America turns 238 this year, and we’ll celebrate like we normally do: with fireworks, of course; on rooftops; and with brats, beer and barbecue. But what if the birthday celebration is your own? (We’re looking at you, Cancers and Leos.) Party all weekend long at these group-friendly bars and lounges.
What’s more colorful? The martinis or the rotating roster of divas in drag? Ooh, tough call, one best meant for experiencing live. With 200 cocktails on the menu and a new performer—will it be Diana Ross or Marilyn emerging from the rear of the restaurant?—sashaying down the lane every 20 minutes from 7:30 pm to midnight, this is one birthday to toast to. 3700 N. Halsted St., 773.525.1111, www.kitkatchicago.com
The words “$20 cover” can have your friend-on-the-fence running back to her hotel room, so don’t risk it. That’s why the locals love this Wicker Park dance dive. No cover on Friday nights, and on Saturdays comes the king of throwbacks: an ’80s vs. ’90s video dance party. 2057 W. Division St., 773.394.2066, www.innjoychicago.com
Calling all day drinkers: This rooftop retreat makes any ordinary Sunday look like a Sunday in Vegas. DJs, neon sunglasses, guys in board shorts, ombred tresses and the like. And if it’s your birthday, well then, splurge on a drink/food package for eight guests for $650. The treat includes express entry and a waived cover for each guest; an assortment of eight desserts; your name emblazoned on a 3D digital wall; a reserved VIP table for the entire night; and a bottle of Belvedere Vodka and Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label. Cling-cling! 201 N. State St., 312.239.9501, www.roofonthewit.com