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30th Birthday Party Ideas

uvolks2 Oct 10, 2006 10:09 PM

Hi there,

Where have some of your favorite places been to celebrate either your (or friends) 30th birthday parties? I'm trying to get some ideas for my own...


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    SuzMiCo RE: uvolks2 Oct 10, 2006 10:30 PM

    Great 30th B-day bashes:

    - Tapas Barcelona (Evanston) - tapas is great for big groups of people and Tapas Barcelona is my favorite tapas restaurant in the area.
    - Mirai Sushi (on Division in Wicker Park/Bucktown) - much fancier and expensive, but we all had a great time.
    - Darkroom (on W. Chicago) - more of a club than a restaurant, but we all had a great time.
    - Kit Kat Club (Lakeview)- good drinks, good food, good drag queens. This was for the 30th b-day party of a married female friend. I think everyone had fun except her husband.
    - Thai Pastry - this was impromptu. My friend reluctantly told us that it was her 30th birthday when we were already at dinner and we turned a normal dinner into an amazing feast. Then went to Chicago Karaoke at Lawrence and Western to continue the evening in a private Karaoke room.

    Bad 30th B-day bashes
    - Lou Malnati's - felt like a 5th grade birthday party, but with beer.
    - Spiaggia - I love the restaurant, but it was too stuffy for the crowd I was with and the atmosphere we were looking for. If you are looking for a more formal, intimate gathering, it is wonderful.

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      NDJ RE: uvolks2 Oct 10, 2006 10:41 PM

      I've actually been to 3 different 30th birthday parties at Tizi Melloul. They have been really fun....up to 24 people I believe can fit in the crescent room which is where 2 of the parties were located. It's a big circular room with pillows on the floor, bright colors, where you dine on a middle eastern feast. They bring in a belly dancer too.

      It's fun, the food is good...kebabs, kefta, hummos and the like. Drinks are good too. The room is really the experience though, very cozy and unique.

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        uvolks2 RE: uvolks2 Oct 11, 2006 08:28 PM

        Thanks, you two! Tizi Melloul looks awesome, and I'm seriously considering it. I also thought that maybe having it at The Chopping Block or Flavour Cooking schools might be a fun/unique idea before hitting the bars...anyone ever have an event there?

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          wak RE: uvolks2 Oct 12, 2006 02:56 AM

          Been to Tizi Melloul a couple times and never had a complaint. In fact, the food has really been quite good. Just stay away form the Lebanese wine. (I should have known...)

          I've been to a good party on the second floor of Mirai if you like sushi.

          Carnivale is always fun for a crowd. Its a huge place, but there are some nice side rooms if you want a more intimate party.

          I've had a couple of classes at the Chopping Block at Merchandise Mart. If you have a big enough crowd (5-10?) they will do a custom session for you - either a demo or hands on of whatever cuisine/specialty you want. Used to be BYO, but they are serving wine now too. If you're really interested, call them and see what they can do.

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            Markauf RE: uvolks2 Oct 12, 2006 03:56 PM

            I celebrated a "milestone" birthday in the crescent room at TM and had a fantastic time!
            The food was good and the cocktails were exceptional.

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