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Annoyance Theatre & Bar Moving to Lakeview

 The Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 4830 N. Broadway.
The Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 4830 N. Broadway.
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UPTOWN — The Annoyance Theatre & Bar is leaving Uptown and moving to Lakeview after a two-year search for a new space.

Annoyance Productions President Jennifer Estlin made the announcement about the popular improv venue on her Facebook page Monday night.

"Very pleased to announce that as of today, it's official ... we'll begin build-out of a new home for The Annoyance at the end of the summer," she said in a post.

The Annoyance's new home, Estlin said, will be at 851 W. Belmont Ave., on the second floor and basement of the former Toguri Mercantile Building.

Estlin, also an actor and executive producer at Annoyance, wrote that she is excited to have "theaters, classes and [a] bar all in one nice big building, just a block and a half away from where we started 25 years ago at Belmont and Wilton."

Her post indicated the Annoyance had been searching for a new home for two years.

Mick Napier, the founder of Annoyance, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the move was inspired by a need for more space to accommodate shows and improv classes in one place. Classes are currently conducted off-site, including in Logan Square.