The House Theatre of Chicago Presents

The Magic Parlour

an intimate evening of classic magic with Dennis Watkins

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. The Magic Parlour is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in an intimate suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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

Now in its fourth year in this historic venue, The Magic Parlour has entertained guests from all over the world looking for an extra-special night out in Chicago. Additionally, The Magic Parlour has hosted several private groups and corporate events, and many special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, family gatherings, and two marriage proposals!

Make your reservations online or dial (773) 769-3832.

A complete blast - one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve ever spent.
— TripAdvisor

A private event at The Magic Parlour is the perfect unique experience for entertaining clients, rewarding your team, or rounding out a conference weekend. Private events are also ideal for special occasions including anniversaries, birthdays, and family gatherings. Click here for more information.

This late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and utterly baffling.
— The Chicago Reader

The Magic Parlour performs most Friday and Saturday evenings at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel at 7:30 and 9:30pm, and some Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online by selecting a date below or by calling our box office at 773-769-3832. Join our email list to be the first to learn when new dates are released.

At Lockwood Restaurant and Bar inside the Palmer House

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar Chef Mat Wiltzius 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
French Onion Soup - croute, swiss, and smoked gouda
Autumn Greens Salad – shaved pear, candied hazelnuts, radish, herb and buttermilk vinaigrette
Second Course
Salmon – BBQ, asparagus salad, pickled parsley root, pine nut
Spaghetti alla Chitarra – wild mushroom, fine herb, parmesan
Flat Iron Steak - parsnip puree, tuscan kale, knob onion, crispy gremolata
Third Course
Smoke & Mirrors – Bertha’s Brownie featuring chocolate, bourbon, and cedar served in a smoking cigar box

Magician Dennis Watkins enjoys the Magic Menu's third course, Smoke and Mirrors. 

Magician Dennis Watkins enjoys the Magic Menu's third course, Smoke and Mirrors

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
12:30pm or 4pm with 2:00pm show