This summer, in addition to all the exciting attractions Chicago’s Navy Pier has to offer, the historic venue will play host to the largest Cirque Shanghai Troupe to ever tour the United States, Dragon’s Thunder. This amazing performance features performers who have spent their lives working and training in China to bring their artistic performances over to North America to share with audiences in Chicago. Each performance of Dragon’s Thunder will feature tumbling, juggling, balancing acts, acrobats, and many other awe-inspiring acts.
Dragon’s Thunder combines challenging performance art with rhythm and music. For the first time, Cirque Shanghai combines Traditional Chinese Dragon Drums with their live performance. Audiences will enjoy watching astounding physical acts while enjoying the music of traditional Chinese drums.
Cirque Shanghai Chicago
As with previous years, this year, Dragon’s Thunder will feature the Wheel of Destiny as well as China’s premier daredevil motorcycle troupe, Imperial Thunder. Unlike last year, however, this year’s performance by Imperial Thunder will feature not just two daredevil motorcyclists, but five motorcyclists. All five daredevils will ride around at breakneck speeds within a steel globe while the audience holds their breath, fearing for the worst only to be delighted when all of the performers come out of the globe unscathed.
This year’s performance of Dragon’s Thunder is guaranteed to shock and amaze audiences. Even show-goers who had the pleasure of attending the show last year will be delighted with the new additions to Dragon’s Thunder and the immense degree of difficulty involved in each performance.
The 2012 run of Dragon’s Thunder had audiences and critics raving. Perhaps the best review of Dragon’s Thunder came from a Chicago Parent who said ‘this is one of those rare shows that works for everyone”. Dragon’s Thunder is the perfect show for all ages. Children will be delighted by the show, and adults won’t be able to stop themselves from raising their eyebrows and being entertained by what they are seeing.
2013 Dragon’s Thunder Show Schedule
Dragon’s Thunder will show at the Pepsi Skyline Stage which is a 1,500 seat, canopied, open-air theater on Chicago’s Navy Pier. Performances are seventy-five minutes long. There is no intermission, and performances go on whether in rain or in shine.
Running from May 22nd until September 2nd, Dragon’s Thunder will take place on the Pepsi Skyline Stage Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Each Sunday there will be performances at 2PM and 4PM. Wednesday performances take place at 2PM, 6PM, and 8PM. Thursday performances are scheduled for 2PM and 8PM. Every Friday Dragon’s Thunder will show at 2PM, 7PM, and 9PM. Performances on Saturday will be 2PM, 6PM, and 8PM. In addition, each Wednesday and Saturday evening shows will end with a beautiful fireworks display.
Additional performances are scheduled for Thursday July 4th at 2PM, 6PM, and 8PM. On Sunday September 1st, there is a special performance scheduled at 8PM, and on Labor Day Monday, September 2nd, there will be two special performances at 2PM and 4PM.
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Dragon’s Thunder is just one of many reasons to plan your family’s vacation in Chicago. While visiting the Windy City and enjoying all that our beautiful home has to offer, families can enjoy the comfort of clean and conveniently located accommodations when they stay at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel. Our friendly service, numerous amenities, and incredible location make our hotel the best Chicago hotel for families and travelers to stay in while in Chicago.
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