Cirque Shanghai Wheel of Destiny

Heading into the Windy City this summer? Prepare to be blown away by the daredevil antics of Cirque Shanghai. These Chinese acrobats have returned for what’s become a summer tradition at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

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Jugglers, high wire artists and death-defying motorcycle riders. This show has it all — 75 minutes of mind-blowing entertainment. Just when you think they can’t stack another person onto another chair without toppling over — wham, they do it — and with grace. The show also features cultural highlights from China, including a romantic pas de deux ballet number and the heart-pounding Chinese “dragon drums”.

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Cirque Shanghai is performing at the canopied open-air Skyline Stage at Chicago’s Navy Pier through September 2, 2013. It’s a fantastic way to spend a summer evening.  The stage is right next to the Pier’s main attraction — the 150 foot DestinationReviewhigh Ferris wheel, modeled after the world’s first ferris wheel built for the Columbian Exposition of 1893. There are countless other ways to spend money at Navy Pier, but just walking along the water and enjoying the views of downtown Chicago is a treat that costs you absolutely nothing.

Cirque Shanghai tickets range from $15-30.

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets for review purposes, but the thoughts here are all my own.