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Turns out there’s been some big changes under the big top, folks. 

That’s because Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have completely reimagined the modern circus experience with their boldest production ever, Out of This World. Gone are the elephants, replaced by start-of-the-art visual effects, a seamless flow of breathtaking, never-before-seen performances and — for the first time ever — a character-driven storyline.

Even better news? It’s all coming right here to Chicago this November. From November 4-13, Out of This World will have performances at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont before moving to Chicago’s United Center for a November 17-27 run. Tickets start at $20 and are available through Ticketmaster and the Allstate Arena and United Center box offices, by calling (800) 745-3000, or visiting

So what kind of spectacle can you and your family expect? Audiences will be transported into space on an intergalactic journey that involves everything from acrobatic astronauts and ice skaters to lions and tigers, while seven high-resolution projectors create a multitude of immersive, intergalactic worlds. Watch the Simet Wheel performers embark on a gravity-defying spacewalk, marvel at China’s stilt-skating Heilongjiang Provincial Acrobatic Troupe Co. Ltd., and cheer as Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and Starseeker Paulo dos Santo battle evil Queen Tatiana on a mission to rescue the greatest and most talented circus stars.

“With Out Of This World, we are redefining Ringling Bros. and modernizing live family entertainment,” said Alana Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Out Of This World. “The immersive atmosphere created by lighting technology and video projection, combined with a thrilling storyline that will have families cheering for the heroes and booing the villains, will allow fans to connect with the show and our performers like never before.”

But there’s just as much going on behind the scenes at this reimagined circus. Instead of the tried and true big top music (which, let’s face it, is a little played out at this point), Out of This World is set to a rocking live band, while innovative new tech like the the spot-light tracking system uses infrared-equipped costumes to keep all the acrobatic performers in focus.

In fact, there’s tech for you too. The free, all-new Ringling Bros. mobile app helps keep families connected before, during and after the show. It also allows fans to customize and share memories on social media, as well as unlock exclusive content during Starseeker’s Early Access™, a free peek backstage which starts one hour prior to the show.

Ready to discover the reimagined circus? Get your family’s tickets to Out of This World right here.

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