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Welcome, Fan o' the Wait Wait!

You are here because you want tickets to the hottest live taping of an NPR News Quiz Show located in the basement of a bank in North America.

Also, tapings at locations outside of Chicago are NOT sold on this page. To get those tickets, go to the NPR WWDTM site. In addition to purchasing your tickets, this page is chock full of good info about WWDTM.


Do you accept refunds or exchanges?

We do NOT offer refunds. Seriously. And we don't exchange purchased tickets for other dates. Your request for a refund or an exchange will more than likely be ignored. It's not personal.

When is the taping?

Tapings are Thursday nights. Doors open at 7:00PM; taping begins at 7:30PM and lasts until app. 9:30PM.

When do tickets go on sale?

Six weeks in advance of the taping date, on Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets tend to go very fast and, given the demand, you may not be successful. Keep trying. It's totally worth it.

All General Priced tickets to Chicago tapings are $30.00. Premium Seats are $85.00. PREMIUM Seats include seating in the first two rows, center plus a bag of WWDTM swag.

The show is sold out. Do you have a waiting list?

Yes. Beginning at 6 p.m. on show days, a handful of tickets will be available for walk-up guests. Please bring $30 cash for these tickets. We don't always have tickets, so please be prepared for that outcome.

Where are future dates on the calendar?

Tapings in Chicago are confirmed approximately two months in advance. This means that I won't know until two months before the date you're looking for and you won't know until I know, you know? Check the Google Calendar at the top. It will be the most updated schedule.

What about large group sales?

We no longer accommodate sales for large groups. The Eventbrite software allows for groups up to eight (basically a full row) so anything larger than that is considered a large group.

Are the seats assigned?

Yup. Be sure to note your seat assignments for a quick check-in when you arrive. If you lose it, don't worry. We have a list. What if the show is listed as SOLD OUT?

If the show date you're looking for is SOLD OUT that means there are no more tickets for sale, even if it's your birthday or you are Bill Kurtis's dentist's cousin's friend.

We often have "rush" tickets (seats you can purchase for cash at the door because NPR listeners are so polite, they email me when they can't attend…) We start selling those seats at 6:00 pm, first come, first served.

Can I buy tickets and give them to my mom?

Nope. We used to be flexible with this but with scalper websites like Stub Hub and Craigslist putting our tickets on sale for far over the face value of the tickets, the policy in place now is that the purchaser of the tickets must be present with a picture I.D.

Where do I park?

There is no downtown parking affiliated with WWDTM or Chase Bank. For directions, click here. Parking options include the Millennium Park Garage (and a bit of a walk), the SELF Park on Madison just west of the bank, or the street. The Blue Line stops at the bank, however, and I'd suggest parking near a Blue Line stop out of downtown and grabbing that to the show.

Is there anything else I should know?

There are no refunds or exchanges for purchased tickets through WBEZ or NPR. Seriously. See question number one.

CHASE BANK is located at 10 S. Dearborn.

The auditorium has 456 seats.

There is no age limit for audience members although we like to think there is an IQ limit.

Any and all ADA Sign Language Interpreter Requests need to be made within two weeks of expected attendance. Beyond that, we cannot guarantee this service.

If you use a wheelchair and wish to sit in your chair during the taping, go ahead and buy the tickets for anywhere in the auditorium. Then email me ( and let me know your purchased seat assignments and request our handy removable access seats. I'll set it up on this end so you can just roll on in and enjoy the show.

Finally, if you have a question I failed to address, email me (Don Hall) at I will caution you however, if you do not take the time to read the FAQ and then ask a question already answered, I will return your lack of intellectual rigor with sarcasm (I can't help it.).

I can tell if you decided to simply NOT read this. Your questions will expose you.

Good luck and we'll see you at the show!

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