Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago’s home for close-up magic, kicks off its new Artist-In-Residence series with Mark Toland’s Mind Reader. The master mentalist will performance Wednesdays at 7:30pm starting April 3, 2019. Tickets for all Chicago Magic Lounge shows are available at the box office, (312) 366-4500 or online at

In Mark Toland’s Mind Reader the audience is the cast, their thoughts are his props, and your mind is his stage. Over the course of 75-minutes, Mark will dazzle you with psychological illusions and mysteries of the mind. Mind Reader won a Chicago Theatre Award in 2018 and has been featured at theatre festivals around the world.

The Chicago Magic Lounge’s new Artist-in-Residence series features three-month runs of fantastic magicians performing their one-person shows. Following mentalistMark Toland’s Mind Reader, Chicago Magic Lounge welcomes Sean Masterson, Wednesdays from July 3 through October 2, and Lucy Darling (aka Carisa Hendrix) Wednesdays from October 10 through December 18.

Mark Toland’s Mind Reader will be presented on Wednesdays at 7:30pm, April 3 – June 26, 2019. Tickets are priced $35 (Main Floor) and $40 (Front Row).

For the month of March, the Chicago Magic Lounge will be offering a sneak peek of upcoming artists-in-residence and Showcase performers in our First Look series This limited engagement will feature different magicians each week, followed by headliner, Mark Toland, performing specially selected illusions that will provide you with a taste of what’s to come.

Ongoing Events and Performances are as follows:

Music & Magic

Mondays at 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 (General Admission)

Unwind at the beginning of the week with magic, jazz, and a cocktail. Music & Magic is the only performance of its kind in the city. We feature live jazz on stage and close-up magic at your table performed by our resident house magicians. When the band takes a break, a magician takes the stage.

The Showcase: New and Experimental Works

Tuesdays at 7:30pm

March Performers: Justin Purcell, Danny Rudnick and Lee Benzaquin

April Performers: Gozner and AJ Sacco & Sally Marvel

Tickets: $30 (Main Floor), $35 (Front Row)

The Showcase features an alternating lineup of Chicago Magic Lounge company members and special guests presenting their new material to CML audiences. The 90-minute show will feature 30 minutes of close-up magic followed by an hour of magic on stage showcasing new, performance-ready material. The show’s cast will change monthly with each magician bringing their unique personality, style, and point of view to the art form of stage magic.

First Look

Wednesdays at 7:30pm thru March 6 thru March 27, 2019

Tickets: $35 (Main Floor), $45 (Front Row)

Each Wednesday in March, we pull back the curtain and give you a glimpse of our upcoming Spring line-up. This limited engagement will feature different magicians each week, followed by headliner, Mark Toland, performing specially selected illusions that will provide you with a taste of what’s to come. The show begins with an hour of table magic, followed by two 30-minute performances of stage magic by upcoming Artists-in-Residence and Showcase headliners.

The Signature Show

Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm & 10pm

Tickets: $39.50 (Main Floor), $44.50 (Premium Main Floor), $49.50 (Front Row), $54.50 (Mezzanine Experience)

The Signature Show was conceived in 2015 as an homage to the historic, Chicago magic bar scene. Experience close-up magic right at your table during the cocktail hour, followed by an hour of stage magic featuring two masters of their craft performing feats of prestidigitation and sleight of hand. Guests who purchase Mezzanine, Front Row and Premium Main Floor tickets are invited to an exclusive performance of close-up magic directly after the show in our 43-seat close-up gallery, The 654 Club. *Please visit for a complete schedule of performers and special Halloween shows.

The Family Show

Sundays at 2pm

Tickets: $27.50, $17.50 (children 5-16)

We take the bar scene out of Chicago Magic and open our Blackstone Cabaret for a 45-minute magic matinee suitable for younger ages. Our mission is to bring back the era of bar magic, bringing out the child in every adult; however, on Sundays, we feature a family-friendly magician that will fill both the adults and children full of wonder. The Family Show makes a great post-brunch activity with many restaurants nearby. The Family Show is suitable for ages 5 and up.

The Performance Bar

Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30pm-11pm; Thursdays, 5:30pm-12am; and Fridays-Saturdays, 5:30pm-2am

Open from 5:30pm to close Mondays thru Saturdays, The Performance Bar features signature cocktails, luxurious seating and magicians behind the bar to challenge your imagination. The Performance Bar is open to the public and does not require a ticket to the show. Please note that The Performance Bar is 21+ only and is not open on Sundays.

Tickets for all Chicago Magic Lounge performances are available at the box office, (312) 366-4500 or online at Chicago Magic Lounge is a 21+ venue. Ages 16+ allowed to ticketed shows with a legal guardian. Ages 5+ allowed for The Family Show only.

For a complete schedule of performances and more information about Chicago Magic Lounge, as well as resident and guest performers, Chicago Magic College classes, the Chicago Magic Round Table, and more, please visit

About Chicago Magic Lounge

Chicago Magic Lounge reinvents the classic “magic bar” that once dotted Chicago’s nightlife landscape, bringing cocktails and card tricks back together again. Shows include magic performance at the bar, on the stage and in true Chicago-style Magic form, at the tables of the guests, providing the classic “Close-Up” tradition Chicago-style Magic is known for. Chicago Magic Lounge is also the home of the Chicagoland magic community, showcasing over 30 local professionals, and serving as a networking hub for working magicians from all over the world.

The newly constructed theater at 5050 N. Clark St., designed by Morris Architects Planners, has ushered in a new wave of entertainment, bringing back “Chicago-style Magic” under the leadership of Donald C Clark, Jr. and Joseph (Joey) Cranford. Converted from a 1930s-era, commercial laundry building, the Chicago Magic Lounge is a 7,200 square-foot, Art Deco, state-of-the-art theater and lounge complete with secret doors, elegant performance areas and a magic bar – all dedicated to the art of sleight of hand, prestidigitation and Chicago’s contribution to the magical arts. From magicians to mind readers, Chicago Magic Lounge provides guests the unique, one-of-a-kind experience of seeing wonders up-close and personal in a venue unlike anything else offered throughout the country.