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"A SOPHISTICATED NIGHT-CAP. You’ll be mightily impressed!"
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“A perfect evening of illusion and laughter… The Magic Parlour TRANSFORMED a roomful of tired adults into WIDE-EYED, WIDE AWAKE innocents. And that in itself is Watkins’ most impressive trick."
Chicago Theater Beat
“This late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and UTTERLY BAFFLING.”
The Chicago Reader

An intimate evening of classic magic 

Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences. Experience the premier magic show in Chicago, featuring mystifying feats of prestidigitation, sleight of hand, mentalism, and more!


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RUN DATES: An open run continues on Fridays and Saturdays, with more performances this year than ever before!
TIMES: Fridays 7:30 & 9:30pm, Saturdays 4:30, 7:30 & 9:30pm. 
PRICE: $79
AGES: Recommended for adults and youth ages 12 and up
RUN TIME: This is a 90-minute experience.
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago IL 60603
*Guests convene at Potter's on the lobby level and will be escorted to the private performance venue*

Check out our TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews for more glowing recommendations from mystified patrons!

Join us at our Open House!

You're invited to our Open House at our new headquarters for off-stage and administrative operations, located at 4020 N Rockwell St in Chicago.

Drop-in on Saturday, May 12 between 5pm and 9pm for tours and camaraderie with The House staff and artists.

This event is free and open to the public, and RSVPs are requested but not required.


4020 N Rockwell ST


The House will continue presenting plays at the Chopin Theatre venue, where we've have been in residence since 2008. Additionally, our long-running hit, The Magic Parlour, continues its open run at the Palmer House hotel.

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Details of The Headquarters

Scene Shop, Costume Studio

  • A scene shop replete with power tools, a slop sink and skylights will enable technicians and artists to build sets, and props on site. 
  • The shop will also be available for rent, a rare and valuable resource for the theatre community. 
  • A costume studio for on-site fittings and wardrobe maintenance. 
  • 1,600 square feet of storage.

Rehearsal Room

  • Complete with a green room and kitchenette. More than 1,400 square feet! 
  • A sprung floor for dance and movement.
  • Skylights for natural light year-round. 
  • A custom-installed truss for acrobatics, or illusions like the Water Torture Cell featured in Death & Harry Houdini.

Site facts

  • The former site of a commercial bakery.
  • Will also include Anytime Fitness.
  • Overlooking the Chicago River.
  • Developed by entrepreneur Scott Waltenburg.

Administrative Offices

  • Overlooking the north branch of the Chicago River.
  • 1,800 square feet of office space gives The House the capacity to grow into its full potential. 
  • Features three enclosed offices, large conference room and capacity for nearly twenty staff and interns.

Call or email Development Manager, Lizzie to learn more
773-961-7867, Lizzie(at)