The Second City just launched its Neighborhood Tour this month, designed to be an entertaining—and educational—walk through Old Town. Second City originally considered doing an all-Chicago tour, but “we talked about Old Town for an hour and a half. There are so many landmarks and so much history just in Old Town alone,” says Managing Director Jenna Altobelli. The Tour was written by Margaret Hicks, who is also the primary guide. Altobelli says a similar tour had been done before, but time restraints had prevented a revival. “Margaret Hicks came in last year and wanted to bring it back,” she says. “It’s her persistence that made it happen. We’re coming up on our fiftieth anniversary and we’re trying to do some auxiliary things to celebrate our time in this neighborhood and in Chicago.” The tour highlights local bars, homes, churches and architecture, including St. Michael’s Church, Old Town Ale House and Pipers Alley, as well as Second City facilities. While rooted in history, the tour is designed for humor. “It’s based in fact, but there’s also improvisation in there, and it’s funny,” Altobelli says. “It’s not for the major history buff, but it’s for somebody who wants to learn some stuff and have a lot of fun.” The tours run Wednesdays and Sundays through October 4.