The 10 Best Escape Rooms in Chicago, IL


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As big of a city as Chicago is, you know there’s always going to be something great that you can do. Escape rooms have slowly risen in popularity over the last couple of years and there’s not tons of different venues in Chicago that you can go to to experience the thrill of an escape room! Down below we’ve listed the best room in the Chicago area. We know you’ll truly have a great time!

Vault Escape

Since their opening in early 2016, Vault Escape has taken the Chicago escape room landscape by storm. They refer to their rooms as “vaults” in which you must find clues, solve puzzles, and use teamwork to escape them before your time is up. Vault Escape offers three different experiences currently. Two of them are vaults located at their in-house location with varying difficulties. Their 3rd escape challenge, which makes them quite unique, is their mobile escape room that’s perfect for large parties and corporate events. It can allow from 10-200 players working together at a time to solve the puzzle. Make sure to check them out!

Lock Chicago

One of the newest escape rooms to hit Chicagoland, Lock Chicago officially opened in January 2016. Rather than being called “escape rooms”, Lock Chicago’s rooms are referred to as “challenge rooms” because instead of having locked doors, players are presented different goals and scenarios which open up the room for more possibilites. It currently offers two unique experiences: Sunburn, a light-based challenge room for up to eight players, and Malfunction, a mechanical challenge room for up to five players.

Room Escape Adventures Chicago

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be trapped in a room with a zombie chained to the wall? In Room Escape Adventures, players are trapped in a room with a zombie and every five minutes a buzzer sounds and the chain is released another foot from the wall. The team has 60 minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key and escape the room or else they will be eaten by the hungry zombie.

Fox in a Box Chicago

The ultimate reality escape game in Chicago, Fox in a Box provides the ideal setting for business and corporate team building events, or friends and families who just want to experience a whole new level of fun. Players are assigned a “mission” and placed in a room where they have 60 minutes to work together to look for clues, solve puzzles and ultimately succeed in their mission. They can choose among four challenging rooms: The Bank, The Bunker, The Lab and The Prison.

Escape Artistry

Escape rooms with an artistic approach, Escape Artistry is the sister company of Room Escape Adventures, known for “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie” and “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie II: Still Hungry”. Escape Artistry offers immersive, imaginative and innovative room escapes. In its first room “The Railcar”, a team of up to ten members must solve the puzzles, crack the codes and stop the train from an impending disaster.

PanIQ Room Chicago

The first PanIQ Room opened its doors in Hungary in March 2012, two years before its first US location was launched with two themes in Hollywood, California. Because of its huge success, it expanded to more locations in different cities like San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Phoenix, Chicago and will be opening soon in Boston. PanIQ Room Chicago offers three exciting escape games: Infection, The Mob and The Prison.

Room X Escape

One of the best escape rooms in the Windy City, Room X Escape offers the perfect venue for corporate events, team buildings, private parties and personal entertainment. The mission is simple: team members must find their way out of a mysterious room by working together and using their unique talents to figure out the puzzles and overcome the obstacles in the room. Whether finding a lost treasure or bringing a mummy back to life, players are sure to have an hour of fun.

The Great Escape Room Chicago

Just steps aways from the Magnificent Mile and Downtown Chicago, The Great Escape Room is a live room escape game experience based on popular computer and mobile phone escape games. A cross between a scavenger hunt and a puzzle game, it offers an opportunity for players to harness their inner Sherlock in finding clues and solving puzzles. Deductive reasoning will be put to the test, as players navigate through one of three rooms: The Library, The Game Room and The Infirmary.

Great Room Escape

Located in Morton Grove, the Great Room Escape is a fully interactive escape game where a team of up to 12 people must search for clues and work together to find their way out. It currently offers two unique room options. In the Zombie room, players must find a way to escape the room before a hungry zombie breaks free of its chains while in the Houdini room, players must help Houdini’s widow to contact him from the afterlife.

Mobile Room Escape

The first escape room adventure of its kind, Mobile Room Escape offers players a chance to have a unique adventure while riding a 32 foot luxury climate controlled trailer. No need to worry about travelling to get to the party because the party will come to you. It’s perfect for any type of events or occasions whether it’s birthdays, baby announcements, holiday celebrations, corporate events and team buildings, fundraisers or just a fun time to escape the ordinary.

D.O.A. Room Escape

D.O.A Room Escape is a real life interactive escape game located in Addison where players must make it out of the room “dead or alive”. The participants, fondly called “victims”, determine the outcome of the game and everyone must work together in solving the clues, puzzles and riddles within 60 minutes. It offers two thrilling gaming experiences: The Garage and The Basement.