Chicago Birthday Venues

by Julie

Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family, especially the milestone birthdays, (1, 13, 16, 18, 21, 30, 40…) so obviously, our 1st child’s, 1st birthday has to be celebrated (even though he won’t remember it).

Being new to the whole kid’s birthday scene in Chicago, I really had no idea what to expect when I started researching 1st birthday venues. Here is overview of the major venues, in order, from least expensive to most expensive based on the  private party rental price:

Kid City

kid city

Kid City (offers many packages, but only these are age approrpriate)

Semi-private party – $250, weekdays 4-6, private parent room, play space open to the public

Mayor’s special – $310, weekends, 2 hrs of private party room and play space

City Hall – $390, weekends, 2 hrs of private party room and play space, paper products, utensils, clean-up/set-up

Pajama Party – $490, weekends, 2.5 hrs of private party room and play space, paper products, utensils, clean-up/set-up

Choo Choo Train Play – $510, weekends, 2.5 hrs of private party room and play space, paper products, utensils, clean-up/set-up, birthday banner, themed tablecloth, train decorations, gift bag, train themed movie

Purple Monkey

purple monkey playroom

Purple Monkey (doesn’t offer semi-private parties)

Basic Monkey Package – $385, 2-hour private rental, 1 staff assistant, invitations, set-up/clean-up

Monkey Package Plus – $595,  2-hour private rental, 1 staff assistant, invitations, set-up/clean-up, food, drink, light decorations

Monkey Package Supreme – $825, 2-hour private rental, 1 staff assistant, invitations, set-up/clean-up, food, drink, cake, light decorations, goody bags, bubble machine

The Grand Monkey – $985, 2-hour private rental, 1 staff assistant, invitations, set-up/clean-up, food, drink, cake, custom theme and decorations, goody bags, bubble machine, glitter tattoos, and a return play pass for each guest

Kid’s Island

kid's island party

Kid’s Island – (doesn’t offer a semi-private parties)

Private Birthday Party Option A – $390, 2 hr. private rental of entire space, set-up/clean-up, decorations

Private Birthday Party Option B – $590, 2 hr. private rental of entire space, set-up/clean-up, decorations, personalized slide show, one excursion (craft, manicure, treasure hunt)

Private Birthday Party Option C – $900, 2 hr. private rental of entire space, set-up/clean-up, decorations, personalized slide show, one excursion (craft, manicure, treasure hunt), pizza, coffee, tea, juice, and ice cream

Explore and Much More

explore and much more

Explore and Much More:

Semi-private Party – $275, weekdays, private party room for food/drink, play-space is shared with the public

Package #1 – $450, Saturday or Sunday, closed to the public, set-up/clean-up

Package #2 – $550, Saturday or Sunday, closed to the public, set-up/clean-up, drinks, pizza, and cake

Package #3- $750, Saturday or Sunday, closed to the public, set-up/clean-up, drinks, pizza, cake, goodie bag, themed paper products

Kookaburra Play Cafe

Kookaburra cafe

Kookaburra Play Cafe

Semi-private party basic room rental – $280, Monday-Saturday, private party room, shared play-space

Private party basic rental – $450, Saturday or Sunday, private party room, play-space closed to the public, valet parking,

Bubbles Academy

bubbles academy birthday party

Bubbles Academy

Open Play Birthday Party, $550-$650 depending on the party space, Saturday or Sunday, includes two-room rental, and two hours of open play

Themed Birthday Party, $750-850 depending on the party space, Saturday or Sunday, includes themed-based activites led by a teacher, two-room rental,  two hour venue rental, decorations, party leaders and assistants, free parking, set-up/clean-up

Little Beans Cafe

little beans cafe chicago

Little Beans Cafe

Semi-Private Party – $150 + $12 per kid, weekdays or weekends, private use of lounge and classroom, shared play time in playspace

Private Party Option 1 – $550, 2 hrs of private room rental, 1.5 hrs of play in playspace, food, cake, one staff for clean-up/set-up

Private Party Option 2 – $775, 2 hr rental of entire facility, 1.5 hrs in playspace, food, cake, two staff members, drinks, paper products, goodie bag

Private Party Option 3 – $1,175, 2.5 hrs rental of entire facility, 2 hrs in playspace, food, cupcakes, balloons, two staff members, drinks, coffee, paper products, goodie bag, extra 30 minutes of play

After going over all of the possible Chicago birthday party venue options, Billy and I both settled on our new home as the best option because…it’s free(!) besides food, drink, and decorations. My next task is to figure out how to make an at-home 1st birthday party great!

What Chicago Birthday venues do you like? Do you have any tips for an at-home 1st birthday party?