VIP Passes, Wristbands Passes, & Individual Tickets

There are many different ways to enjoy Bentwood — pick the adventure that works best for you!

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The VIP pass includes admission to three headliner shows and UNLIMITED ACCESS to all submitted shows. Act fast on this one — we’re only selling 100 VIP passes.


Bentwood Festival Pass $50

This pass will get you into all submitted shows and festival events. This pass does not get you into headlining shows. Tickets for headlining shows can be purchased at an additional cost. With this pass, you must arrive to your show at least 15 minutes ahead of time in order to get a seat. This pass will go off-sale a week before the festival.

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Individual Tickets $20-$25

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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Wristband Passes $15

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 go on sale 6/25!

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Got a question about the fest? You might see what you need below! If not, feel free to email or call our box office at (312) 929-2401

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, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, 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.

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.

How to 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!

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!