5 Places to Celebrate Your Birthday in Chicago

It only comes around only once a year.

May 23, 2018 - 2:53 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Your big day arrives only once a year. Why not celebrate with unique Chicago flavor?

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate your day in Chicago. Don’t blow out your candles just anywhere!

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Downtown Chicago's most-exclusive magic show at The Magic Parlour is in its seventh magical year in Chicago's legendary Palmer House Hotel. But this is not your typical magic show, this show offers an intimate atmosphere for an elegant night out, plus laughs. Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery, mind-blowing magic and mind reading. It truly is one-of-a-kind. Guests are asked to dress in cocktail attire and tickets include wine, beer and soft drink selections. And if you prefer an even more intimate setting, you can reserve a private show.

17 E Monroe St.; 773-769-3832; themagicparlourchicago.com

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The party always starts and ends in the kitchen. With two locations to choose from, The Chopping Block offers private cooking parties, an fun alternative to making dinner reservations! Come together with your favorite people over food and wine, as you learn cooking skills, make a meal and create memories "that will linger long after the last bite of dessert is gone." The Chopping Block allows guests to customize a menu to fit your group’s needs and tastes. You choose your level of culinary participation; and if you don't want to have to do the work? The Chopping Block can also cater your meal or cocktail party in their event space.

The Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107; 312-644-6360; thechoppingblock.com/parties

Lincoln Square, 4747 N Lincoln; 773.472.6700; thechoppingblock.com/parties

Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park


Up for some friendly competition? Battle your friends in the best arcade games from the last 30+ years. Now with three locations in Chicago, Emporium Arcade Bar offers - you guessed it - an arcade and a bar! Take yourself back a few decades for your birthday, grab some tokens, and disappear into playing Galaga, DigDug, and PacMac; or get emersed into your youth while playing a round, or several, of pinball. The space can handle groups from 5 to 500, and you can rent the whole place or just reserve a table. 

Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave; 773-697-7922; emporiumchicago.com/groups/

Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave; 773-360-8774; emporiumchicago.com/groups/

Fulton Market, 839 W Fulton Market; 312-733-2222; emporiumchicago.com/groups/

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Don't lose your cover, detective. SafeHouse Chicago, a bar specialized for spies and secret agents. And believe us, it is a top secret place! From the minute you locate the disguised entrance and pass the clearance test, (hint, you'll need to know the password or prove to Ms. Moneypenny you are not a double agent) to the sleek Gadget Bar, every aspect of this bar has been designed for true spies. And for reserved birthday parties, SafeHoue Chicago will smuggle in your friends, create the diversion, and hide all the evidence. All you have to do is drink, eat, and have the best night of your life. The birthday spy will receive a special interrogation at some point in the night.

60 E. Ontario; 312-313-1007; safehousechicago.com

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Hang out in the same place the gangsters did back in the day. The Green Mill Jazz Club is the oldest jazz club in the U.S. It opened in 1907 and sill retains the aura of the Prohibition-era speakeasies. Al Capone's favorite booth is still in the establishment located directly west of the short end of the bar. It is rumored that there is still an access hatch to the tunnels located directly behind the long end of the bar that leads underneath the street to an adjacent building; this is how Capone was able to elude the authorities when he visited the Green Mill. Unfortunately, there is currently no tours of the tunnel. This cocktail lounge features live music every night of the week with performances from big-name artists to local musicians. The cover charge changes depending on the night and performance. They do not take reservations and seating is first-come, first-serve. And remember, if you want to jazz up your birthday at The Green Mill, it is cash only. 

4802 N. Braodway Ave; 773-878-5552; greenmilljazz.com