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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!


When does the show tape in Chicago?

It tapes most Thursday nights. The theatre opens at 7 p.m. and we begin taping promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Where does the show tape?

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.

How do I get tickets?

You show up to this website 6 weeks before the taping of your choice on Friday at 10 a.m. Once here, find your taping within the calendar above and click that show. 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!

How much do they cost?

General Admission seats are $30. Premium seats are $85 and include priority seating (first two rows!) and a tote bag of goodies!

I'm sad that I can't go to the show anymore. What's your refund and exchange policy?

We're sad to hear that. Unfortunately, we don't accept refunds or exchanges. We will also not honor third-party tickets. Please be prepared to show identification for the tickets you've purchased.

What do I do once I have bought my tickets?

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.

Are the seats general admission or will I have a reserved seat?

Seats are reserved, but please be sure to arrive by 7:25 p.m. to guarantee those 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.

Do you offer group tickets?

If your group is 40 people or larger, we will consider a group sale. We can't guarantee this request and we'll need at least two months’ notice to consider the request. Please contact Customer Support to make this request.

I don't see dates for X month on the calendar. Can you tell me if you'll be in Chicago on that date?

Unfortunately, no. We try to 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.

Where do I park when I get downtown?

There is no official parking for the show. You can park in the Millennium Park Garage, the Self Park on Madison or on the street. The Blue Line also stops just outside Chase Tower.

Do you have a waiting list?

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.

My kid is (X very young age). Can I bring them to the taping?

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.

What if I need accessible seating?

Please buy tickets anywhere in the auditorium and then call or email Customer Support let us know that you will need accessible seating. We will notate your request and make sure you have a good experience at the show.

What if I need a sign language interpreter?

Please contact Customer Support at least two weeks before the show so that we can make the proper requests in a timely manner.

You've reached the end of the FAQ! If we haven't answered your question, don't hesitate to contact Customer Support!

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