Going to the circus makes you think about things such as how amazing the human body is or how maybe the acrobats are the ones watching us. Get your mind blown with this Groupon.
- $15 for one G-Pass to see Cirque Shanghai 2013 "Dragon's Thunder" (up to a $40.49 value)
- Where: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier
- Seating: Emperor's Court
- Door time: one hour prior to showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Click to view a list of available performances.
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
Cirque Shanghai 2013 "Dragon's Thunder"
Cirque Shanghai has a reputation for spectacle, building nonstop action sequences from breathtaking Chinese acrobatics. The troupe's new show, "Dragon's Thunder," ups the ante by starring 36 performers—the largest Cirque cast to visit the U.S. in the troupe's history—and introducing traditional Chinese dragon drums for the first time. Their frenetic beats heighten the drama of new contraptions such as the Chinese Flex Bar and the Gravity Swings, as well as returning acts such as daredevil motorcyclists Imperial Thunder. But it's not all technically perfected flash: the Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones also praised the show's "exuberant individual performers."
Throughout the heart-pumping production, director Miao Miao Chen's contemporary staging provides a fantastical framework for the talented troupe of tumblers, who channel more than 2,000 years of Chinese tradition to coax wide-eyed wonder from modern-day audiences. Guests of all ages somersault to the edge of their seats as costumed acrobats soar through the air, dive through hoops, and contort limbs into the PIN numbers of rival performers.
Originally part of architect Daniel Burnham's ambitious "Plan of Chicago" drafted in 1909, Navy Pier was designed to handle both recreational and freight traffic for the burgeoning metropolis. Its role quickly changed when it began serving as a barracks and training facility during two World Wars—it earned its nickname because of the more than 200 planes that littered the lake bottom around the pier, lost during exercises and sunk to intimidate fish with military technology. In the decades that followed, the pier was home to a University of Illinois campus, a convention center, and a venue for citywide festivals before falling into disuse. This ended in 1989, when the state moved to transform the venerable pier into one of Chicago's foremost tourist attractions.
Reopened in 1995, the revamped Navy Pier boasts 50 acres of parks, restaurants, shops, and entertainment, scenically located along Lake Michigan and the mouth of the Chicago River. The pier's most striking denizen is its 150-foot tall ferris wheel, whose glittering lights slowly rotate above the water and frame a beautiful view of the city's skyscrapers for riders. Other attractions include a towering IMAX screen that shows educational films and Hollywood blockbusters, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which treats audiences to bold stagings of the Bard's greatest hits.