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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. 

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

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 sixth 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 700 ticketed performances.  This one-of-a-kind downtown event has also hosted dozens of private groups and corporate events, created 3 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

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 $39 inclusive of tax and gratuity and can be added to The Magic Parlour ticket price.
Lockwood Restaurant and Bar’s Magic Menu includes:

First Course

Arugula Salad  -  quinoa. parmesean cheese. grape. toasted walnut. lemon-honey vinaigrette
Clam Chowder  |  leek. fingerling potato. bacon. chive

Second Course

Bavette of Beef Sirloin  - roasted garlic butter. jus.
Salmon - “bbq”. asparagus salad. cucumber gazpacho sunflower. pickled parsley root
Spaghetti - array of mushroom. fine herb. sherry parmesan cheese. truffle

Third Course

Bertha Brownie  -  PH traditional brownie. apricot. walnut bourbon chocolate sauce. vanilla ice cream
Sorbet - seasonal fruits. chocolate crumb. sorrel.

Magician Dennis Watkins enjoys the Magic Menu! 

Magician Dennis Watkins enjoys the Magic Menu! 

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


Groups booking 10 or more for dinner before a performance will be offered 2+ hour reservation windows. Please contact us on the Private Events page.