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Explore the Secrets of The Magic Parlor

Frank Sinatra once crooned that Chicago was his kind of town. Chicago is the heart beat of Illinois. It is also described as the 'Second City' that never sleeps, after New York City.

Like its East Coast counterpart, there is much to do and see in Chicago. It was once home to the notorious gangster, Al Capone. United States President Barack Obama began his political career in Chicago.

There are restaurants, cafes and bars, night clubs, coffee shops and many retail outlets catering for busy Chicagoans or cash-strapped tourists. There are B and B’s and inns too.

The Palmer House Hilton

For the well-traveled, being spoilt for choice is a welcome distraction. One hotel worth considering is a Chicago institution. It is The Palmer House Hilton Hotel at East Monroe Street.

Today, this hotel has an unusual attraction. Since February 2012 it has hosted The House Theatre of Chicago. During a benefit concert back in 2010, The House Theatre of Chicago introduced well-known entertainer and House Company Member, Dennis Watkins, to its delighted audience.

The Magic Parlor

Watkins' introduction was a historic occasion for the theatre group. Soon, crowds flocked to watch the newly-launched The Magic Parlor on a weekly basis. Before moving to The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, The Magic Parlor was a regular, sold-out feature of The Chopin Theatre for over two years.

The Magic Parlor is also popular amongst tourists who take their seats alongside locals who return religiously to watch award-winning Dennis Watkins’ highly entertaining and innovative shows. Watkins’ performances, it has to be said, are not confined to standard, basic tricks familiar to bored children at birthday parties. It is an enchantingly mixed bag of spellbinding acts.

Dennis Watkins’ magical repertoire includes a combination of sophisticated and entrancing magic and mind-reading. A welcome feature of Watkins’ shows is that it is open to children from the age of ten. Like the genial magician himself, guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion, in black and white attire no less.

Applause for The Magic Parlor

Local critics have not stopped raving about The Magic Parlor. It is that good. The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones believes that the ambience created by Dennis Watkins is ideal.

The Chicago Reader describes The Magic Parlor as “funny, lively, intimate and utterly baffling.” A reviewer from the Chicago Theater Beat gushes about the mesmerizing effect this show had on him long after he had left the intimate setting of the theatre on his way home. He claims that this is the most impressive aspect of Watkins’ show.

The Magic Parlor Awaits You

Finally, a note for the budget conscious. Tickets for this magical extravaganza are a hefty seventy-five dollars. There is good news in this, though.

Wine and beer are included. For any newcomer to Chicago nightlife, this is a bargain. Promising a magical night to remember on your flight back home, The Magic Parlor awaits you.

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