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Theatre & Performing Arts

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo returns to Chicagoland area

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Chicagoland area after a four-year absence with its joyous Corteo, to be presented at the NOW Arena (5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates) for five performances only, from Thursday, June 1, 2023 to Sunday, June 4, 2023.

Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music turns lyrical and playful carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

Tickets for Corteo at NOW Arena are available online exclusively to Club Cirque members starting today. For free membership subscription, visit General public on-sale starts on November 7, 2022, at


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