There are many places for adults to host birthday parties in Chicago, whether your preference is drinks at a trendy bar, a night at the ballpark or a cruise on lakefront. Options abound in this sprawling city on Lake Michigan. Many of the venues offer discounts for large groups and will cater the event.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Family Center
United Skates' Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Family Center is a roller skating arena, arcade and bowling alley located on the south side of Chicago. Entertainment centers can be popular with adults as well as children, because they give adults the chance to revisit their childhood by playing vintage arcade games and roller skating. Bowling is also a popular pastime for adults and is an appropriate activity if your group is involved in a bowling league or bowls regularly. Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Family Center gives group discounts for parties of at least 10 people. You can purchase party packages that include admission and skate rental, unlimited soda, pizza, arcade tokens for each guest. The website regularly offers discount coupons on party packages.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Family Center 1219 W. 76th St Chicago, IL 60620 312-747-2602 USA-skating.com
Union Park Lounge
Union Park Lounge is a Chicago bar that offers a space for private parties. Drink packages includes two hours of open bar service at $25 to $35 per person, as of 2010. Another option at Union Park Lounge is a party food menu, which can supplement the drink package. Food platters include a salad tray or appetizer trays at $25 to $40 per platter. The lounge also offers music from a jukebox or a disc jockey. Union Park Lounge is an upscale bar with black and white marble floors and white tile columns. The elegance of the bar lends itself to a sophisticated adult birthday party. The lounge has 26 52-inch plasma televisions that make it a popular choice for sports enthusiasts. The lounge also offers free Wi-Fi, parking and a pool table.
Union Park Lounge 228 South Racine Ave. Chicago, IL 60607 312-243-9002 unionparkchicago.com
Party at the Ballpark
Baseball fans can find group package discounts at the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field for groups of 15 people or more. The party package options include renting suites for 15 to 55 people. Suites include comfortable seating, plasma TVs, private bathrooms, an open bar and catering. As of 2010, suites can range anywhere from $2,600 to $12,000. Less-expensive party package options include renting the party area in the Bud Light bleachers. This options can accommodate 75 people and include food and early entry. The stadium also offers historic tours of the field and Cubs memorabilia.
Wrigley Field 1060 W. Addison St. Chicago, IL 60613 773-404-2827 chicago.cubs.mlb.com
White Sox fans can also purchase discounted group tickets for groups as large as 500 people. Party packages include a pre-game party on the patio for 20 to 1,300 guests. This package includes an unlimited buffet. You can also host a tailgate birthday party in the parking lot before the game begins. This package can include food and drinks.
Cellular Field 333 W. 35th St. Chicago, IL 60616-3651 312-674-1000 chicago.whitesox.mlb.com
Many cruise companies offer cruises around Lake Michigan from Navy Pier. These cruises offer discounted prices for groups. Most cruises offer an open bar, buffet-style dinners and entertainment. Some cruises, such as Odyssey, offer award-winning elegant dining and boast views of Chicago's night skyline. Odyssey also offers live music and dancing. On special evenings, cruises provide excellent over-the-water views of the evening fireworks from Navy Pier. The route is dependent on the weather but Odyssey will cruise as far north as Evanston. Food options include duck en croute, mojito salmon and beef short ribs.
Odyssey 600 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 866-305-2469 odysseycruises.com
Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.