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A two-story interactive ‘The Office’ experience is coming to Chicago

It was only a matter of time before the hit workplace comedy got the experiential treatment.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Can't get enough of Michael Scott, Jim, Pam, Dwight and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin gang? You'll be able to live out your own Jello-encased-office supply-shenanigans amid the trappings of corporate drudgery when the NBC-authorized "The Office Experience" opens on Michigan Avenue this fall, housing painstaking recreations of some of the most memorable locations featured in the classic show.

"The Office Experience" is being presented by the same company that put together the recent "The Friends Experience"—and it's even hosted in the same space, inside The Shops at North Bridge at 540 N Michigan Avenue. Spread across two floors, the experience will feature 17 rooms that recreate sets from the show, including the Scranton Business Park workplace (which features Michael's office, Pam's reception desk and Ryan's closet) and Schrute Farms. The pop-up will also recreate moments like Kevin's chili spill and the Dundie Awards. Plus, you'll also find a few original props and costumes on display.

Of course, one of the highlights of the "The Office Experience" will be a gift shop that's dressed up like the Warehouse, featuring merch like "World's Best Boss" mugs, sweatshirts that say "Nard Dog" and staplers (Jello not included). The gift shop will be open to both ticketed and non-ticketed guests, so even those who don't spring for the photo-friendly experience will get a chance to buy some branded shirts and tchotchkes.

"The Office Experience" is scheduled to open on October 15 and will remain open through January 17, 2022. Tickets for the pop-up experience go on sale Friday, August 27 at 10am via the official website, with prices starting at $37.50.

On the heels of multiple unofficial The Office pop-ups at Replay Lincoln Park, it's pretty clear that there's a demand for immersive spaces that make attendees feel like they've stepped inside a functioning paper supply company. And with The Office soaring to new levels of popularity eight years after its season finale aired, it's pretty clear that "The Office Experience" will be a hot ticket. If you simply must get your photo taken looking through the blinds of Michael Scott's office, you may want to lock down your ticket early.

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