Chicago Seat Fillers

Free Tickets for Fun Things to Do - Plays, Musicals, Comedy, Music, Activities, and More!


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Chicago IL Seat Fillers Have Fun Things to Do!

When shows and events in the Chicago area (theatre, comedy, sport, music, etc.) have open seats or activities that aren't sold out, local seat fillers are privately invited.

OTL Chicago Seat Fillers are on-call, super-secret free ticket VIPs. Shhh... don't tell anyone!

otl CHICAGO ON-CALL seat filler Memberships

Chicago is an "On-Call" Seat Filler location. There are fewer local opportunities compared to "Preferred" locations, so dues are much (much!) lower. But, even after Chicago upgrades to preferred status (after the membership grows and more shows and events are offered), your lower on-call dues will lock in for at least a year.


Seat Filling for 2


for 3 months

then $3.65/month


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Seat Filling for 4


for 3 months

then $5.55/month


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OTL (aka On the List) supports the Chicago arts and entertainment community

Seat Fillers in Chicago

OTL introduces Chicago area seat fillers to all kinds of fun shows, events, and opportunities. They get to treat guests and get out of the house more without the worry of individual ticket prices. The free tickets are awesome, and it's also just fun to see what pops up!

Chicago Event Promoters

Promoters and event marketers in Chicago have a free and private way to fill seats or attract new patrons. Plays and musicals reign supreme. However, OTL has also partnered with comedy, music, virtual events, fairs and festivals, conferences, movies, escape rooms, golf, classes, anything goes!

How OTL Works

Pick a 2 or 4-seat plan

Register, setting up a username and password for the private VIP-only area

When a show pops up that you want to attend, make a reservation in the private VIP area

Pick up your complimentary tickets at the Box Office right before the show

You and your guest(s) are seated together

Repeat for other shows you want to attend (but please understand that, as a seat fillers club, events won't always be available)

Thanks for having such a great service!  I have experienced so many cool events and none of which I would have thought to go to without my membership.  You have successfully removed me from my seat at home and placed me in a considerably more entertaining seat! 

– E.R., Atlanta area seat filler

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be a Chicago seat filler?

You no longer have to be in Los Angeles or New York City to be a seat filler, as OTL Seat Fillers has evolved the concept for local seat filling in Chicago and other locations across the US and in London. Becoming a seat filler is as easy as registering on

What's the difference between an awards-show seat filler and a Chicago seat filler?

Seat fillers for award shows (Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and BAFTAs) are there to do a job. They temporarily fill in empty seats for celebrities and move from spot to spot during the event. OTL Seat Fillers might not be rubbing elbows with the stars, but they're comp ticket VIPs. They receive free pairs of tickets by private invitation of Chicago theatres and other venues and are treated just like every other audience member.

What types of shows do Chicago seat fillers attend?

Theatre is number one on the list for local seat fillers, but that's not all. In addition to plays, musicals, comedy shows, and music events, OTL seat fillers have attended sporting events, classes, wine tastings, escape rooms, movies and film screenings, book signings, lectures, and more.

How much do seat fillers in Chicago, IL pay for tickets?

Chicago seat fillers don't pay anything for tickets, whether they're worth 10.00 or 100.00 each. Instead, they pay low monthly dues (averaging $5.00 per month), covering up to four complimentary tickets to anything they opt to attend.

What are the benefits of Chicago seat-filling?

Seat Fillers belong to an exclusive VIP Squad in the Chicago area. Not only do they receive complimentary tickets to all kinds of things to do in their hometown, but they get to treat their family and friends, too, through two or four-seat memberships. While free admission is an awesome benefit, seat fillers love being introduced to new shows and events and the surprise of seeing what pops up out of the blue.

Why are Chicago seat fillers offered free admission to shows, events, and activities.?

Local seat-filling is an effective event partnership marketing tool for Chicago event promoters, managers, marketers, and box office managers. Teaming up with OTL Seat Fillers is a free, private, and easy way to fill seats. But seat fillers do more than just fill those seats. They also buy food, beverages, and merchandise, bring guests above and beyond their seat-filling privileges, and tend to return to venues they love (even without comp tickets!). Additionally, inviting Chicago seat fillers is a great way to build a marketing list for future events.

How do Chicago area promoters and marketers partner with OTL Seat Fillers?

It only takes about five minutes to get the ball rolling with OTL Seat Fillers for effective partnership marketing. There's a dedicated event promoters page with an online event submission form on Submit the form, OTL follows up to confirm the details, and the show is then posted in the private members-only area so seat fillers can make reservations. It's a partnership without any exchange of money or tickets. OTL compiles a reservation list and seat fillers check in at the venue right before the show.