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 even write our own stories together. The birthday child receives a special ECT picture frame decorated by the birthday guests.

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Emerald City Theatre Birthdays!


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

The Nation’s First Theater Space Dedicated to the Very Young!
Please note: Drop-offs are encouraged at this party location.
Can accommodate up to 20 children.



CSz (Comedy Sportz Chicago)
929 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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


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 customize your very own, original, birthday party theme for $75.


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!”

“Everyone LOVED the party.”

“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.”

I was so impressed with how much the girls learned in such a short time!”

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

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


A Birthday Party with ECT includes the following:

  • 5 hour themed party (with the option to add an additional half hour)
  • Lead teaching artist and assistant teaching artist
  • Theatre activities for up to 30 children
  • Themed craft for each child to take home
  • Emerald City picture frame for birthday child
  • Cutlery, tables cloths, silverware, cups and napkins provided
  • Mini-performance for parents at the end of the party

Sample Party Schedule:

  • 0-15 min: Parents drop-off guests, meet and greet, decorate birthday child’s picture frame, craft for 4-5 year old parties
  • 15-60 min: Theatre workshop
  • 60-80 min: Food, cake, and singing happy birthday
  • 80-90 min: Mini-performance for Birthday family and returning parents

Where will the party take place?

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Emerald City’s Little Theatre or Comedy Sportz Theatre

Is there parking?

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Little Theatre: Free street parking in the area, and the lot diagonal from the building at the Southwest corner of Southport and Oakdale Avenues. 

Comedy Sportz Theatre: Street parking is available.

Who is a guest?

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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 party child will need a grown-up to stay with them for their safety as our birthday parties are very active!

How many guests can attend?

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The maximum number of children the Little Theatre can accommodate is 20 and CSz Theatre can accommodate 30 children.  These numbers include the birthday child and any siblings.

How many adults an attend?

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We encourage parents to drop guests off to maintain a high quality theatre workshop 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. Parents, guardians, and grandparents of the birthday child are welcome to stay for the party.

Do you provide invitations?

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

What if guests don’t show?

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

What about food and drink?

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No food or drink is provided.  You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own food and drink. Refrigeration and storage space is available to use at the Little Theatre and CSz. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the Little Theatre.

What about plates/napkins/cups?

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We provide plates, napkins, cups, utensils, and table cloths.  You are welcome to bring your own, if you wish.

Do you provide goody bags?

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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.

What about decorations?

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You can bring your own decorations if you so choose. 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.

What about a different theme?

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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.

What about a longer party?

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You are welcome to have longer parties. There is an additional charge of $65-75 for an extra half hour to have a 2 hour birthday party. The additional fee for extra party time varies across locations.

When do I pay for the party?

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Full payment is due upon booking a party.

What can I expect from the Emerald City Theatre teaching artists?

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The Emerald City Theatre teaching artists at your party are trained theatre professionals who will provide a fun, creative and engaging theme-based workshop for the birthday child and their friends. The teaching artists will set the room for the party and clean up once the party is over. Teaching artists will also work with the birthday family to serve food, cake and beverages to the children 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 theatre experiences lead by professional, Emerald City teaching artist. Through a provide a creative process of games and collaboration, party guests use their imaginations to create fantastical characters, sing and dance to popular songs, and even write our own stories together!