A Parents Definitive Guide - Affordable Party Venues/Ideas for a Sweet 16 in Chicago.

November 4, 2014

Celebrating your child’s sweet 16 birthday can be a dilemma. On one hand, you want it to be so special that your teen would think of you as the Greatest Mom or Dad. On the other, you have to keep your expenses in check or else you may have to use a little of your savings or your kid’s college fund. Luckily, all you need to do is take your pick from Chicago’s manyaffordable birthday party locations and entertainment options. Since you’re probably hassled coming up with affordable birthday gift ideas, here are five locations and entertainment ideas that not only your 16-year-old but also your pocket will love.

5 Affordable 16th Birthday Party Ideas

Entertaining teens can be tough, especially since you may not know what excites this age group. However, the following five ideas will make you Parent of the Year.

  • Michael Jackson Celebrity Impersonator 3 Legends – If your teen loved Michael Jackson growing up, they’ll love Jovan Carter’s tribute to the King of Pop. Jovan is equally versatile as he can impersonate Jackie Wilson and James Brown, two more legends who adults attending would love to see performing. Rest assured that your party will have everyone dancing and moonwalking with excitement with him in charge of your birthday entertainment. To hire his services, call 630-631-8581.

  • Advanced DJ’s and Karaoke Service – Available in Chicago, Advanced DJs and Karaoke Service is one of the oldest DJ services in the Tri-state area. The service provider also offers photo booth rental, up-lighting, a bubble machine, and a disco ball to name a few. To contact the company for more information, call 773-274-1009.

  • The Actors Gymnasium – If you plan a circus theme, which is a hot one thanks to American Horror Story’s latest series, the Actors Gymnasium is definitely what you need. The service provider offers acrobatic and comedic shows, all of which you can select according to your budget and child’s preferences. Contact the circus and performing arts school for a quote at 847-328-2795.

  • Comedian of the Year: Adam Grabowski – Adam has performed in 40 states and 300 colleges, an effort that earned him the title of 2013 Comic of the Year and 2012 Fastest Rising Star. For 50-75 minutes, he can keep the teens roaring with laughter until it’s time to cut the cake. To get him for your child’s 16th birthday, call at 708-899-2326.

  • Fred Zimmerman: The Chicago Mentalist – It’s people like Fred Zimmerman who inspire shows such as The Mentalist. By playing The Lying Game, The Real Thing and Pokerface, he will keep everyone excited and spooked out until the end. To get the Chicago Mentalist on board, call at 630-300-8274.

5 Affordable Party Space in Chicago

Your party’s venue is probably the most expensive part of your teen’s birthday. However, selecting a place just because it’s cheap may not go down well with the birthday girl or boy. So, here are five fun venues that are definitely within everyone’s budget.

  • Leaning Tower YMCA of Metro Chicago –Available for parties and rentals, you can choose to have a sports party (30 children max) or a pool party (25 children). TheY’s birthday party packages also include 1 hour at a designated fun area and 1 hour in the party room. For more information or to book the place, call at 847-410-5138.

  • GameWorks – Located in Schaumburg, this venue can fit up to 1,000 guests, but you can easily customize your event and what your birthday party will have. As one of theinexpensive birthday party locations, its offers venue rentals by the hour as well as party packages. For information on both, contact GameWorks at 847-413-2660.

  • WhirlyBall–One of the affordable party venues in Chicago, WhirlyBall provides you with birthday packages that are perfect for 12-15 year olds. These cover the 1.5 hour duration of the party, which is divided into one hour of court time and half an hour for cake and gifts. You can also go for a laser tag party package or a combo birthday package if you can afford it. For quote and information, call WhirlyBall at 1-800-8-WHIRLY.

  • Medieval Times – If your 16-year-old enjoys shows like Game of Thrones, they will love being at Medieval Times. You can get good discounts by having your child’s party there and enjoy the offerings of the birthday package, which include a four-course medieval feast, admission to the tournament show, and a group photo. Call the Chicago castle at 1-866-543-9637.

  • Pinstripes – If you want a fully stylish venue, the Pinstripes in Chicago is great. Your child can enjoy games and food for an affordable cost per person. In addition, you get to choose an entrée from a selection of pizzas, hamburgers, and desserts. For more details, call at 312-527-3140.

So now that you know the best entertainment ideas and inexpensive birthday party placesin and near Chicago, concentrate more on your gift and let the professionals handle the rest on your behalf.

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