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"A perfect evening of illusion and laughter"

-Chicago Theatre Beat




PRICES: All tickets are $79 and include wine, beer and soft drink selections

TIMES: Friday nights at 7:30 and 9:30pm, Saturdays at 4:30, 7:30 and 9:30pm. Additional performances around the holidays, too!

ATTIRE: Cocktail attire is suggested for this upscale event

AGES: Best for adults and kids 12+

LOCATION: The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E. Monroe St, Chicago


"The Magic Parlour is a simple entertainment in the Ricky Jay Mold:  Old-fashioned trickery performed very well in an ideal setting by a man with a heart and a story."

-The Chicago Tribune

“I’ve seen magic shows in NYC and Las Vegas that were terrific BUT this one at the Palmer House Hilton exceeds them all!”

-PhyllisL, TripAdvisor

“Truly a magical evening. Dennis is not only one of the best magicians of our time, but also the true greatest showman. This was the best show I've seen in Chicago. ”

-Devan4u7, TripAdvisor



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 presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown.  This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Now in our seventh year, The Magic Parlour has entertained guests from all over the world looking for an extra-special night out in Chicago. To date, The Magic Parlour has hosted more than 20,000 guests and over 800 ticketed performances.  This one-of-a-kind downtown event has also hosted dozens of private groups and corporate events, created 4 very magical wedding proposals, and has been featured in 2 books.  

"This magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate and utterly baffling.”

-Chicago Reader


The Magic Parlour is an open run!

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You can also reserve by calling 773-769-3832.


"A complete blast - One of the most enjoyable evenings I've ever spent."


The Magic Parlour is pleased to offer our unique experience for private groups, corporate off-sites, staff member rewards, client entertaining, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and family gatherings. The Magic Parlour is for ages 12 and up.

"Dennis Watkins engaged our clients more than any entertainer we have ever had!"

-Fidelity Express

“There is nothing like up close and in your face magic. It's an intimate setting which adds to the appeal of the show. And nothing beats the historic Palmer House! Don't miss this!”

Alicia_ja, TripAdvisor

"There are 'must see' shows and 'MUST SEE' shows. This is a 'YOU MUST SEE THIS SHOW BEFORE YOU SEE ANYTHING ELSE!!!' show.”

-TheatreScott, TripAdvisor

"The Magic Parlour concept is unique and unrivaled in Chicago. Nowhere else will you see magic of this caliber in such an intimate and memorable setting while supporting a phenomenal theater at the same time.” 

-Nathan W, Yelp


Join us for Chicago's premiere magic and mind reading performance inside one of the city's most beautiful and historic hotels, The Palmer House Hilton Hotel. 



The Magic Parlour plays at:
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 E Monroe St, Chicago IL 60603
In the Loop, downtown Chicago



Enjoy a full evening in downtown Chicago!  There are a number of dining options within walking distance, including The Palmer House’s own Potter's Burger Bar and Lockwood Restaurant and Bar

Lockwood Restaurant and Bar - Fine dining inside the Palmer House.
Experience the exclusive “Magic Menu”. This pre fixe menu is available in the restaurant exclusively for performance guests before or after any shows of The Magic Parlour.  The cost for the Magic Menu is $41 inclusive of tax and gratuity and can be added to The Magic Parlour ticket price up to 24 hours in advance of your showtime.

Potter's Burger Bar – Modern, Chicago-neighborhood-inspired burgers and inventive cocktails - 17 E Monroe, inside The Palmer House

The Gage - Stylish gastropub with multiple dining rooms - 24 S Michigan Ave, 2 blocks around the corner from The Palmer House - RESERVATIONS

The Bergoff - German cuisine & steins of beer in an old-world setting, a Chicago classic! - 17 W Adams St, 1 block from The Palmer House - RESERVATIONS

Miller’s Pub – Steak & chops, with plentiful offerings of classic salads, sandwiches and more casual fare for all ages – 134 S Wabash, next door to The Palmer House

Vapiano – Casual family-friendly Italian fare with counter service – 44 S Wabash, across the street from The Palmer House




Self Parking
A parking deck is located at 55 E. Monroe

Valet Parking
Available at both the Wabash and Monroe entrances of the hotel

Public Transportation to The Palmer House:
Monroe Red Line
Monroe Blue Line



All tickets are held at will call. Please check in 15 minutes before your showtime at Potter`s, located on the Lobby Level of The Palmer House. From there, our host will direct you to the performance venue. 

Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to show time at Potter`s. A few minutes before showtime you will be directed to The Magic Parlour venue by a member of our team. Once you`ve arrived inside the private room at the Parlour you will be able to choose your seats and wine, beer and soft drinks will be served, included with your tickets. 

Performed for just 44 guests, seating at The Magic Parlour is general admission and arranged in a cabaret style giving everyone a wonderfully close-up experience with the magic.

The Palmer House is fully acccesible, and all floors may be accessed by elevator, located on the south end of the hotel. If you or someone in your party uses a wheelchair, or would like additional time to get to your seats, please just let us know and we will make arrangements. While we do not offer assisted listening devices, all seats are within 20 feet of the performance. If you have any other needs or questions, please reach our Access Coordinator, Kait Mikitin, at or 773-769-3832.

The Magic Parlour is a 90 minute experience performed without intermission.

Cocktail or dressy attire is recommended for everyone attending this magical night! Please no torn jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes, flip-flops, or ball caps.

At Lockwood Restaurant and Bar inside the Palmer House

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar chefs and magician Dennis Watkins have created an exclusive “Magic Menu”. This pre fixe menu is available in the restaurant exclusively for performance guests before or after any shows of The Magic Parlour.  The cost for the Magic Menu is $41 inclusive of tax and gratuity and can be added to The Magic Parlour ticket price.

Lockwood Restaurant and Bar’s Magic Menu includes:

1st course
arugula salad
quinoa. parmesean cheese. grape. toasted walnut. lemon-honey vinegrette
soup of the day


2nd course
roasted chicken breast
chanterelle mushroom. brussel sprout leaves. sunchoke puree
“bbq”. cucumber gazpacho. charred onion. asparagus. pine nut. pickled parsley root. walnut-lemon vinaigrette
mushroom & breakfast radish pasta | truffle. fine herb


3rd course
bertha brownie
PH traditional brownie. apricot. walnut bourbon chocolate sauce. vanilla ice cream
seasonal fruits. chocolate crumb. wood sorrel


Magic Menu Reservations can be made online or over the phone at the time of Magic Parlour ticket purchases. Magic Menu reservations are for the following times:

6pm or 9pm dinner with 7:30pm show
8pm dinner with 9:30pm show

6pm with 4:30pm show
6pm or 9pm dinner with 7:30pm show
8pm dinner with 9:30pm show