"A perfect evening of illusion and laughter"

Chicago Theatre Beat



PRICES: All tickets for the magic show are $79 and $89 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 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