Who hasn’t marveled at the beauty of Cirque du Soleil? The way those acrobats and performers move and contort makes you scratch your head while simultaneously blowing your mind. Now imagine if it was all done on the backs of 65 gorgeous horses. That’s the easiest way to define Cavalia, one of the most wonderful shows to descend on the Windy City in a long time.
Cavalia Odysseo, the first show of its kind in the Midwest, opens on April 1 and runs through April 23 (although with the buzz around it, we’d be surprised if it didn’t get extended) for both matinee and evening shows. The horses and performers arrived in town in early March to begin training and rehearsals. The show itself will take place beneath a massive 17,000-square-foot tent on the south grounds of Soldier Field. It incorporates riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and, of course, the horses coming together during a multi-sensory experience that includes a full-size merry go round and a 40,000-gallon lake that appears almost like magic.
Tickets for adults cost $134.50 (weekday) and $144.50 (weekend), while kids between 13 and 17 cost $94.50 (weekday) and $129.50 (weekend) and kids between 2 and 12 cost $79.50 (weekday) and $114.50 (weekend).