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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 – $89
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 St, 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!

"It will bring your family closer together!”

-  Chicago Tribune

Showing at the Chopin Theatre November 8 – December 29, 2019!


A ballet-free tradition for Chicago!

“Imaginative and inventive! It's more than earned a place in the roster of EXCEPTIONAL Chicago holiday shows. I was teary-eyed in less than five minutes.” Chicago Reader

"It'll pull at your heart strings while hitting your funny bone." The Fourth Walsh

"★★★★! Warm ,kind, moving, inclusive, affordable and wholly original!" Chicago Tribune


We bring this wholly original, ballet-free show back year after year because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the grinch’s side from time to time.

The House’s fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave girl will risk the darkness, fight the Rat King, and save her family! This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope—a fun outing fit for the whole family.


Created by Phillip Klapperich, Jake Minton, Kevin O'Donnell and Tommy Rapley
Directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley

The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

RUN DATES: November 8 - December 29, 2019
Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 3:00 and 7:30, Sundays 3:00 (and 7:00 in December). Added weeknight shows are at 7:00pm.
PRICES: $20-$50
BOX OFFICE: 773-769-3832

AGES: Recommended for ages 5 and up! Read the Parent's Guide.
RUN TIME: 2 hours, with a 15-minute intermission

GROUPS: Save 15% or more when you bring 10+ people!

SPECIAL EVENTS at The Nutcracker 

Enjoy a pre-show mix n' mingle with drinks and apps and a ticket to the 7:30 show.

FAMILY DAY, Sunday, Nov 24, 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Family Day offers "extras" for our younger guests ages 5+. Come early for kids' crafts including cookie decorating from our partners at Lakeview Whole Foods. Watch the 3pm matinee, and then join in character meet-n-greet for kids after the show


Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly performances: Saturdays Nov. 30 at 3pm, Dec. 7 at 3pm, and Dec. 28 at 3pm

Open Captioned performance: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3pm

Touch Tour & Audio Described performance: Saturday, Dec. 14: (2pm and 3pm)

Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered to those on our ACCESS listserve. Please join the listserve with the button below.

Questions? Call us at 773.769.3832 or email us at

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES here.


Music and Lyrics by Jason Narducy
Book by Brett Neveu
Directed by Artistic Director Nathan Allen

1983. Chicago. It’s do-or-die for Verböten—a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family? With lyrics and music by Verböten’s original guitarist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verböten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.

The Poetry Foundation

The Chopin Theatre
1543 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642

RUN DATES: January 16 – March 8, 2020
Thursdays & Fridays 8:00pm, Saturdays 3:00 & 8:00pm, Sundays 3:00pm
PRICES: $20-$50
BOX OFFICE: (773) 769-3832,

GROUPS: Save 15% or more when you bring 10+ people!



Pre-show on Thursday, February 6
Enjoy a pre-show mix n' mingle with drinks & apps and a ticket to the 7:30 show!



 Saturday, March 15 at 3:00pm


Friday, March 22 at 8:00pm


Saturday, December 14: (tour at 2:00pm, performance at 3:00pm)

Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered to those on our ACCESS listserv. Please join the listserv with this link.

Feel free to call us at (773) 769-3832 or email us at if you have any questions.

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES here.