15 epic escape room experiences in Chicago!

15 epic escape room experiences in Chicago! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and dungeon themed to fun and family oriented.

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15 epic escape room experiences in Chicago! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and dungeon themed to fun and family oriented. 15 epic escape room experiences in Chicago! 15 epic escape room experiences in Chicago! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and dungeon themed to fun and family oriented.

When we travel, we tend to enjoy the cuisine and views of the place, but when it comes to experiences which you can enjoy with your friends and family, it’s usually the same. Most of the theatres have same movies, and the clubs play similar electronic music, diminishing value from the whole endeavour. Escape rooms, on the other hand let you experience something completely different no matter where you go! Every city has its own spin on the whole experience, giving you the opportunity to enjoy with your company no matter where you are.

Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River watershed and grew rapidly in the mid-19th century. Chicago attracts millions of foreign as well as local visitors throughout the year. These visitors contribute more than US$15 billion to Chicago's economy. These days a considerable amount of that contribution also comes to experience like escape rooms! Chicago has some of the most modern and immersive escape rooms that attract a lot of tourists and locals alike.

We have compiled a list of 15 epic escape room experiences you can’t afford to miss the next time you’re in Chicago and up for something fun! We put in hours of work in with research, surveys and reaching out to the game masters themselves to make sure we put forward unerring experiences of the escape rooms to help you make the right choice. So if you want to take your creativity and intellect for a ride, Here are the top 15 escape room experiences in Chicago!

The Garage

About the experience

This escape room experience will take you back to February 14, 1929. It was St. Valentine’s Day unlike any other, for a massacre took place in what was a garage at 2122 N. Clark Street in Chicago! On this dreadful day, seven men of the North Side Irish gang were shot dead by the South Side Italian mob, and infamous gangster, Al Capone.

You and your friends will be transported to the scene of crime! You must outmanoeuvre the Italian mafia to break out from the crime scene and save your life. You and your team have sixty minutes before Al Capone’s men come back and take you out! Can you get out or will you share the same fate as the previous victims? Use your wits and teamwork to break out of the garage and prevent the history from repeating itself!

Haunted grounds of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.
Haunted grounds of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

Player review

“Such a fun experience. We were 2 couples and had such a great time. Professional and fun staff, plus a really challenging room! We had The Garage, which is the most difficult room, and it was still such a fun time. Our room guide was Victoria and she was great! Highly recommend!”- Tracy (Yelp)

This escape room experience will place you in the aftermath of a massacre! Can you get out before you share the same fate?

Split

About the experience

Something strange is happening in your town. People have been disappearing out of the blue! It was just news to you, but now your friend has gone missing, and you must do something about it! You’ve been looking all over, searching high and low to get a clue about your friend’s current location. In your quest to find your friend, you end up in a psychiatric facility, but something seems a bit fishy. As it turns out the hospital is haunted!

Now your search and rescue mission has turned into a survival and escape quest. This room has been meticulously put together to create an immersive and spooky experience. Make sure you steel your nerves before you step into the haunted psychiatric facility. Will you be able to find your friend and escape before it’s too late, or will you regret setting foot in the place?

Haunted grounds of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.
Haunted grounds of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

Player review

“My Wife did the ‘Split’ escape room, and it was phenomenal. It was very difficult but very creatively put together. We had a blast, and we finished it with 1:33 left on clock! Our game master was great! Was very observant and gave us clues only when we really needed which is great. Great communication, very helpful and polite. Recommend this place to anyone!”- Dhammond (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will put you right in the middle of a haunted psychiatric facility! Make sure you bring your friends along, you’ll need someone to hide behind.

The Bunker

About the experience

This escape room experience will take you back in time! Mr. Fox, the most notorious spy of the time, has decided to go rogue. As it turns out, he has been working for both the USA and the USSR all along! Now suddenly he has gone missing and his bunker has been infiltrated. The infiltrators have set in motion a nuclear missile launch sequence that can possibly destroy the planet! You and your team must abort the launch at all costs!

This experience will take you back in the 1970s, right admits the cold war. This room has a very retro spy movie aesthetic. If you’re a fan of the old James Bond movies, you’ll love the setting. The riddles are challenging and your team will have the opportunity to work together. Complete the special ops mission to find the nuclear launch codes and disable the sequence before it’s too late.

Save your friend stuck in the haunted psychiatric facility.
Save your friend stuck in the haunted psychiatric facility.

