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The best escape rooms Chicago has to offer

Save the White House or steal a treasure by teaming with friends to solve these escape room games in Chicago

Photograph: Courtesy the Escape Game

Escape room games have exploded in popularity across the U.S. in the last few years, after first gaining a foothold in Asia and Europe. With young adults putting more of their disposable income toward experiences, it’s little surprise that these immersive experiences—which let you ditch your phones and team up with friends or strangers to find clues and solve puzzles in a race against the clock—are thriving. Most escape rooms start with a sturdy storyline—putting you in the shoes of spies stopping an errant missile launch, or Mafia types defending your turf—and an equally robust motivation, like, say, getting out before the zombie in the corner breaks free of his restraints. Grab your friends and get to work solving these escape rooms, Chicago.

The best escape rooms in Chicago

EscapeHouse

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.

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River North
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The Escape Game

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.

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Room Escape Adventures

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.

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Loop

Room X Escape

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.

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Loop
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PanIQ Escape Room

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.

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West Loop

Team vs. Time

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.

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Bucktown
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Fox in a Box

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.

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Printers Row

Brain Drain

Brain Drain’s Chicago location has four themed room experiences—“Prison Break,” “Psycho,” “A.I. Rebellion” and “Portal”–each with unique challenges.

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River North
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The Great Escape Room

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.

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Streeterville

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