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1959 Kitchen & Bar Lets You Grab Pre- and Post-Show Drinks Inside Second City

It’s named for the year of Second City’s debut.

1959 Kitchen & Bar   Photo: Peter Ranvestel

There has never been any shortage of drinking options around Second City’s headquarters in Old Town. Now, though, you can actually drink inside their building, at the new 1959 Kitchen & Bar (230 W. North Ave.).

The bar came into being as a part of the theater and training center’s expansion and renovation, and as such the crowd seems to be mostly made up of audience members grabbing drinks before or after a performance as well as students and cast members taking in a cocktail or two. It’s named for the year in which Second City debuted, and to go along with the origin-story theme, there’s plenty of throwback decor (and a bust of notable alumnus Harold Ramis to boot).

Here’s what we saw when we stopped in. 

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