Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines

Laugh Out Loud hosts in-person shows in compliance with guidelines provided by the CDC, State of Illinois, and PACC (Performing Arts Center Consortium)[PDF]. We are thrilled to invite you back!

Laugh Out Loud has taken enhanced health and safety measures for our students, faculty, guests, cast and crew. You must follow all posted instructions and guidelines while at Laugh Out Loud.

Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, an inherent risk of exposure exists in any public place where people gather. By visiting Laugh Out Loud, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

By entering the building now or at any time in the future, you affirm that you do not have nor are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 nor have been recently exposed to anyone with COVID-19.

Top three COVID-19 guidelines

  • Wear a mask covering both nose and mouth simultaneously
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart
  • Wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer

Acceptable Masks

  • Fitted N95 or K95 (no exhalation valve)
  • Cotton with polypropylene
  • 2-layer polypropylene
  • 2-layer Cotton pleated-style
  • No bandanas, fleece, knitted, neck gaiters, or masks with exhalation valves

Audience Procedures

In addition, we have done rigorous research to build the following plan to allow you and your family to attend a night of socially distant comedy:

  • Masks will be required for entry and at all times while in the building. (See "Acceptable Masks" above)
  • All tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no walk up sales. This will mitigate contact with box office staff and get you to your seats quicker. Forgot to buy tickets in advance? You can step out on the sidewalk and take a minute to purchase over your smart phone, because no cash or cards will exchange hands in our lobby.
  • Temperature checks when you arrive. Don’t attend if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, and all guests will have their temperatures taken prior to entry.
  • 6 foot distancing maintained throughout. We have marked off areas in our lobby and reduced the theater capacity to 48 seats with a 6 foot spread between groups of 2 or 4 people. Children under the age of 16 must be seated with at least one adult (so you cannot sit away from your kids - sorry parents!)

How We're Keeping You Safe

  • All staff will wear masks and gloves for the duration of their shifts, actors will be more than 6 feet away and wear masks.
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the theater.
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, including restrooms.
  • One hour showtime eliminating intermission.
  • Staggered showtimes to prevent audience crossover on entrance and exit.

Thank you for your continued patronage. We look forward to offering you the safest and cleanest comedy experience possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at