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 story together!

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Emerald City Theatre Birthdays!


iO Theater 1501 N Kingsbury St Chicago, IL 60642

Can accommodate up to 25 children.

*Please note that per policy, payment must be received within one week 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. 


Party Themes

Choose from one of these themes or customize your own! Pick a favorite book, song, or character and we’ll create a magical birthday experience.

Parties for ages 0-4: Grown-ups join in the fun!

Nursery Rhyme Garden One, two, buckle your shoe and join us for an adventure with Mother Goose and all your favorite nursery rhyme characters! Guests and their grownups will use their imagination to sing, move, and play with Jack and Jill, Li’l Bo Peep, and watch your garden grow. Guests will make fun garden crafts to take home and have time to sing “Happy Birthday” and eat treats in the garden! Peter Rabbit & Friends Meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and all of their burrowing friends!  Our Teaching Artists will lead guests and grownups through the world of the garden using their bodies, voices, and imaginations! At the end of the party guests will enjoy a garden party and leave with a fun garden craft! Llama Llama Adventures Baby Llamas join together to celebrate! Use your imaginations to explore all the llama-ventures possible and ring in a new year! At the end of the party Mama, Papa, and Baby Llamas can feast before heading home with new treasures!

Parties for ages 4-13: Kids lead the experience and perform for their grown-ups!

Castles & Crowns Embark on a magical journey where dragons, princesses, and magical beings live! Guests will create their own fantasy world, incorporating real and magical creatures. Perfect for princess lovers who need training in the field and for knights who want to save the day! Guests will create a royal themed craft and perform their proper royal etiquette in a mini-performance for their subjects at the end of the birthday party. Pirates & Mermaids Ahoy Matey! This party is for the child who loves to explore the swash-buckling characters above and below the high seas.  Guests will embark on a magical oceanic journey as they develop their very own pirate and mermaid characters, solve treasure hunts, and meet creatures under the sea. Guests will make a pirate/mermaid craft to use in their final mini-performance. Walk the plank straight over to Emerald City for a party you won’t forget! Superheroes If you could be a superhero, what special powers would you have? Let your superpowers come to life at this exciting birthday party. Perfect for small people with heroic minds, we will be designing magic disguises that harbor special powers and help us rescue the audience from villains!  Show off your newly discovered powers in a mini-performance at the end of the party and save the world! Dance Dance Party Dance parties are all the rage! This hip-hoppin’ birthday party will have guests moving and grooving to their favorite songs while they sing along! This birthday party soundtrack is completely tailored to your kiddo’s favorite songs! The party’s final performance will make even the grown-ups ready to step-up to the dance floor!
*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. Parties with more than 25 kids will incur an additional $75 fee to staff an additional Teaching Artist.


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 with Emerald City Theatre 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!!!”


A Birthday Party with ECT includes the following:
  • 1.5-hour themed party (with the option to add an additional half hour)
  • Lead teaching artist and assistant teaching artist
  • Theater activities for up to 25 children
  • Themed craft for each child to take home
  • Surprise gift for the birthday child from Emerald City Theatre
  • Cutlery, tablecloths, silverware, cups, and napkins
  • Mini-performance for parents at the end of the party
Sample Party Schedule:
  • Parents drop-off guests, meet and greet, welcome activity (15 minutes)
  • Theater workshop (30 minutes)
  • Food, cake, and singing Happy Birthday (30 minutes)
  • Mini-performance for Birthday family and returning parents (15 minutes)

Where will the party take place?

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  iO Theater: 1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642

Is there parking?

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Free street parking is available in the area surrounding iO Theater.

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. For drop off parties, 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 for Grown Up and Me parties is 15 guests and their Grown Ups. To add additional guests and grown ups, we will need to staff additional Teaching Artists at a rate of $75. For drop off parties, the maximum number of children we can accommodate is 25 children with two Teaching Artists. For parties larger than 25, we will need to staff additional Teaching Artists at a rate of $75.

How much does the party cost?

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90-minute parties are $630 and two hour parties are $695. If you wish to create your own theme outside of our standard themes, an additional fee of $75 will be applied.

Can adults attend the party?

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For Grown Up and Me Parties (ages 0-4) we encourage and expect at least one Grown Up per child to stay the duration of the party. For drop off parties (ages 4-13) we encourage the majority of the guests to be dropped off. This ensures the guests will participate and that our Teaching Artists can conduct a fun workshop free from additional noise and distraction. Adults are welcome to come back for the last 20 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.

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. Please inquire about the use of alcoholic beverages at the time of booking. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

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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We love creating new and fun birthday themes just for your family!  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 for an additional 30 minutes. There is an additional charge of $65 to extend the duration to a 2-hour party. We recommend longer parties to groups of 20 kids or more.

When is payment due?

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Full payment is due at the time of booking, no later than one week after booking. Payment must be received to secure the space and ensure staffing.

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 Theatre 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!
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