7 of the Best Escape Rooms in Chicago

by Paul Joseph  |  Published July 18, 2022

If you’re looking for a fun activity to enjoy with family or friends, then Escape Rooms are a great choice – and in Chicago there are plenty to pick from.

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Escape Rooms involve teams of players being tasked with unearthing clues and solving riddles in live physical rooms in order to accomplish a particular goal – usually culminating in you needing to escape the room within an allocated time. These challenging but fun-filled experiences have grown hugely in popularity in recent years and can be found in cities across the length and breadth of the US and beyond. We’ve picked out 5 of the best currently available in Chicago.

Fox in a Box

This immersive escape room venue presents brain-twisting challenges for participants. The 60-minute games are designed to engage and delight both the seasoned escape room enthusiast, as well as novices. Among their most popular games are The Bank, which casts you and your team as a professional and well-connected group of thieves tasked with cracking a safe filled with diamonds; and The Bunker, which transports you back to the late 1970s and the midst of the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union, with your mission being to abort the launch of a nuclear missile that’s on course to destroy the planet.

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The Quandary 

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Have you ever wanted to jump into the boots of Indiana Jones? Or how about dawn the deduction cap of Sherlock Holmes? Maybe you’ve always wanted to sit in Captain Picard’s chair. An independent, immersive escape room venue, The Quandary has curated a series of games featuring stories that will make you feel like you’re in a movie. Among the most popular is Lab of the Lost, which gives you 1 hour to defeat a collection of dinosaurs that have been brought back from extinction by a team of scientists and make it off the island.

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Art of Escape Room

Think outside the box and use your instincts, senses and wits to solve the puzzles and accomplish your mission while having tons of fun at this acclaimed escape room venue. Lasting for 60 minutes, the games include Casino Heist, which casts you and your group as a mafia seeking to take back a million dollars stolen by a rival gang; and Kingdom of Night, inspired by the famous eponymous series, which places your group amid a severe blizzard with the task of finding and killing an army of mysterious enemies.

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Escape Artistry 

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Located in the heart of Wicker Park, this escape room venue provides edge-of-your-seat, story-driven experiences, all designed to teach you about the world, the people in the room with you, and yourself,. Guests are given 60 minutes to work together, find clues, solve the riddle, get the key, and escape. Classic games include The Railcar, which will leave you never looking at a train the same way again. What starts off as a normal commute soon becomes a race against time, where you and your group must solve the puzzles, crack the codes, and stop the train to save yourselves from certain disaster.

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Escape Factor

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Dedicated to bringing high-end interactive experiences in a mind-boggling and challenging environment, this escape room venue is all about completing your mission in a fun  and  fulfilling way. Perfect for large groups, the venue’s immersive  60-minute games include The Bonus Fun Time Game Show Challenge. As a contestant on a vintage game show set, you’ve made it to the final round and have just minutes to win the grand prize. The plot thickens, however, in a bizarre turn of events.

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(Photo: PanIQ Escape Room Chicago)

With two Chicago locations – an original in Fulton Market and a more recent addition in Logan Square featuring brand-new, 3rd generation escape rooms – PanIQ offer games that are fun, challenging and imaginative. Seek redemption for past sins and escape a medieval torture chamber, track down a terrorist and prevent a national disaster before it’s too late, or put your magic skills to the test and see if you can complete wizarding trials. Each game has been uniquely designed to take you on an adventure you’ll never forget.

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Team vs Time

Offering immersive environments, logic and tactile based puzzles, Team vs Time is a renowned Chicago escape room venue. Their games include  Save the Queen, a suspense themed game that takes you back to 14th century AD England to play a royal court member that ruled the province during that time. You get captured by a group of knights, who had been plotting to dethrone her Majesty the Queen. Can you figure out how to escape the chamber and reveal the truth to save Her Highness, or will history as we know it be changed forever?

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