The Magic City

The Magic City

January 31 - February 26
Ideal for ages 6 and up

World Premiere
By Manual Cinema
Co-Commissioned and Presented by Chicago Children's Theatre
Adapted from "The Magic City," by Edith Nesbit
Duration: 71 minutes


About this Show
Loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel, Manual Cinema’s The Magic City tells the story of nine-year-old Philomena, who must learn to build a new life with some unexpected characters.

Using overhead projectors, live music, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, and miniature toy theater, Manual Cinema’s adaptation of The Magic City updates the novel for a modern retelling, creating a miniature city on stage that the audience will be able to explore themselves after every performance.

Told with wit, insight, and imagination, The Magic City was one of the first “modern” fantasy novels, and this adaptation will update the novel for a contemporary retelling. This innovative theatrical experience will be the inaugural production in our new home, The Station at 100 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.

Get Your Tickets HERE, or Bring the Whole Family with a Family 4-Pack

Access Weekend
Access Weekend for The Magic City will be Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19. Performance times are Saturday at 2PM and 6PM, and Sunday at 11AM and 2PM.

Open Captioning will be provided for all performances on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19.

Touch Tours will be offered before the 2PM show on February 18 and the 11AM show on February 19. Registration for the touch-tour is free but the purchase of the show ticket is required. Click here to register.

Audio Described performances will follow the touch tours on February 18 at 2pm and February 19 at 11am.

At 11am on Sunday, February 19, we will also offer a sensory friendly performance. A quiet room will be available.

For more information about access and inclusion at CCT, contact Access & Inclusion Manager Alex Mauney –

Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Station
100 S. Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607
Box Office: 872-222-9555
Box Office Phone Hours:
9 AM – 1 PM on Tuesday-Friday

The Station is a short walk from the Racine blue line station. Parking is currently available in the following locations:
-Limited parking in the lot on the south side of The Station
-Impark parking lot, located at 1301 West Madison Street
-On-street parking, metered at $2/hour, 3 hour maximum

Plan Your Visit


The Ruth Page Center for Arts is located in Chicago’s Near North Side just steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping, dining and cultural mecca. The historic 1927 building in which the Center resides sits on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a historic district roughly bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street.

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610


The Ruth Page Center validates discounted parking for the LAZ structure at 1250 N. Dearborn Street ($10 for 4 hours) and the Newberry Plaza structure at 1030 N. State Street ($12 for 6 hours). There is also paid street parking throughout the Gold Coast neighborhood within walking distance of The Ruth Page Center. Chicago Children's Theatre patrons are not allowed to park in the lot adjacent to the Ruth Page Center (on the north side of the building).


The Gold Coast is one of the most famous districts in Chicago for dining, with a very high concentration of restaurants and bars. Many of them are located on famed Rush Street. A densely packed area known for its energy and its lights, Rush is awake long after the Loop has gone to sleep. Even in cold weather, throngs of people can be found mingling outside each of the restaurants and bars in this area. It is, to many, the place to be. Many establishments, aware of the draw of Rush Street, use the moniker when naming their business. There is the Rush Street Restaurant, Phil Stefani's 437 Rush and Tavern on Rush, to name a few. Restaurants that are unique to Chicago include Tavern on Rush, Carmine's, Gibson's, Bistrot Zinc, Morton's Steakhouse and PJ Clarke's. Well-known chains also abound here. There are Dave and Buster's, Johnny Rockets, Big Bowl and the world-famous Cheesecake Factory. For faster food, visitors can try Corner Bakery or Gold Coast Dogs. After hours, check out Hugo's Frog Bar, The Back Room and Luxbar.