Beverly Costume and Novelty Shop
11628 South Western Ave., Chicago, 773-779-0068

The sister store to Beverly Records, Beverly Costume has supplied the South Side with costumes for more than 40 years. Rent costumes for Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Easter.



Card & Party Giant
1880 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, 773-342-1500
1015 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-657-7770

Locally-owned party stores that carry a huge selection of kid birthday party supplies—decorations, paper plates, party hats, balloons—as well as costumes and festive supplies for every holiday. Both locations also carry a selection of toys, for one-stop birthday party shopping.

Chicago Costume
1120 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, 773-528-1264
4727 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, 773-282-1264
332 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-583-1264 (only open during Halloween season)

This costume superstore carries kid’s costumes for almost every holiday—superhero, Harry Potter, and Star Wars options for Halloween; pilgrim costumes for Thanksgiving; Santa, snowman, and candy cane costumes for Christmas—as well as masks, makeup, hats, and wigs. Rental costumes also available.

Chuck’s House of Magic
18725 Dixie Hwy., Homewood, 708-798-2111

A south suburban institution for more than 20 years, Chuck’s carries magic tricks, costumes, party supplies, balloons, and cards. Specialty balloons and rental costumes available.


511 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-243-9424

Passersby in River West frequently confuse this party store with an Irish pub. Instead of beer, find hats, centerpieces, balloons, and décor for birthdays, holidays, theme parties, and baby or wedding showers. Doolin’s also offers rentals for larger events—tables and chairs, popcorn and fog machines, disco balls, and helium tanks, and provides pick-up and drop-off of this heavy equipment. Another perk? Check the selection online, then call ahead and the staff will set aside the merchandise for pick-up.


Fantasy Costumes
4065 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 773-777-0222

The store comprises one city block, making for a dizzying array of costumes, makeup, masks, wigs, and novelties. Fantasty Costumes has been in Portage Park for more than 45 years and is open-year round, but stays open 24 hours a day for the week of Halloween—helpful for parents who are throwing together a kid costume last minute. Children’s costumes include everything from animals to superheroes. Off-season, they also have presidential and pilgrim costumes, Christmas costumes, Mardi Gras supplies, and St. Patrick’s Day decorations.


I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party
2121 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, 773-404-9400

An upscale party store that carries balloons, wrapping paper, invitations, decorations, and party hats.


Magic Inc.
5082 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-334-2855
*Birthday parties

This family-run Lincoln Square magic shop first opened in 1926, and has been supplying North Siders and professional magicians with supplies for years. (Penn & Teller, David Copperfield, and David Blaine have all visited) Instructional magic books and DVDs, magic tricks, balloons, gags, juggling, and coin and card tricks in-store, but no white rabbits. The professional magicians on staff can offer demonstrations, and the store also provides magic lessons. Inquire within for magicians to perform at birthday parties.


Party City
Visit partycity.com for locations

The party chain has a comprehensive (almost overwhelming) selection of tableware, decorations, balloons and party favors for birthdays, holidays, and theme parties.

PJs Trick Shop
1300 Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, 847-392-5280

Northwest suburban magicians and pranksters have been stocking up on their tricks and whoopee cushions here since 1967. In addition to the usual cards and novelties, find magic tricks (from beginner to advanced), costumes, T-shirts and transfers, and, as the season demands, Halloween costumes and Santa suits.

Priscilla’s Party Center
1015 E. Davis St., Evanston, 847-864-7344

A local party shop stocked with balloons, cards, invitations (custom invites available), plates, napkins, and streamers. Custom, hand-painted murals for kid bedrooms are a bonus service.