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ABOUT ESCAPE ARTISTRY
Escape Artistry is dedicated to producing immersive, imaginative, and innovative room escapes. Guests are given 60 minutes to work together, find the clues, solve the riddle, get the key, and escape. Escape Artistry offers story-driven puzzles that teach you about the world, the people in the room with you, and yourself.
We are the sister company of Room Escape Adventures, which produces ‘Trapped in a Room with a Zombie’ and ‘Trapped in a Room with a Zombie II: Still Hungry’. We are dedicated to working with local artists and organizations, working with local charitable organizations to create unique fundraising events, and fostering a community that values education, curiosity, creative problem solving, tolerance, and empathy.
Escape Artistry is built on three E's:
Equality - You are our neighbor on this orbiting rock and by that virtue alone we want you to have a wonderful experience with us. We are thrilled to time travel with you regardless of your color, culture, wealth, age, gender, who you marry, who you vote for, who you pray to, or if you pray at all. As long as you show the same respect for your fellow Escape Artists, you are always welcome here.
Environment - You will find all types of clues and interesting things as we explore the history of Chicago together, but trust us - you won’t find another planet Earth. We have a responsibility to take care of it.
We are proud to artistically create every set, puzzle, and prop using recycled, post-consumer, or environmentally friendly materials despite the added cost and labor of our tree huggery. When you support us, you are supporting our unique and creative commitment to sustainability.
Education - Creative minds conquer problems and transcend social barriers. Solving problems in close proximity dissolves fear, stereotypes, and even our own vanity. We support local efforts to improve education and conversation between all walkers of life.
If you have a new idea of how we can help in this social endeavor, please let us know!
Master of Mayhem
Maren Rosenberg is our Master of Mayhem and the owner of Escape Artistry. She’s a Chicago based actor, playwright, and producer who has been ‘locked’ in the Room Escape/Exit Games industry as a producer and designer since 2013 (with no intentions of escaping any time soon). Maren has a BFA in Acting and Theatre Arts from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the former Executive Producer for Room Escape Adventures which produces ‘Trapped in a Room with a Zombie’ and ‘Trapped in a Room with a Zombie II: Still Hungry’.
Officer of Obstacles
Melissa Schlesinger, the Officer of Obstacles, is a multi-disciplinary creative mercenary specializing in MacGyvering and magic. A product of the midwest, she earned her BS in Theatre Production from Bradley University with a minor in Studio Art. After creating haunts, stage designs, and working with Maren at Room Escape Adventures, she is excited about creating a completely interactive world.
Controller of Chaos
Grace Pisula, the Controller of Chaos, is Escape Artistry’s Webmaster and Digital Media Producer. Grace has a BA in Interactive Media from Bradley University in 2013. Today, she is a freelance photographer and filmmaker.
Houdini the Pidgeon
” Coo coo coo Cooo COOO *feather ruffle* coo coo. Cooo coo coo”
Which is pigeon for:
Houdini (the pigeon) is a Master Escape Artist. Houdini is here to help all Escape Artistry guests feel welcome and have fun.
OUR FLAGSHIP LOCATIONS
Escape Artistry began with “The Railcar” experience, which continues to delight participants today. Our Time Gallery location opened in January 2017 and features five new thrilling time-warping experiences! Travel back to important points in Chicago history, save the day, and escape!
Future plans for "The Railcar," as well as the upcoming experiences offered in "The Time Gallery," will soon be going off the rails and onto the road. Festivals, conventions, fairs, and private events will soon be offered.
CUSTOM ESCAPE EXPERIENCES
Escape Artistry can be contracted to build and operate a custom room escape experience for your next:
- In-house team building event
- Workshop/teaching event
- Special event or product promotion
- Personal or professional party or event
- To inquire about a custom event, please contact us through our contact page
Nonprofits We Are Proud To Have Worked With
American Cancer Society in Chicago
American Red Cross
Austin Multiplex High School Art Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC)
Chicago DanzTheatre Ensemble
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Labette County Community College
Emerald City Theatre
Partners & Friends
Aaron Moring-D'Angier and the GCE Lab School Game Design Class, Alex St. John, Arianna Brown, As You Like It Hair Design and Gallery, Brent Schmitt and Bricks Incorporated, Brittany Love Smith, Bucket List Productions, Celine Zaphiratos, Conrad Szajna and Formed Space, Cora Kilcoyne, David Broughton, Derik Marcussen, DonnaAnn Carie, Drew Cohen, Elizabeth Coughlin and Rossi the dog, Ellie Torrell, Emma Sharp, Eric Luchen, Eric Martin The Underground Professional, Eric Reading, Frank Llaneza, Frank N. Nielsen III, Freedman Seating Company, Halcyon Theatre, Harmony France, Isaac Samuelson, Jackie Snyder, John Jones, Jojo Baby, Josh Adler and Piccolo Theatre, Justin White and Daring Escapes, Justin Zerza, Keith Burman, Kevin Borgia, Kirk Gillman, Laura Miller, Marge Coughlin, Marty Lee Parker, Matthew Grimm, Meg Bleeker, MGR Brae Farm, Nicholas Spence, Nicole Baich, Nina D'Angier, Noah Craft and Craft Lighting, Pat Fries, Pete Mug, The Prop Theatre, Ronen Kohn, Room Escape Adventures Chicago, Rupert Murray and Sound Investment Audio, Ryan Salone, Lindsey Salone, And Escape Hour Charlotte, Samantha Garcia, Sammi Grant, Sean McGill, Shawn Coughlin, Sheridan Singleton, Stage Coach Players, Tatjana Moffitt, The Den Theatre, The Plagiarists, Teatro Vista, Victoria Alvarez-Chacon, Wain Parham, Will Dean, William Stapleton.
Escape Artistry is a proud member of the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.
Can’t get enough art? Not ready to leave the Flatiron? Our neighbors at Collaboraction are always offering amazing live theatre. Check them out before or after you ride ‘The Railcar’ Visit www.collaboraction.org to learn more.