Deciding what to do for your next birthday, work event, or friend outing can be strenuous. Everyone wants to do something different, and most of the activities involve sitting far apart where you can only socialize with a few people. Well, escape rooms in Chicago are a way to avoid all the above.
Some of the best escape rooms in Chicago are an entertaining and amusing adventure at any age. The immersive experience enables everyone to work together to solve puzzles, discover clues, and complete tasks to finish the game’s mission within a set amount of time. So, put your problem-solving skills to the test and choose from the best escape rooms in Chicago.
1. Fox In A Box Escape Room Chicago
At Fox In A Box Escape Room, there are four different escape rooms you can choose from: the bank, the zodiac, the prison, or the bunker.
All the rooms are designed for three to six people, but the whole place can host up to 35 people simultaneously. For example, in the bank escape room, your objective is to break into different bank vaults to finally “steal” the contents in the vault. While you only have 60 minutes, there is a guide there with you, and they’ll give you a tip every 10 minutes if you’re stumped.
Address: 47 W Polk St, suite l5 basement, Chicago, IL 60605
2. PanIQ Escape Room Chicago (Fulton Market)
In the Fulton Market lies PanIQ Escape Room Chicago, a horror-movie-esque place. Creepy Insane Aslyum escape? You got it. Voodoo Spirits haunting the room escape? Sure thing. Want to introduce your kids to the Sopranos? Well, they have a Mob escape room in Chicago for that, too.
All the escape rooms are 60 minutes, and most are ages 10+; however, there is one that is 12+—so whatever you choose, just know nightmares might be in your future. Just kidding.
Address: 1200 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
3. Escape Artistry
Known as Chicago’s original escape room, the games are handcrafted by local Chicago artisans with custom puzzles. There are a total of six games across two locations in Wicker Park, with The Time Gallery and The Railcar.
While both places are fulfilling, there’s something about the Time Gallery. Established in 2017 CE as a base of operations for the Inter-Dimensional Time Agency (IDTA) to do its work maintaining a timeline in missions specific to Chicago. Some of the missions include Roaring Dan’s Pirate Dungeon, Detective Vs. Dillinger, The DollHouse, and Operation G.R.A.N.I.E
Address: 1342 North Milwaukee Avenue Second Floor, Chicago, IL 60622 (The Time Gallery)
Address: 1579 N Milwaukee Ave #350, Chicago, IL 60622 (The Railcar)
4. The Quandary Escape Rooms
The Quandary is an independent, immersive escape room offering stories that make you feel like you’re in a movie. What makes this place unique is every room is priced at the same point—$34.99
Address: 3205 N Clark St, Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60657
5. Escape Factor
Escape Factor was founded in 2016 by two best friends—one with a software developer background and the other obsessed with graphic design. Their skills perfectly complemented each other, and they joined forces to create one of Chicago’s most beloved escape rooms.
With four rooms, there are plenty to choose from. However, the Bonus Fun Time Game Show is their most popular escape room. The 60-minute escape room steps into the glitzy world of vintage games, and you’ll find yourself in the final round with only minutes to claim the grand prize!
Address: 7228 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130