2024 Local Party Planning Guide: Food, Venues, and Entertainment

Your One-Stop Shop for All Your Party Needs

By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni KID Chicago Northside February 13, 2024

Whether you are planning a party for an infant or toddler, a Quinceanera or a Sweet Sixteen, we've got your resources right here for




At Elevated Entertainment, our Disc Jockeys, Dancers, and Entertainers have a passion for music, and unparalleled skill for guest engagement and interaction.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Elevated Entertainment


A Hardy Party does it all - your ONE-STOP PARTY SHOP! Have a celebration? We offer the best balloon decor, yard surprises, arm/face painting, balloon twisting, canvas paint parties, character visits, custom crafts - anything artistic! Book today - 773-569-1208. 

Learn more or Book Your Party today at A Hardy Party

Smarty Pants

Smarty Pants is Chicago's top rated kids entertainer for birthday parties! His amazing balloon art will make your party a huge hit! 

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Smarty Pants


Soft Play Oasis

We are the premier vendor for Soft Play Chicago Rentals. We deliver kid-safe soft play spaces to your home, business or venue including set up, tear down, cleaning and sanitizing.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Soft Play Oasis



Eden is a contemporary restaurant focused on new American, simple, clean cuisine. Featuring lunch, brunch, and dinner items crafted with seasonal, high-quality ingredients.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Eden

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Offering a wide selection of cake, decorations, and retail items, Nothing Bundt Cakes is the perfect one-stop celebration shop!

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Nothing Bundt Cakes

Tatas Tacos

Looking for a fun space to host or cater your upcoming party? Look no more! We have a catering menu: from half pans and full pans of various Latin inspired dishes to individual lunches to our famous Taco Bar.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Tatas Tacos


Chicago City Soccer Club

Youth Soccer of all levels for boys and girls throughout the City of Chicago. Ages 18 months - 19 years.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Chicago City Soccer Club


CircEsteem is not your typical event space! We aim to work together with parents to cultivate a unique birthday party that will be an unforgettable experience for your child and guests!

Learn more or Book Your Party today at CircEsteem

ClimbZone Chicago

A ClimbZone birthday party is a one-of-a-kind experience that your child will never forget!

Learn more or Book Your Party today at ClimbZone Chicago

Kids' Work Chicago Riverview - Parties at Kids' Work

Parties at Kids' Work offers your family an excellent option to host your child's upcoming event; with a beautiful setting, different party packages, and many ways to celebrate, we would love to help make your event wonderful!

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Kids' Work Chicago Riverview

Lock Chicago Escape Rooms

At Lock Chicago we offer fun and unique escape room experiences perfect for birthday parties, family outings, team building events, and more!

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Lock Chicago Escape Rooms

Merry Music Makers

Celebrate your little one's birthday or other special occasions at our bright, spacious Lakeview Studio with your favorite teacher. Your host will have a musical activity or craft for the kids when the party starts, which is followed by a 30-minute customized sing-along led by one of our beloved teachers.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Merry Music Makers

The Music Playhouse of Chicago

Invite The Music Playhouse to your home or venue of choice! Perfect for children turning 1-5. Includes: *45 minutes of interactive musical fun* *Singing, dancing, and instrument play* *Customized playlist*

Learn more or Book Your Party today at The Music Playhouse of Chicago

The Raven Room

 A VR gaming lounge and event space hosting birthday parties, graduation celebrations, field trips, family friendly pop-up events and fundraisers. Our party packages come in a wide variety of sizes, options and add-ons to suit your needs, and we'd love to host your next event and bring you fun, new realities through VR! Open all days of the week.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at The Raven Room

Schoolhouse Kitchen + Studio

 Schoolhouse Kitchen + Studio is your local neighborhood cooking school for kids and their families. We offer a variety of classes, party options and day off camps for kids. 

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Schoolhouse Kitchen + Studio


WhoaZone at Whihala Beach, located on beautiful Lake Michigan, offers completely customizable Birthday Party options starting at just $170. Everyone ages 7+ can jump, slide, bounce, and splash across the thrilling WhoaZone floating obstacle course.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at WhoaZone


Bee Happy Club Playground and Party Place

Our play area was created with love for kids from 1 to 7 y.o. and we tried to collect all favorite kids activities in one room! Most of our play equipment is custom made and some of it is handmade. We also offer party entertainment and decoration services.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Bee Happy Club Playground and Party Place

Depot at Norwood Park

 The Depot is one of Chicago's oldest train station structures. This little slice of Chicago and railroad history has been thoughtfully molded into a modern event venue while maintaining its historical feel.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Depot at Norwood Park

Itsy Bitsy Play and Cafe

 From baby showers to birthday parties, from story time to music time, Itsy Bitsy will host a robust calendar of events for the community as well as open our space for you to host your own soiree.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Itsy Bitsy Play and Cafe

Le Village Cowork

We love to party!  Le Village Cowork offers a turnkey solution for your next private party, birthday extravaganza, baby shower, or family-friendly event.  Private rentals get access to our indoor and outdoor space - including kitchen, flexible floorplan, and play yard.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Le Village Cowork

Ravenswood Loft

Ravenswood Loft offers hourly rates for a great, flexible and inspiring space, perfect for DIY events as well as turn-key opportunities. From daytime off-site office and team meeting to birthday parties, showers and intimate weddings, Ravenswood Loft is your neighborhood spot. 

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Ravenswood Loft

Whim at Stage 773

With three unique spaces crafted by Chicago artists, Whim Chicago offers an environment that sparks inspiration and creates unforgettable moments. Whether it’s an intimate gathering, a birthday party, or a grand celebration, our versatile spaces can be tailored to suit your event.

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Whim at Stage 773


Vibe Tribe Socials

VTS can make your idea a reality!  Why have a lack-luster party when you can up your game and work with us to make it fabulous!  It is our jam when we can plan your event from beginning to end.  Themed Events with Vendors, a Personal Chef, Bartenders, Bounce Houses, TeePee Tent Sleepovers, etc… you dream, we will achieve.  The possibilities are endless so, let’s plan be EXTRA, together!

Learn more or Book Your Party today at Vibe Tribe Socials