Harry Potter: Magic at Play is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings the Wizarding World to life through hands-on magical moments and active play for witches and wizards of all ages. Explore three floors of fun inspired by Harry’s own adventures in discovering the Wizarding World, packed with playful celebrations of your favorite places and moments. Journey from Privet Drive to Platform 9 ¾, discover and represent your Hogwarts house, make your own magic in Hogwarts classes, find your position on the Quidditch team, and so much more! Dust off your house robes and practice your swish and flick, because this journey will bring out the young witch or wizard in all of us. Get your tickets for Harry Potter​​: Magic at Play in Chicago now!

Date: Now through May 14, 2023

Time: Hours vary around holidays and in-demand times. Please check their purchase page for the most up-to-date hours.


Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entry)
Fridays: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. (last entry)
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (last entry)
Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entry)
*Also open on select Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Tickets: Buy tickets here.

General Admission – Full access to the Experience at your selected date and time block


Adult (ages 10+)
Child (ages 3-9)
Group ticket – Bundle of 6 tickets at 10% off

Premium Ticket – includes full access to the experience plus:

Priority entry to the experience
1 exclusive Harry Potter: Magic at Play tote bag
10% off your retail store purchase during your visit
1 Owl Post 3-postcard set
1 free coat/item check

Flexible Entry Ticket – includes full access to the experience at any time on your selected date


Location: Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Follow in Harry’s footsteps as you adventure from Privet Drive to Platform 9 ¾, get your first glimpse of Hogwarts by boat as a first year would, and enter the castle through its beautiful boathouse. Discover the Hogwarts houses in the Great Hall before you try the Sorting Hat on for yourself. Sharpen your senses in Potions, practice your swish-and-flick in Charms, seek omens in Divination, and look out for escaped pixies in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Train for Quidditch with hands-on games that will train your strength as a Beater, your aim as a Chaser, and your reaction time as a Seeker, then capture your very own broom-flying photo. And Seek out a Patronus in the Forbidden Forest and pay a visit to Hagrid’s hut as you explore the Hogwarts grounds, before getting lost in a surprise space with something magical to discover around every corner.

Disclaimer: While we wrote this article for the retro HP fans out there, Urban Matter and its editorial team believe in LGBTQIA+ rights and are not in agreement with J.K. Rowling’s opinion and stance on transgender. Enjoy the show, have a good time with your family, and support your fellow humans when the time comes! 

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