Get Special Offers


"A perfect evening of illusion and laughter"

Chicago Theatre Beat



PRICES: All tickets for the magic show are general admission. $79 each ($89 during the holidays) 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. Special holiday additions include 4:30 on Nov. 29, as well as shows on Dec. 22, 23 and 26.

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 House Theatre of Chicago is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and is proud to present The Magic Parlour in service of its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of community through amazing feats of storytelling. All tickets and donations to our organization support our core performance programming and new play development, enhancing the cultural landscape of Chicago for its residents and visitors. Driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform. Support our efforts to serve our community with experiences of epic story and stagecraft with your ticket purchase or a charitable, tax-deductible donation today.

"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 a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Now in our eighth year, The Magic Parlour starring Dennis Watkins 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 30,000 guests and over 1,000 ticketed performances. This one-of-a-kind downtown Chicago event has also hosted dozens of private groups and corporate events, created four very magical wedding proposals, and has been featured in two books.  

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

Chicago Reader


The Magic Parlour starring Dennis Watkins is an open run!

Scroll forward for more Chicago magic show dates.

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


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

– TripAdvisor

Dennis Watkins wants to spend more time with you.

The Encore Room is available following select performances of The Magic Parlour, giving you the chance to experience Watkins’ world-class sleight of hand in an even more intimate and exclusive setting. When the show concludes, The Encore Room guests will be escorted to a smaller, private space within the Palmer House, where they will sit at the card table with Chicago’s premier magician for an additional performance of the most intimate close-up magic Watkins has up his sleeve.

"Chicago’s Official Magic Man!”

The Chicago Sun-Times

The Magic Parlour is pleased to offer our unique experience for private groups, corporate events and 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.

The Magic Menu at Lockwood Restaurant—Dine in the gorgeous lobby of the Palmer House on a Prix-Fixe Menu made specially for guests 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 by calling (773) 769-3832.

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

The Berghoff—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





Guests of The Magic Parlour receive special discounted parking from our parking sponsor, InterPark!
Enjoy a discounted rate of $17 at the lot located at Adams and Wabash, just one block south of the hotel.
Guests must pre-purchase this parking with the calendar below to enjoy this discounted rate.


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



All guests must check in no later than 15 minutes before their curtain time at Potter`s Chicago Burger Bar located on the Lobby Level of The Palmer House.

All tickets are held at will call. Bring your confirmation on your smart phone, or print it out.

Late seating is at the discretion of the House Manager.

You must check in at least 15 minutes prior to show time at Potter`s. Ten 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. Late seating is at the discretion of the House Manager.

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 accessible, 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 email us at or call us at (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! Guests in casual or torn jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes, flip-flops, or ball caps may not be admitted.


At Lockwood Restaurant and Bar inside the Palmer House

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar chefs and magician Dennis Watkins have created an exclusive “Magic Menu”. This prix 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—the presto
Michigan apple salad
mixed greens. butternut squash. cranberry. bleu cheese. roasted carrot. spiced walnut. sherry vinaigrette
soup of the day

2nd course—the equivoque
roasted chicken thigh
whipped potatoes. rapini. pearl onions. Brussels sprouts. golden raisin gastrique
yukon potato gnocchi
shrimp. roasted corn. baby kale. fried prosciutto
beef filet
mushroom duduxcelle. pommes potatoes. red wine demi

3rd course—the prestige
milk chocolate brownie bar
alto de sol ganache. milk chocolate chantilly. salted pecans
seasonal fruit. meringue

All Magic Menu courses subject to change.

Magic Menu Reservations can be made online with your ticket purchase, or over the phone at (773) 769-3832You may purchase when buying your tickets, or anytime after purchasing tickets within 24 hours of the dinner time you want. 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