Cirque Du Soleil Arrives in Chicago

The first visible sign of the return of Cirque du Soleil and its live production OVO in Chicago is the raising of its trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau and the Cirque du Soleil village.  This event took place this afternoon at United Center (Lot K)  where a team of 60-plus men and women hoisted more than 100 steel poles from the ground up.

A few technical fun  facts about the Grand Chapiteau and the Cirque du Soleil Village:

The Grand Chapiteau stands 66 feet high and is 167 feet in diameter.

550 pegs are required to hold the Grand Chapiteau firmly to the 4,800 square feet of asphalt and the 4 masts stand at 80 feet tall each.

The Grand Chapiteau can accommodate more than 2,600 people.

The entire site set-up includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, box office, administrative offices and kitchen.

The Grand Chapiteau, the Tapis Rouge and Artistic tents are all climate controlled with air conditioning in warm seasons or heating for colder seasons. 

 OVO travels via 61 trailers carrying more than 1,000 tons of equipment for the tour.

Additional performances added!

Final three weeks of performances has been announced and are on sale for Cirque Club Members. OVO will now be in town from June 29 through August 21 inclusively. Tickets for all shows are now available as of through or by phone at 1-800-450-1480.

Becoming a Cirque Club Member is simple and free! Registration is quick and simple at Advantages for Cirque Club members include advanced access to the best seats under the Grand Chapiteau, tickets upgrades, partner promotions and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil.

Family 4 Packs are available for the following performances: Tuesday through Thursday, Friday 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 and 5 p.m. These include 2 adult and 2 child tickets starting at $150 plus applicable charges. Visit  the website above for more info.

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