces and left smoke and water damage in many of its public areas will be on Sept. 17 – a special Mainstage show for Chicago firefighters. Contributions will be collected after all Second City performances though the end of September and will be donated to the Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society. The Society serves widows and families of firemen and paramedics who list their lives in the line of duty. Donations can be made at

Following this special performance, the company will resume its regular schedule through the weekend, with The Up Comedy Club beginning shows on Sept. 22 and Second City e.t.c. beginning performances of “Soul Brother, Where Art They?” on Sept. 24.

Classes will continue to be held at satellite spaces until further notice.