The best escape rooms in Chicago
Pre-book an experience at EscapeHouse, which requires you and your group to complete a specific mission—saving the White House or escaping a spies’ safehouse. If you’re bringing a group as large as 10, you can book an entire room.
A veritable escape-room multiplex, Escape Artistry’s prime location includes five different games with scenarios like a Cold War classroom nuke drill, a pirates’ dungeon and a network of spying grannies.
Escape Artistry’s original offering, “The Railcar,” puts you on an El train careening toward disaster. You'll also find rooms that pit players against Chicago gangster John Dillinger and task participants with averting a nuclear disaster.
This River North space hosts four different experiences that allow guests to solve million-dollar heists, decode Secret Service missions, navigate through prison passageways or find your way back home from Mars.
One of the first on the room-escape trend in Chicago was this outfit in the Fine Arts Building, which launched its “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie” experience in 2013. Solve the clues and find the key before the zombie breaks its chains.
This Loop escape room features three different themes: a pirate’s treasure hunt, an escape from the ancient pyramids and a hunt for the Holy Grail.
Join the hunt for a pirate treasure, escape from a serial killer's lair or take part in a fight for a medieval throne at Escape Reality, which hosts six themed escape rooms in its River North space. Most of the experiences are designed for two to six people and are clearly inspired by the worlds of pop culture properties such as Game of Thrones, Alice in Wonderland and Misery.
This international escape room franchise distinguishes itself by never grouping you with strangers—you pay by the game, not by the person, so your group of two to six players gets the room to itself as you combat a virus outbreak, make a prison break or escape from Chicago mobsters.
The Chicago outpost of this company (which has a second location in Connecticut) offers two scenarios: In one, you’re stealing a witch’s spellbook, while the other is gangster-themed.
Get nostalgic at this independently run escape room in Lakeview, located above the iconic L&L Tavern. With rooms based on the Home Alone movies and the experience of getting grounded in the ’90s, anyone who used to own a Tamagotchi should feel right at home. Up to 10 people can participate in some of the Quandary's rooms, so bring all of your smartest, most culturally-savvy friends.
Fox in a Box has room escape games for family, team-building exercises and friends just looking for a fun challenge—in private rooms only. Themes include completing a bank heist or being part of a special ops team tasked with saving the world from nuclear demise.
Brain Drain’s Chicago location has four themed room experiences—“Prison Break,” “Psycho,” “A.I. Rebellion” and “Portal”–each with unique challenges.
This space has several scavenger hunts and escape rooms, most with a Sherlock Holmes theme. Each room is rated based on difficulty, so you never have to wonder exactly what you're getting yourself into.