You want tickets to Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me?! You've arrived at the right place. Please refer to the Google Calendar above to see when the show tapes in Chicago. We kindly request that you read the FAQ below before you contact us with questions. We've tried to address as many of your potential concerns as possible! If you're interested in attending shows taped outside of the Chicago comedy bunker, please visit the NPR Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me site.
If the FAQ below does not answer your question, please click the link below and someone from our Customer Support team will help you!
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! tapes most Thursday nights at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. The address is 10 S. Dearborn. Once inside the Chase Tower, go to the basement and follow the signs. Doors open at 7 p.m. and we begin taping promptly at 7:30 p.m.
An important note about arrival time: Please be sure to arrive by 7:25 p.m. to guarantee your reserved seats. In order to ensure a full house near the front of the stage (so the panel can be as funny as possible!), we release some seats to lucky people following 7:25 p.m. You're welcome to show up late, but you may not have the same seats that you purchased.
Tickets go on sale 6 weeks before the taping on Friday at 10 a.m. To purchase yours, come to this website (https://www.wbez.org/events/wait-wait-dont-tell-me-tickets) and select the taping of your choice from the calendar above. Once you’ve located your desired date, click to expand and then click again where it says, “For tickets, click here.” This will take you to the page where you can buy tickets. Tickets are extremely popular, so please be patient and keep trying if you are unsuccessful. We’re thankful that you are excited to go to our show!
General Admission seats are $30. Premium seats are $85 and include priority seating (first two rows!) and a tote bag of goodies!
Unfortunately, we don't offer refunds or exchanges.
Tickets obtained from secondary sources, such as ticket resellers, may not be authentic and may not be honored at the event. In addition, tickets obtained from these sources may be sold at inflated prices.
Subject to applicable law, event tickets may not be resold without NPR’s prior consent.
Please print out your electronic ticket, or bring it on your phone, and present it with your picture ID at check-in. The ticket purchaser is the only person who needs to show ID.
Seats are reserved during the ticket purchasing process, and will be reflected on the tickets you recieve. However, if you arrive after 7:25, we cannot guarantee that you will have your desired seat assignment.
Please buy tickets anywhere in the auditorium and then call or email Customer Support to let us know that you will need accessible seating. We will notate your request and make sure you are accommodated and have a good experience at the show.
After buying tickets to the show, please contact Customer Support at least one month before the show date so we can make the proper sign language interpreter requests in a timely manner. You can also reach out to the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! House Manager, Gianna Capadona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group sales for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! tickets are available to public radio affiliated stations and community partners at the discretion of the House Manager. A group sale is defined as a sale that occurs before the public ticket sale date for quantities larger than 30. If you are interested in a group sale for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! tickets, please contact our House Manager Gianna Capadona at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, no. We add tapings to the list above two-three months in advance. Sometimes we run behind on this due to scheduling. We promise that whatever you see above is what we have publicly announced and scheduled.
There is no official parking for the show. However, there are a handful paid lots nearby that may have availability, such as the Millennium Park Garage, the Self Park on Madison or the metered spaces on the street. The Blue Line also stops just outside Chase Tower.
Yes, we have a same-day waiting list for the show. Occasionally, there are some tickets given back or released on the day of the show. Please show up to the check-in area in the basement of the bank starting at 5:30 p.m. that day.
That's entirely up to your discretion. People do bring their kids. If your child is very young, we ask that you simply be mindful that this is a recording of a radio show
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