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Escape Room Races brings popular game to Millennium, Grant parks

Written by
Jonathan Samples

Escape rooms are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, but the one drawback of the popular group activity is that most are held in...well, rooms, which limits the number of people you can invite and doesn't make for a summer-friendly activity.

"I have been in the corporate event industry for 10 years now and noticed a demand for escape rooms for larger groups," says Lauren McSorley, of Escape Room Races—a new take on the increasingly popular game that gets participants out of the room and into some of Chicago's best-known outdoor spaces.

Earlier this month, Escape Room Races began hosting its first outdoor events in the city. It's part scavenger hunt, part adrenaline-fueled competition that pits two teams against each other, as they solve a series of puzzles leading to the finish line. And because it's outdoors, Escape Room Races are open to groups ranging from eight to 500 people.

Races are currently being held in Millennium Park and Grant Park, which means you'll be able to do a little sightseeing while on the run. McSorley says that's why Escape Room Races are perfect for not only large corporate teams but also people who might be new to the city. "It also is a unique way for tourists to see the sites of Chicago, and not to mention, participants get to compete against each other, which always makes things more interesting," she says.

Typically, participation costs $65 per person, but Escape Room Races offers group discounts depending on the number of participants and day of the week selected for the event. If you're interested in trying out Escape Room Races, email or request an event through the company's website.

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