Circus performers often find their way to the big top from more traditional occupations such as training horses, teaching yoga, or walking across power lines to check their tensile strength. Celebrate multipurpose skill sets with today’s Groupon: for $42, you get a Windy City Circus outing for two with two mezzanine tickets and one bag of popcorn at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (an $87.50 value). Of the shows’ total proceeds, 80 percent will go to local charities. Choose from the following three performances:
- Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
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.