When and where does the show tape in Chicago?
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! tapes most Thursday nights at 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. Doors open at 7 p.m. and we begin taping
promptly at 7:30 p.m.
An important note about arrival time: Please be sure to arrive by 7:25 p.m. to
guarantee your 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.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets go on sale 6 weeks before the taping on Friday at 10 a.m. To purchase yours,
come to this website ( https://www.wbez.org/events/wait-wait-dont-tell-me-tickets ) and
select the taping of your choice from the calendar above. Once you’ve located your
desired date, click to expand and then click again where it says, “For tickets, click here.”
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!
What's your refund and exchange policy?
Unfortunately, we don't offer refunds or exchanges.
I found tickets on another website, are they real?
Tickets obtained from secondary sources, such as ticket resellers, may not be authentic
and may not be honored at the event. In addition, tickets obtained from these sources
may be sold at inflated prices.
Subject to applicable law, event tickets may not be resold without NPR’s prior consent.
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 during the ticket purchasing process, and will be reflected on the
tickets you recieve. However, if you arrive after 7:25, we cannot guarantee that you will
have your desired seat assignment.
What if I need accessible seating?
Please buy tickets anywhere in the auditorium and then call or email Customer Support
to let us know that you will need accessible seating. We will notate your request and
make sure you are accommodated and have a good experience at the show.
What if I need a sign language interpreter?
After buying tickets to the show, please contact Customer Support at least one month
before the show date so we can make the proper sign language interpreter requests in
a timely manner. You can also reach out to the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! House
Manager, Gianna Capadona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer group tickets?
Group sales for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! tickets are available to public radio affiliated
stations and community partners at the discretion of the House Manager. A group sale
is defined as a sale that occurs before the public ticket sale date for quantities larger
than 30. If you are interested in a group sale for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! tickets,
please contact our House Manager Gianna Capadona at email@example.com.
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 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. However, there are a handful paid lots nearby
that may have availability, such as the Millennium Park Garage, the Self Park on
Madison or the metered spaces on the street. The Blue Line also stops just outside
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.
You've reached the end of the FAQ! If we haven't answered your question, don't
hesitate to contact Customer Support !