Birthday Parties

Give your child a party to remember with Emerald City Theatre! We will provide a creative and fun experience for all guests as we use our imaginations to create fantastical characters, sing and dance to popular songs, and write our own story together. 

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Emerald City Theatre Birthdays!

Locations

Emerald City’s Little Theatre
2933 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

The Nation’s First Theater Space Dedicated to the Very Young!
Can accommodate up to 22 children.
Please note: Drop-offs are encouraged at this party location.

CSz Theatre Chicago
929 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Cozy, Intimate, Customizable Theater and Lobby
Can accommodate up to 30 children.

*Please note that per policy, payment must be received within two weeks of booking (or two weeks before the date of the party) to secure all party holds and times. Once payment is received, you will be sent a confirmation email. 

Themes

Party Themes

Parties for ages 4-13

icon_birthdays_ages4-13Available Themes:
Pirates & Mermaids, Superheroes, The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka, and Frozen
Theme descriptions here >>

*Please note that per policy, payment must be received within two weeks of booking (or two weeks before the date of the party) to secure all party holds and times. Once payment is received you will be sent a confirmation email.

We are also happy to work with you to create your very own, custom, birthday party theme for an additional fee.

Testimonials

What Parents Are Saying About Emerald City Birthday Parties

“It was the most creative party they’ve ever been to. The kids really love expressing themselves, and this is the perfect outlet for it!”

“My daughter was beyond happy after the party and all the parents were equally thrilled.”

“All of the kids had a fantastic time. They were talking about it for days.”


“The kids had an educational as well as FUN experience for a birthday party.”

“My son wants to have his birthday party at Emerald City Theatre School every year.”

“The lead teacher was so great with the kids. The space was adorable. What a unique concept.”


“My child loves dramatic play…so Emerald City was the only phone call I made!”

“Great staff that was very engaging and helpful. Adorable location and great games to get them warmed up!”

“My daughter said it was the best party ever!!!”

FAQ

A Birthday Party with ECT includes the following:

  • 1 hour themed party (with the option to add an additional half hour)
  • Lead teaching artist and assistant teaching artist
  • Theater activities for up to 30 children
  • Themed craft for each child to take home
  • Special Emerald City Theater gift to the birthday child
  • Cutlery, tablecloths, silverware, cups and napkins 
  • Mini-performance for parents at the end of the party

Sample Party Schedule:

  • 0 – 15 min: Parents drop-off guests, meet and greet, greeting activity
  • 15 – 45 min: Theater workshop
  • 45 – 75 min: Food, cake, and singing happy birthday
  • 75 – 90 min: Mini-performance for Birthday family and returning parents

Where will the party take place?

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Emerald City’s Little Theatre: 2933 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

CSz Theatre Chicago: 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Is there parking?

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Free street parking is available at the Little Theatre and in the lot diagonal from the building at the southwest corner of Southport and Oakdale Avenues. Free street parking is also available at CSz Theatre Chicago.

How many guests can attend?

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A guest is a child who will participate in the workshop. This number does include the birthday child and any siblings. Siblings significantly younger than the birthday child will need a grown-up to stay with them for their safety as our birthday parties are very active!

The maximum number of children the Little Theatre can accommodate is 22 and CSz Theatre Chicago can accommodate 30 children.  These numbers include the birthday child and any siblings.

Can adults attend the party? 

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In our Little Theatre, we encourage parents to drop guests off to maintain a high quality theater experience. Adults are welcome to come back for the last 15 minutes of the party to watch the children’s final performance of their workshop. Adult relatives of the birthday child are welcome to stay for the party. Adults are allowed to stay in the lobby at CSz Theatre Chicago while the children work & play.

Are invitations provided?

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Custom birthday invitations may be available. Please inquire at the time of booking.

What is the policy if guests do not show?

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No refunds are available if guests do not come to the party.  Our prices are fixed and not based on a per-guest cost.

Are food and drink allowed or provided? 

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No food or drink is provided.  You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own food and drink. We plan for up to 30 minutes for this portion of the party, so please plan accordingly when choosing the amount and type of food you will serve. Refrigeration and storage space is available to use at the Little Theatre and CSz. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the Little Theatre.

Are paper/plastic ware provided? 

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We provide cutlery, plates, napkins, cups, serving utensils, and tablecloths.  You are also welcome to bring your own customized supplies and paperware. 

Are goody bags provided?

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We do not provide goody bags. You are welcome to bring your own.

Should I tip the teaching artists? 

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Tips are not required, but always appreciated.

Are decorations provided? 

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We do not provide decorations but they are allowed with approval during the booking process. The birthday family is invited to arrive 15 minutes prior to the party to set up any decorations they wish. Glitter is not allowed at any of our party locations.

Can a party theme not listed on the ECT website be used? 

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You are welcome to create your own party theme. There is an additional charge of $75 for creating your own theme.

How long are ECT parties? 

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A standard party with us is 1.5 hours long. You are welcome to extend the party to an additional 30 minutes. There is an additional charge of $65 (CSz Theatre Chicago) or $75 (Little Theatre) to extend the duration to a 2-hour party. 

When is payment due? 

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Full payment is due two weeks after booking.

What are the Emerald City Theatre teaching artists responsible for during the party? 

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Emerald City Theatre party teaching artists are trained theater professionals who will lead a fun, creative, and engaging theme-based workshop for the birthday child and their guests. The teaching artists will set up the space before the party and clean up after the party. Teaching artists will also work with the birthday family to serve food and beverages and facilitate the singing of “Happy Birthday.” 

How does an Emerald City Theatre birthday party run?

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Emerald City birthday parties are workshop based theater experiences led by professional, Emerald City Theatre teaching artists. They will provide a creative process of games and collaboration, while party guests use their imaginations to create fantastical characters, sing and dance to popular songs, and even write our own stories together!