10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m weekday and Saturday; 1:30 p.m. and
7:30 p.m. Sunday
$17.50-$45 weekdays; $20.50-$60 weekends.
Note: Windy City Circus
has cancelled its 10-day engagement at Navy Pier. Founder David
Maas said, "We are incredibly saddened to report that in this
economy as a new non-profit organization, we have fallen short of
our projected sponsorship and funding goals. "We want to ensure
that Chicago receives a high-quality production that befits our
incredible hometown and will be a successful fundraiser for our
charitable partners. We are looking forward to mounting Windy City
Circus at a future date, and will continue to strive toward that
As entertainers, David and
Dania Maas have been on the road their whole lives. Masters of a
quick-change magic act they performed around the globe, David and
Dania often found themselves saying goodbye to their son Daniel as
they headed to the airport.
"It's fine; it's what we do,"
David says of their travels, "but I wanted to become part of a
community, get to know people. And my wife desperately wanted that
So the couple eventually
decided to settle down in Glenview and launch a project closer to
home. Their new project-Windy City Circus-will bring circus
entertainers from around the world to Navy Pier for their first
performance in February, but David and Dania hope it becomes a
year-round Chicago circus.
Deciding they needed to do
more than just create an entertainment venue close to home, they
wanted it to be a "circus with a purpose."
So, working with friends Gary
and Renee Walter, they decided the circus would help needy and
disabled children and their families.
Eighty percent of the
proceeds from their circus performances will be donated to local
Ronald McDonald House charities and Special Olympics Chicago.
The circus will hold
additional appeal to Chicagoans, as the storyline explores events
from Chicago history. It also will have an international flair.
"Entertainers will be from
all over the world, from Russia to Spain," David says. "The goal is
to work an entire season eventually, once we're up and going, from
August until the following year."
In the end, they hope to
bring the joy of the circus to another generation of children.
"It'll be just a good circus,
with old-fashioned clowns ... and just the nice smell of popcorn,"
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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