Passes & Tickets Now Available!

iO’s Bentwood Fest is a melting pot for all of iO’s best past, present, and future talent. You’ll see old favorites and make new favorites with groups from all around the country!

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Bentwood begins 8/10/18

Join our headliners 3Peat, Luke Null, Beer Shark Mice, TJ and Dave, Adsit and Eveleth, Hello From The Magic Tavern, Clickhole, Cards Against Humanity, Helltrap Nightmare, Matt Damon Improv, and Jordan Klepper and Friends as we celebrate Chicago Comedy at iO Theater’s Bentwood Festival! We have over 200 other acts from Chicago and all over the country. It’s all happening at The iO Theater August 10th through August 19th and we want you to be a part of it!

Want to see who’s playing and when? Check out the full 10 day festival schedule! It all begins Friday August 10th.

See Bentwood's Full Schedule

More of an indie comic fanatic? Get unlimited access to all 9 days of our submitted acts, our upstairs lounge, and special festival events with this wristband. Wristbands now on sale!

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Want to see one or a few of our headliners? This option is for you! Get a seat in any or all of our headlining shows!

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Who are all of the 2018 Headliners?

Headliners for the 2018 Bentwood Festival include: 3Peat, Beer Shark Mice, Matt Damon Improv, Hello From The Magic Tavern , PREACH!, Your Fucked Up Relationship, TJ and Dave, ClickHole LIVE, Luke Null and Friends, Klepper and Friends (The Opposition), Adsit and Eveleth, and Helltrap Nightmare.

Are there any FREE shows and events?

Yes there are! We will be including a few free shows and events for patrons on a budget! As always, you can hang out around our main bar and/or beer garden!

What's the difference between a wristband and a VIP pass?

With the VIP pass, you get three headliner shows of your choosing AND access to all of our other acts. With the wristband, you get access to all of our non-headliner shows. You can always purchase additional headliner tickets with your VIP pass AND your wristband!

What's the benefit of a wristband?

If there are two or more shows you want to see on different days, the best value for you will be the wristband. It gets you into non-headliner shows for the WHOLE fest! Just make sure you show up to the theater at least fifteen minutes beforehand as admission is subject to availability.

Will you be selling one-night-only wristbands?

Yes we will! But again, if you plan on seeing more than one non-headliner show, the full festival wristband will be the best value. If you plan on seeing three headliner shows, go ahead and snag the VIP pass and get access to all non-headliner shows all festival long as well!

With the wristband, do I need to show up to the show I want to see early?

YES! with the wristband, we will be giving away seats on a first-come-first-served basis. To ensure your seat, show up early!

Where do I collect my tickets/wristband/VIP pass?

For all individual tickets, you can have a copy sent to your email, pick them up at will call, or get your tickets at the door (although we would suggest you get your tickets WAY ahead of time). For wristbands and VIP passes, you will either buy those at the iO box office when you come in, or we will have them ready for you if you have already purchased online.

What happens if I buy a VIP ticket after headliner tickets go on sale on 6/25?

By purchasing a VIP ticket after the headliner shows go on sale to the public, you are making a final-sale purchase with a chance that the headliner shows you have picked may already be sold out. In these cases, a representative from iO will call you to let you know which shows are now unavailable so that you can make a new choice. If you are thinking of purchasing a VIP ticket on or after June 25th and want to ensure the headliner shows you are interested in are still available, please call our Box Office at 312-929-2401.

Where will most non-headliner shows be held?

We have dedicated our 2nd level to all submitted shows! This means that with the purchase of a wristband, you get exclusive access to our upstairs/event space shows AND our festival lounge.

How will I know which theater to go to when I get there?

We will have friendly faces waiting to greet and direct you as soon as you walk through the door!

Is iO ADA accessible?

WE SURE ARE. Get in our building however you usually get around with ease!

Can I vape inside?

Absolutely no you cannot. Why would you ever do this? It looks like the house is on fire to performers onstage. Our friendly staff will sternly ask you to leave immediately.

What ages are allowed at the venue?

All ages! Although please use your desecration when bringing young folks to the theater. Since most of the shows are improv ,we cannot guarantee that the content will be safe for young ears!

How do I volunteer for the fest and what are the #perks?

To volunteer for the festival, you just need to email and let us know you want to be a volunteer! As a volunteer you will get access to our performer lounge and after-parties, a free t-shirt, and a wristband. You might even get the chance to intro your dream show!


3 Peat8/10 at 8pm and 10:30pm in the Mission Theater
Beer Shark Mice8/11 at 8pm and 10:30pm in the Mission Theater
Matt Damon Improv 8/13 at 10pm in the Del Close Theater
Hello, From The Magic Tavern LIVE8/14 at 8pm in the Del Close Theater
PREACH! 8/14 at 8pm in the Mission Theater
TJ and Dave8/15 at 10:30pm in the Mission Theater
SNL’s Luke Null8/16 at 8pm and 10pm in the Mission Theater
Klepper and Friends 8/17 at 8pm and 10:30pm in the Mission Theater
Scott Adsit and Jet Eveleth 8/18 at 7pm and 9pm in the Mission Theater
Helltrap Nightmare8/19 at 8pm in the Del Close Theater
Cards Against Humanity8/17 at 10pm and 8/18 at 10pm in the Jason Chin Harold Cabaret
Clickhole LIVE 8/16 at 8pm in the Del Close Theater

The iO Theater

1501 N. Kingsbury Ave. Chicago, IL 60642

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Want to sponsor a show, volunteer, or sponsor the festival? Just email We would love to have you!