The marvelous mix of acts at the inaugural season of the Windy City Circus enthralls guests in a breathtaking display of talent including death-defying feats and vaudevillian vignettes that tap into stories of Chicago history. During two mesmerizing hours, charming Master of Ceremonies David Michael Maas directs the spotlight toward acts such as aerial artists flying from trapezes, horses galloping and neighing around the ring, and sensational jugglers lobbing and catching as many as five torch-wielding rabid piranhas. The inspiring spectacles aim to entertain and educate by depicting history's most interesting and most mustached Chicagoans as the emcee and his talented troupe weave a rousing tale of the city by the lake.
CircEsteem unites youth from a litany of locations, building confidence through the aerial arts, juggling, and more. The 10th annual performance re-creates old-time entertainment for new audiences, similar to nostalgic jousting or powdered-wig pageants. General-admission tickets allow spectators to roam the big top and freely select their own seats. Each production spans multiple acts, featuring feats of fancy such as clowning, gym-wheel performances, acrobatics, and frozen fire eating. Performers' ages range from 6 to 18, and their origins include Togo, Mexico, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Chicago's Uptown and Rogers Park neighborhoods.
On the weekend after Independence Day, at the very height of summer, some 2,000 urban adventurers will converge on Chicago for a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive, bucket-list-busting weekend of fun and discovery. Over the course of three days, the Windy City will fan its feathers with an array of handpicked, small-group outings during the daytime and barn-burning spectacles at night.Festivities kick off on Friday evening with a trip to the beating heart of Chicago—Wrigley Field. Sprawl out picnic-style across the hallowed outfield for Movie Night and take in a gem of classic Chicago cinema—a redemptive tale woven from the comical exploits of two particularly musical brothers, Jake and Elwood. On Saturday and Sunday, set out on three activities, accompanied by local Chicagoans who serve as camp counselors and offer up city secrets, such as the location of Mrs. O'Leary's charred Zippo lighter. Your activities will come from six curated tracks, including:Saturday night once again marries spectacle to iconic Chicago scenery. You’ll head to Navy Pier—Chicago’s most popular attraction—for a private event headlined by Counting Crows and featuring Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Beneath the 80-foot ceilings of the Grand Ballroom, revelers will sip drinks from an open bar and soak up panoramic views of fireworks as they explode over Lake Michigan. Throughout the weekend, you'll dine at some of Chicago's most acclaimed eateries including Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, and The Signature Room, which is located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. Each night, you’ll retire to private accommodations in downtown luxury hotels such as Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Swissôtel Chicago, and Hyatt Regency Chicago. Start planning your Camp Groupon adventure here and see the Camp Groupon FAQ here. Camp Groupon Waiver and Release must be signed upon arrival to Camp Groupon on 7/6/12. See the waiver and release here.Terms and conditions apply. Please review Fine Print and Details.
A buzzing crowd gathers around the entrance of the Zoppé Family Circus tent before each performance, straining to glimpse the wooden hands of a large clock that displays the next showtime. When the moment is nearly at hand, members of the family emerge from the cavernous tent to greet their guests. As they introduce their siblings, spouses, and children, an accordion exhales melodies first heard in 1842, when Napoline and Ermenegilda Zoppé traveled from Budapest to Venice for their first show.
Inside the tent, Napoline and Ermenegilda’s descendants effortlessly balance on wires and swing from trapezes. Just below their aerial stage, horses trot around a sawdust ring as equestrian ballerinas display a brand of showmanship worthy of comparison to John Wayne's performance in The Lone Leotard. Between acts, Giovanni Zoppé takes on the persona of Nino the clown—a lovable character whose earnest efforts to steal the show are thwarted by his own buffoonery.