Planning on spending your special day in the Windy City? If you’re looking for birthday ideas, Chicago has plenty of unique local ways to celebrate, from sailing on Lake Michigan to eating your way through Chicago’s best deep-dish-pizza joints. With over 234 square miles of land and more than 2.7 million residents, the options are endless. To mark the occasion, you want to do something special and unique. Chicago is the place to take your special day to the next level. 

You know it’s a fun city when Twinkies and Brownies got their start there. So, prepare to make your wish for the birthday of your dreams in the birthplace of Modern Architecture.

De beste manieren om je verjaardag te vieren in Chicago

As a vibrant city full of incredible attractions, epic views, and great restaurants, Chicago is the ultimate birthday-party package. As City Experiences offers everything from walking tours to river and lake cruises, you can easily fit multiple activities into a single day, guaranteeing the best birthday party ever. And with so many options, there is no shortage of exciting adventures and unique ways to welcome another turn around the sun. Here are some fun things to do on your birthday in Chicago.


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1. Ga voor een sightseeing cruise op Lake Michigan

Thanks to Chicago’s prime location on Lake Michigan’s southern shore, it’s easy to hop on a boat and spend your special day cruising along the Chicago waterfront with City Cruises Chicago.
Thrill-seekers can zoom along the shoreline aboard the Seadog speedboat, zipping past famous icons of the Chicago skyline for a ride that’s equally fun and informative. If you want to get up close to the city’s famous landmarks, you can opt for an architectural boat tour through the Chicago River.

Cruising along the waterfront will provide you with a whole new perspective. Grab your crew to create lifelong memories that you will talk about for years to come.


2. Bezoek klassieke Chicago instellingen

If you’re visiting Chicago on your birthday, you should do things exclusive to Chicago. Explore the lush gardens of Lincoln Park, view world-class art and historical treasures at famed museums, like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum of Natural History, take fun photos at Cloud Gate (the Bean) in Millennium Park, see the sights on Navy Pier, head to a rooftop bar for a drink, and much more.

The nightlife scene in Chicago is also legendary: Once the sun goes down, you can belt out your favorite songs at a karaoke bar such as Murasaki Sake Lounge where you can enjoy a traditional Japanese Karaoke experience in a private room just for you and your friends. Laugh until you cry at a comedy club, like Second City in Old Town or The Comedy Bar in River North. Considering how many comedians have emerged from this great city, you may find the next breakout star! Get a taste of childhood nostalgia at an arcade bar, like Emporium Arcade Bar where you can drink and play arcade games simultaneously for a little old-school fun.


3. Zie een andere kant van Chicago op een historische wandeling

Als u van geschiedenis houdt, kunt u het spannende verleden van de stad verkennen tijdens een reeks wandeltochten, waaronder hoogtepunten van het beste van Chicago, een diepe duik nemen in de tijd van speakeasies, gangster-hang-outs en bootlegging tijdens de crime and mob-thema tour, of meer te weten komen over het spookachtige verleden van de stad met een ghosts and gangsters tour.


4. Dansen, dineren of drinken op een Lake Michigan cruise

Samen met sightseeing langs de kust van Chicago is een dinercruise op Lake Michigan of de Chicago River een van de beste manieren om je verjaardag te vieren.

Where else can you find two beautiful waterfront options for picturesque dining?

U kunt genieten van bodemloze mimosa's en een fancy buffet op een brunch cruise of een chique lunch of diner cruise, of bewonder Chicago's architectonische schatten met ambachtelijke cocktails en wijn op de Sights and Sips cruise. Voor iets extra-speciaals, neem een avondtour voor een front-row view van het vuurwerk, of de dansvloer op een boot met een after-dark dance cruise met drankjes en kleine hapjes in overvloed.

Whichever cruise you decide upon, you cannot go wrong for an amazing spot to blow out your candles.


5. Rondhangen op het strand

If your birthday falls during the summer there’s nothing more classically Chicago than spending the day on a lakefront beach. North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach are two of the most popular, easily accessible from the city center and offering broad, sandy beaches, beautiful views, and casual dining and drinking.

Chicago’s multicultural population has made it one of the most diverse, eclectic dining cities in America, and food lovers will have a field day sampling the best of Chicago cuisine on a food tour. The West Loop is one of Chicago’s best foodie districts, where you can go from a James Beard award-winner to a beloved family-owned institution in just a few blocks.

Verjaardagsfeestjes? Meer zoals pizza feestjes! Weinig dingen schreeuwen meer "Chicago" dan deep-dish pizza, dus wat is een betere manier om van je verjaardag hier te genieten dan door je een weg te eten langs de beste pizzeria's van de stad? Je kunt zelfs pizzatours met gids nemen om er zeker van te zijn dat je de beste pizzeria's in elke buurt bezoekt, van het centrum tot de West Loop.

Waar kun je beter je verjaardag vieren dan op de plek waar Chicago is geboren? Ga met een plaatselijke gids op een rivierwandeling langs de Chicago River en verken aangrenzende wijken, zoals River North, om alles te weten te komen over de geschiedenis van de stad en beroemde bezienswaardigheden, zoals de Magnificent Mile en de Tribune Tower.