Player review

“This was my second Room Escape, and it was amazing! I went in a group of five people, and we played bunker. It certainly proved to be challenging, and it required great teamwork. I would recommend this kind of fun to anyone willing to experience new things, and a new way of thinking while being challenged by clues and riddles.”- Jade (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will take you back to the cold war. The times are tense, and you must keep your wits about you, make sure you don’t break under the stress!

The Bank

About the experience

You and your mates will enter this experience as a group of ace larcenists! You just received a tip that the general manager of a major bank is holding a sizeable wealth of diamonds in his office safe. Being the amazing burglar that you are, you have found a way to disable the vault security system! In the darkest hours, you sneak in and deactivated the alarm systems for exactly 60 minutes.

This is your chance to literally rob a bank with your friends! The amazing level of attention to detail will leave you awestruck. Let out your vices and crack the safe, which holds riches beyond your wildest dreams. Be sure you make it out on time, or else you’ll have to spend the rest of your years behind the bars.

Rob a bank along with your friends.
Rob a bank along with your friends.

Player review

“The Bank was great. The whole room is dark and you have to search for clues with flashlights. We got into the safe with four minutes to spare; it was very exciting. I loved the layout of the room; it was very creative. I would definitely come back here! It's a very fun time, and they aren't kidding about this activity being much better sober. You need your wits about you.”-Veronika (yelp)

This escape room experience is the closest thing to robbing a bank you will ever experience without ending up in jail!

The Mob

About the experience

This escape room it set in the late 20th century, when the streets of Chicago were run by the gangs. You and your friends are part of a major gang, and you have just received a critical tip. A rival gang is plotting to blow your headquarters up! It’s just you can and your friends; there’s no backup. You have 60 minutes to grab every single penny and make it out alive. This escape room will let you experience the thrill of living on the edge.

This room has a victorian aesthetic that will remind you of the Godfather movie set. Will you be able to make it out on time? Will you let your greed get the best of you and fall prey to your rival gang’s antics? This escape room experience is meant to be enjoyed alongside your friends, so bring your buddies along!

Grab all the money and make a run for it before your rival gang shows up.
Grab all the money and make a run for it before your rival gang shows up.

Player review

“Really enjoyed this! Creative escape room that really challenged us. We did the Mob themed room since we were on vacation in Chicago and thought that was the apropos thing to do. Game master Andrew was friendly and took time after explaining what we couldn’t solve (thanks again!). It was tough for just two people, but still fun!”- Valentine (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience is a race against time, will you run for your life or will you let your greed take over?

The Witch's Spell

About the experience

You accepted a dare from your friends to delve into the abandoned cottage in the middle of the village. Well, there shouldn’t be anything to worry. Right? As it turns out, the cottage you’re in belonged to a witch and now you’ve been trapped! No one who went in has ever made it out! You must find all the clues and make out before you’re trapped in there for eternity.

This escape room is rigged with amazing props and puzzles that will pull in your attention, and completely engross you in the experience. The level of attention to detail is immaculate! This engaging experience will keep you on your toes, as you rummage through the haunted cottage to find clues and solve the witch’s puzzles to break the curse and make it out alive.

Break the witch’s curse and save your lives.
Break the witch’s curse and save your lives.

Player review

“Very entertaining, I took my husband and two kids. We didn't escape the witch but we had fun. It’s hard keeping kids entertained, but this was fun. I believe they will be adding another theme soon. Jackson was a great host, very engaging and courteous. Monica was also great and friendly. Thanks, we will definitely be back soon.”- Maribel (Yelp)

This escape room experience is for the ones who like to dabble in the supernatural arts!

A.I. Rebellion

About the experience

Michael Hall is a world renowned pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence and his AI program Eliza is a state of the art technology. Suddenly, Michael has gone missing and his AI Eliza has turned rogue! The world is in a state of crisis as Eliza threatens to take control of every single computer in the world. This situation can very well turn the whole society obsolete! You and your team is the last hope of this planet.

The lab has been designed as the perfect rendition of the future depicted in amazing Sci-Fi movies like Star Trek and Star Wars! You must infiltrate Michael Halls lab and subdue Eliza, before the Artificial Intelligence brings upon its wrath on the planet! You’ve worked closely with Michael for a while and now you must make the decision, whether to annihilate Michael’s magnum opus or change the world as we know it forever!

Save the world from a rogue Artificial Intelligence.
Save the world from a rogue Artificial Intelligence.

Player review

“If you are looking for something fun to do that will test your knowledge and teamwork skills, I highly recommend the Brain Drain AI Escape Room! This was a new experience for us, and we had such a blast that we can't stop talking about it. With a short walk from the red line train station there was no need to worry about parking.”- Payne (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience is for the ones who love the Sci-Fi genre. Beware! You’ll have to make some tough decisions.

