Chicago, Illinois

A Day at the Circus with Atlas Obscura

Experience the history of famous circus acts — and you might even get to try them yourself!

Join Atlas Obscura for a Day at the Circus! Taking place at the Trapeze School of New York in Chicago (TSNY), you’ll get a chance to learn about the history of the circus in America alongside the origins of famous acts such as the flying trapeze, aerial silks, tight wire, juggling, and trampoline.

Guests will be able to watch the professionals of TSNY demonstrate each act. After the end of the presentation, it’s time for YOU to be the star! A select number of tickets will be sold with the option for audience members to try out each act under the expert eyes of the instructors.* If you’ve ever wanted to learn the deeper meaning behind circus while you try it out, or if you’re just interested in watching a day at the circus, this event is for you!

*Those who purchase participation tickets cannot get a refund even if it is determined that they are not able to participate due to weight/medical issues/etc/they have to meet TSNY guidelines to participate


  • If you've purchased a ticket to participate at the end of the event, please be sure to wear socks and wear comfortable clothing that's easy to move around in. Yoga pants, leggings, sweatpants, or something that covers the back of the knees plus a t-shirt will be great!
  • When you get to the Armory walk through the green doors in the archway and follow the path/signs to the back of the gym where you'll find bleachers set up. Have a seat anywhere you'd like.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the event start to check in.
  • All ages are welcome; students must be 6+ to participate
  • The event will require a waiver to be signed on site if you are participating.
  • This event is ADA accessible to watch, though participation is not.
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.


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About Field Agent Leyla I. Royale

Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian and jack of all trades. She is the creator of Chicago horror history site Dead In Chicago, which features daily updates on horrible happenings from the city's past. She works as a cellist for local and national Chicago musicians, is an employee and trapeze artist at Trapeze School New York in Chicago, has been a dedicated historic tour guide at The Chicago Theatre, and spends her Octobers working as a haunted tour guide and as an actor for Zombie Army Productions.

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Advance ticket sales only. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.