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Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Ticketing

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. I 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.


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. Once here, find your taping within the Google Calendar above and click 'WWDTM in Chicago' for that show. Then, click "For tickets, go here!" That will take you to an Eventbrite page that will go live at 10 a.m. on the Friday.

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.

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 email me at with your request.

Your ticket page is broken!

As you have likely discovered, tickets to the show are very popular. They go extremely fast. No, the Eventbrite website isn't broken, though it may seem like it. I assure you, it's because we're popular!

What if I have a group of 10? Do you have any advice for getting tickets?

My general advice if you are looking to buy tickets for more than 10 people (but less than 40) is to buy them in smaller blocks. It's true that the entire group won't sit next to each other, but it's a small auditorium and the chances of you succeeding with that large number of seats are very low.

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 above master calendar two-three months in advance. Sometimes we run behind on this due to scheduling. I 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.

No, I cannot tell you the likelihood of you getting tickets for a certain day. I wish I had that power…I'd be a very rich man. Good luck, though!

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, I 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 email me ( to let me know that you will need accessible seating. I will notate your request and make sure you have a good experience at the show.

What if I need a sign language interpreter?

Please email me at least two weeks before the show so that I can make the proper requests in a timely manner.

You've reached the end of the FAQ!

If I haven't answered your question, don't hesitate to email me (Tyler Greene) at

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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