Though it prohibits us from bench-pressing cars, gravity is the best thing for getting water out of the sky and the only thing keeping football stadiums from floating away. Watch professionals resist the force with this GrouponLive deal to see Cirque Shanghai at the Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier. For $15, you get one ticket for Emperor's Court center seating (a $29.50 value). Choose from the following showtimes:
- Wednesday, August 15, at 2 p.m., 6 p.m., or 8 p.m.
- Thursday, August 16, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Friday, August 17, at 2 p.m., 7 p.m., or 9 p.m.
- Saturday, August 18, at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
- Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 22, at 2 p.m., 6 p.m., or 8 p.m.
- Thursday, August 23, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Friday, August 24, at 2 p.m., 7 p.m., or 9 p.m.
- Saturday, August 25, at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
- Sunday, August 26, at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 29, at 2 p.m., 6 p.m., or 8 p.m.
- Thursday, August 30, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Friday, August 31, at 2 p.m., 7 p.m., or 9 p.m.
- Saturday, September 1, at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
- Sunday, September 2, at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Doors open one hour before the show.
Cirque Shanghai's masters of marvel generate involuntary oohs and aahs with a visual spectacle that combines breathtaking Chinese acrobatics with nonstop action. Throughout the heart-pumping production, 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.
The performance venue itself is surrounded by one of Chicago’s most vibrant, family-friendly spectacles. Just beyond the canopied outdoor theater, lake breezes ruffle the hair of visitors from around the world as they line up for the 15-story Ferris wheel, watch cruise boats float by, and wander 50 acres of promenades and spectacles.
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 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. 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. In the past year, Navy Pier has undergone significant renovation and re-imagining as well.
Near North Side
600 E Grand Ave.
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