Narcos

About the experience

The current cartel leader Ismael Zambada Garcia was captured fleeing Mexico and the whole cartel has taken a major hit. With the reduction in cartel members, you and your friends have been recruited as new members. The very existence of the cartel itself depends on your first mission! Garcia is being held in a warehouse along with the drugs, and the money before he is moved to the federal facilities.

You and your friends must break into the warehouse, find a way to bust him out of the cell and collect the drugs and money. You can’t make a scene or get caught, else you’re looking at nothing but federal time. This experience is imperative for everyone who loved the narcos series! Step into the world of vices where control of drugs parallel power!

Save the kingpin and be the hero of your cartel.
Save the kingpin and be the hero of your cartel.

Player review

“Went there with friends, we did the new ‘Narcos’ escape room. It was intense we really felt like we were recruited by a cartel. Although we didn't exactly win, we felt like total baddies’ haha. The staff was professional and in character which made it feel real. The place had a cool vibe and music. We stayed for about an hour afterward just talking about it!”- Karina (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience is for the ones who trifle with the life of crime. Will you save the cartel or will you end up behind bars?

Save the White House

About the experience

You have been recently recruited as a new secret service agent. You were still learning the White House security details when a missile aimed directly at the White House was launched! You and your fellow agents have an hour to decipher the clues scattered through the escape room and locate the codes to launch missile interceptors to save the White House from the imminent calamity.

This escape room has been modeled after the oval office to a T! Every single detail has been paid attention to, and it looks as if it has been moved out of the white house itself. Don’t mess up this opportunity to show the whole nation what you’re made of. The fate of the country’s most important building is up to you!

Find the codes to launch missile interceptor before the White House is levelled.
Find the codes to launch missile interceptor before the White House is levelled.

Player review

“I took my family visiting from Belgium to the Escape Room Chicago. They were super accommodating. We did Save the White House which was so fun. The hour goes so fast. The clues were challenging. We had to work together. Just a blast of fun. Would definitely do it again whether you are from the Chicago area or not. It’s a do not miss!”- JS (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will give you the opportunity to save the White House! Can you rise to the occasion and become the national hero?

Save the Queen

About the experience

This is a thrilling, immersive experience that will take you back in the dark ages. You and your friends will be transported back to the 14th century where you are the members of the royal court and stumble upon the mystery of an evil plot against the Queen Majesty herself! And who is it that means harm to her royal highness? A group of knights! The group of knights have planned a coup d’etat against the throne, for they can’t bring themselves to be ruled by a woman.

Unearth the diabolic plan and foil the knights who are bent on unseating the Queen. The clues that will assist your mission are hidden in a cathedral like chamber! You and your friends must uncover the clues, break out of the chamber and alert the court before the knights succeed in putting their plot to action. The fate of a monarchy rests on your shoulders!

Foil the coup d’etat and save the Queen.
Foil the coup d’etat and save the Queen.

Player review

“This was my first experience with escape rooms. I went with six other people. We did the “Save the Queen” room. I found the room challenging and enjoyable. The puzzles were well thought out and the mechanics of the room were very clever. I would recommend this room to any first-time user.”- Tom (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will require you to save the very existence of a monarchy! Can you foil the plot against Her Royal Highness in time

Gold Rush

About the experience

For over two centuries now, the temptations of gold have lured mobs to the hills of Northern California. Everyone wants to run into a pile of the shiny metal. No one was as infatuated by it as Clyde Hamilton, a gold prospector whose greed knows no bounds!Clyde’s greed helped him take up gambling, and he became an addict. Consequently, he made too many bets with the wrong crowd, and now he’s gone missing!

You’ve received a tip about the location of his gold stash, but the tip has already spread like wildfire and you aren’t the only prospect coming for the gold stash. The stash is hidden in a deserted cabin! If you succeed, you’ll be walking out with pockets full of gold! Do you have what it takes?

 Find the hidden gold stash before the others do.
Find the hidden gold stash before the others do.

Player review

“Had such a fun time playing Gold Rush! I’ve played all the games and am now playing them for a second time! It’s fun playing for the second time because I noticed even more details than the first time! Highly recommend this activity! Fun for all ages! Also, the game continues to be high quality and well maintained!”- Kathryn (Facebook)

This escape room experience will take you on a gold rush in the hills of North Carolina. Can you find the hidden gold stash before the other do!