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Vier je verjaardag op de Chicago manier

Chicago has plenty of unique, one-of-a-kind things to do and see to make your special day stand out. Many are easily bookable and accessible with our City Experiences Chicago tours, so you can spend less time planning and more time celebrating. And if you are looking to go all out for your special day, what better way than to rent out a yacht for a private celebration? City Cruises Chicago has an entire team dedicated private events ready to make your special birthday event one for the record books, with customizable packages to fit your budget and party size. Enjoy an entire deck, or an entire vessel to yourselves, while we take care of all the little details. Even if you’re looking for an event venue for other celebrations such as wedding related events, baby showers, reunions, or even corporate events, City Cruises Chicago and their amazing fleet yachts and boats are sure to make whatever event you looking to host, one for the record books!

So sit back, relax, and let the fun begin! Ready to celebrate? Fill out this form and an event planner will contact you.

FAQs – Chicago Birthday Things to Do

How do you celebrate a birthday in a unique way in Chicago?

Chicago makes it easy to celebrate your birthday. You can take a sightseeing cruise, a dining cruise, a walking tour, belt out karaoke tunes, and enjoy many fabulous restaurants with a seemingly endless list of places to enjoy your special day.

How can I celebrate my birthday without having a party?

You have so many choices when celebrating a birthday in Chicago. You can let the experts handle all the details for you by sitting back, relaxing, and leave the details to someone else aboard a dining cruise or an architectural tour with a unique and unforgettable experience on the water.

What time do restaurants and bars close in Chicago?

In Chicago, bars close at 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am on Saturday. Some bars have a late-night license which allows them to close two hours later at 4 am, except for Saturdays which close at 5 am. Check with individual restaurant locations for closing times.

What is the proper dress code for bars and restaurants in Chicago?

Typically you should dress smart casual which means dressy pants or a skirt or dress for women, and men can wear pants or khakis with a nice shirt (skip the hoodies or jeans with holes).

Why is City Cruises an ideal venue for celebrating birthdays in Chicago?
City Cruises provides a one-of-a-kind birthday experience with unparalleled views of Chicago’s skyline. Celebrating on the water offers a unique twist to typical birthday venues, allowing guests to soak in the city’s beauty from either Lake Michigan or the Chicago River.

How flexible are the rental options with City Cruises for birthday celebrations?
At City Cruises, we cater to parties of all sizes! Whether you’re interested in renting an entire boat for a grand celebration, reserving a private deck for a more intimate gathering, or simply booking a private table for a cozy celebration, we’ve got options to fit your needs.

Can I customize my birthday experience with City Cruises?
We understand that every birthday is unique, so we offer a range of customizable packages. From themed decorations to curated menus, our team is here to ensure your birthday celebration is as special as you’ve imagined it to be.

What kind of views can I expect during my birthday celebration with City Cruises?
Whether you choose the Chicago River or Lake Michigan route, you’re in for a treat. Expect mesmerizing views of iconic Chicago landmarks, skyscrapers, and the city’s shimmering reflections on the water, making for a picturesque backdrop to your festivities.

Is there a specific cruise that City Cruises recommends for birthday celebrations?
Both our Lake Michigan and Chicago River cruises offer fantastic experiences. The choice really depends on your personal preference. Lake Michigan offers vast, open views with a horizon filled with Chicago’s skyline, while the Chicago River winds through the heart of the city, offering close-up views of the architectural marvels.

Are there catering and drink packages available for birthday celebrations?
Yes, we offer a range of delectable dining and drink packages to suit different preferences. From gourmet meals to delightful cocktails, our onboard culinary team ensures every guest has a tantalizing experience.

Why is Chicago an ideal city to celebrate a birthday?
Chicago is a city bursting with energy, diverse culture, and iconic landmarks. Its vibrant mix of arts, music, culinary delights, and numerous attractions make it a prime location for unique birthday celebrations. Plus, the city’s location along the shores of Lake Michigan adds a waterfront charm that’s hard to find elsewhere.

What sights can birthday celebrants enjoy in Chicago?
Chicago offers an array of stunning sights and attractions. The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park (with the famous Cloud Gate or “The Bean”), Navy Pier, and Willis Tower Skydeck are just a few must-visit spots. For those celebrating with City Cruises, the skyline views from the water are truly unparalleled, offering a perspective of the city that’s both breathtaking and unique.

How does Chicago’s culinary scene enhance a birthday celebration?
Chicago is renowned for its diverse and rich culinary scene. From world-famous deep-dish pizzas to gourmet dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s something to satisfy every palate. This makes the city a food lover’s dream, ensuring birthday celebrations are paired with unforgettable meals.

How does the changing seasons in Chicago offer different birthday experiences?
Each season in Chicago brings its unique charm. Spring offers blooming flowers in the city’s many parks, summer promises fun-filled beach days at Lake Michigan, fall showcases the city’s architecture against a backdrop of autumnal hues, and winter transforms Chicago into a festive wonderland with ice skating, holiday markets, and snowy cityscape views. No matter when you celebrate, Chicago ensures it’s special.

Original post date: November 9, 2022