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.

Những cách tốt nhất để tổ chức sinh nhật của bạn ở 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. Đi du thuyền ngắm cảnh trên Hồ 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. Ghé thăm các cơ sở giáo dục cổ điển ở Chicago

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. Ngắm nhìn một khía cạnh khác của Chicago trong một tour đi bộ lịch sử

Nếu bạn yêu thích lịch sử, bạn có thể khám phá quá khứ thú vị của thành phố trong một loạt các tour đi bộ, bao gồm các điểm nổi bật về những điều tuyệt vời nhất của Chicago, đi sâu vào thời gian của speakeasies, đi chơi xã hội đen và buôn lậu trong chuyến tham quan theo chủ đề tội phạm và đám đông, hoặc tìm hiểu về quá khứ ma ám của thành phố với một chuyến tham quan ma quỷ và xã hội đen.


4. Khiêu vũ, ăn tối hoặc uống rượu trên du thuyền trên Hồ Michigan

Cùng với việc tham quan dọc theo bờ biển Chicago, đi du thuyền ăn uống trên Hồ Michigan hoặc Sông Chicago là một trong những cách tốt nhất để tổ chức sinh nhật của bạn.

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

Bạn có thể thưởng thức mimosas không đáy và tiệc buffet lạ mắt trên du thuyền bữa nửa buổi hoặc du thuyền ăn trưa hoặc ăn tối cao cấp, hoặc chiêm ngưỡng kho báu kiến trúc của Chicago với cocktail thủ công và rượu vang trên du thuyền Sights and Sips. Để có một cái gì đó đặc biệt hơn, hãy tham gia một chuyến tham quan buổi tối để ngắm nhìn hàng ghế đầu của pháo hoa, hoặc lên sàn nhảy trên thuyền với một chuyến du ngoạn khiêu vũ sau bóng tối với đồ uống và rất nhiều đồ uống nhỏ.

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


5. Đi chơi ở bãi biển

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.

Tiệc sinh nhật? Giống như các bữa tiệc pizza! Ít thứ hét lên "Chicago" hơn là pizza món ăn sâu, vậy còn cách nào tốt hơn để tận hưởng sinh nhật của bạn ở đây hơn là ăn theo cách của bạn qua các cửa hàng pizza ngon nhất của thành phố? Bạn thậm chí có thể tham gia các chuyến tham quan pizza có hướng dẫn viên để đảm bảo rằng bạn ghé thăm những tiệm bánh pizza ngon nhất ở mỗi khu phố, từ trung tâm thành phố đến Vòng lặp phía Tây.

Còn nơi nào tốt hơn để tổ chức sinh nhật của bạn hơn là tại nơi Chicago được sinh ra? Với hướng dẫn viên địa phương, hãy tham gia tour đi bộ trên sông để đi lang thang dọc theo Sông Chicago và khám phá các khu vực lân cận, chẳng hạn như Sông Bắc, để tìm hiểu tất cả về lịch sử của thành phố và các địa danh nổi tiếng, như Magnificent Mile và Tháp Tribune.


Bãi biển Chicago


Tổ chức sinh nhật của bạn theo cách Chicago

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