Chicago has always been a magical city: During the Golden Age of Magic—from 1890 to 1930—the city brimmed with magicians. They performed their acts in vaudeville theaters, shops and taverns and even on street corners. In 1893, magicians from near and far, including Harry Houdini, traveled to Chicago to make their mark at the World's Columbian Exposition. If you're looking to add a little magic to your life these days, check out three one-of-a-kind magic shows in Chicago.
Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, at Steppenwolf Theatre
If you've ever wished you could know what someone else is thinking, you'll want to check out Communion, a 70-minute show that explores magic as a proxy for empathy and human connection, and a celebration of our desire to better understand one another.
Highly interactive and unconventional, Communion blends world-class magic, sleight of hand and psychological suggestion with live participation from the audience. No two performances are alike.
Onstage at the Steppenwolf as part of its LookOut late-winter series on Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and available at steppenwolf.org or 312-335-1650.
STEPPENWOLF THEATRE | 1650 N. Halsted Street | 312-335-1650
March 14–19, at Broadway Playhouse
If you're looking for a naughtier, edgier magic show, you'll want to check out the jaw- and pants-dropping Naked Magicians. Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, coming to Chicago direct from Australia, will be appearing onstage at the Broadway Playhouse in March with their unique, sexy and smart show featuring magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem.
Since this duo has no top hats, sleeves or even pants' pockets to pull a rabbit out of, their show promises to bring a new meaning to "now you see it." This full-frontal illusion make this show hilarious yet R-rated.The Naked Magicians will be in Chicago for a limited one-week engagement at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. Individual tickets for The Naked Magicians at the Broadway Playhouse range from $25–$50, plus a special premium ticket that includes a post-show meet and greet.
BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE at Water Tower Place | 175 E. Chestnut Street | 800-775-2000
Ongoing, Friday nights at the Palmer House Hilton
Step back in time at the Palmer House and prepare to be charmed by one of the country's most acclaimed magicians: Third-generation magician Dennis Watkins presents The Magic Parlour, an intimate performance of mind-blowing magic.
Watkins brings all the classic tricks of the trade to life, and the small performance space gives you an up close and personal look into the world of magic. This long-standing show makes for a classy date night—cocktail attire is encouraged—but kids ages 10 and up are welcome as well.
Make your reservations online or call 773-769-3832.
PALMER HOUSE HILTON | 17 E. Monroe Street | 312-726-7500