Mission: Mars

About the experience

Embark on a space adventure as your spaceship thrusters propel you to Mars! Everything was going well but your spaceship just experienced major damage during the landing process. To make matters worse, a fatal amount of cosmic radiation seems to be heading your way! If this radiation hits the ship, the whole control system will be annihilated!

This escape room has been designed as a space ship from the star wars movies. You and your fellow astronauts have exactly 60 minutes to repair and take off if you want to flee from the cosmic radiation. Will you succeed and be on your way back or will you fail and lose your last chance to make your way back to Earth? If you’re a fan of space adventures, you can’t afford to pass up this one!

Get onboard a space ship to mars.
Get onboard a space ship to mars.

Player review

“My first escape room, and it definitely exceeded my high expectations! I did Mission Mars for my birthday this weekend with a room full of my friends. We all had a blast and it was very exciting each time we solved each step. The puzzles are dynamic and challenging but very fun to solve. We escaped too!”- Hayley (Google)

This escape room experience will take you on a space adventure to Mars!

The Hideaway

About the experience

This room takes you back to 1934 when two bank robbers and wanted criminals, decided to make an attempt to score something big. What was the big plan? A kidnapping! Their victim, Charles Ross, was a then retired CEO of a huge conglomerate in Chicago. He was taken captive at gunpoint on North Avenue, Ross spent days and days in a small cabin in Minnesota while the robbers were planning a ransom delivery.

One day Ross got the opportunity to escape, to do so, he’d have to break out of the locked room. Will he make it out or will he fall for the kidnappers ransom delivery plot? It’s all upto you now. Experience the events as they unfolded back in ’34. You and your team has the chance to live up to Ross and break out of the imprisonment.

Relive the kidnapping incident of Charles Ross.
Relive the kidnapping incident of Charles Ross.

Player review

“We would definitely go back! A group of six of us was just the right amount for The Hideaway. We could work on different things at the same time, so we didn't have to be on top of each other. It was so challenging that we didn't quite make it out, but that didn't impact the fun. The game master was great too! Helpful and even made us laugh a few times!”- Kelly (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience is based on a real story! Every last bit of your patience and cunning will be put to the test, try not to break down under the pressure!

Tesla

About the experience

Nikola Tesla was one of most brilliant kinds to ever exist. He gave the world alternating current, radio, x-rays, laser, remote control and much more! No one could fathom what exactly went through the genius’s mind. You and your friends made the mistake of trespassing onto his property, and now you must get out of there before you are locked in the facility forever!

Nikola Tesla was a man of immeasurable talent! It won’t be easy solving his puzzles and looking for clues to get out, so make sure you bring your A Game! This room has props and elements designed to look like Tesla’s inventions, which give it a very unique look and make the whole experience much more captivating. You and your friends will have exactly 60 minutes to figure out the escape route before the walls close in on you forever

Your chance to look into the life of Leonardo da Vinci.
Your chance to look into the life of Leonardo da Vinci.

Player review

“What a fun experience. We went with our three kids for my husband’s birthday and it was a blast! Roman was wonderful and only gave clues when we really needed them! Perfect family experience!”- Jennifer (Yelp)

This escape room experience will give you the opportunity to step into Nikola Tesla’s lab! It’s an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.

Secret Room of Leonardo da Vinci

About the experience

You and your friends are a group of forwarders. And as impartial the wheel of fortune is, your group was the one to stumble across a secret room. And who does this room belong to? None other than the great Leonardo da Vinci himself! This was the same exact room where he created many of his inventions and masterpieces! You were feeling lucky until you realised, you’ve been trapped! As brilliant as he was, Leonardo was also very mysterious. He’s left behind puzzles and clues that you need to unravel if you ever wish to escape!

This flawlessly put together escape room experience has some of the most interesting puzzles and riddles that’ll make sure you and your team gets the chance to work together. You and your friends have 60 minutes before the walls come closing down upon you trapping you and your friends in the room forever! It is quite simply the best escape room experience in the whole city.

Your chance to look into the life of Leonardo da Vinci.
Your chance to look into the life of Leonardo da Vinci.

Player review

“Went with husband and sons on a Saturday afternoon. We chose the da Vinci room, and although smaller in size than I expected, the challenge level was just right! Neither too hard nor too easy, we made it out in 36 or 38 minutes. We had so much fun, it was all we talked about on the way to dinner. My sons are already asking to go back so we can try the Tesla room!”-Joesphine (Yelp)

This escape room experience will have you solve puzzles left behind by none other than Leonardo da Vinci himself!

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