Press About Escape Artistry

  • Wicker Park, Bucktown businesses to use employees to patrol streets Escape Artistry - Maren Rosenberg Chicago Tribune

    Wicker Park, Bucktown businesses to use employees to patrol streets

    The Chicago Tribune interviews our very own Maren Rosenberg about a new rebate program that allows local business to get involved in patrolling areas of Wicker Park and Bucktown. The program will be organized by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and focuses on promoting safety in the community.

    Maren says "It’s important for us to take the time to physically walk through the street. While safety is a concern, it’s so much more than that, it’s welcoming people to the neighborhood, giving directions … doing things preventatively, rather than waiting until a crisis occurs to call in (help).”

    Read the full article on the Tribune website.

    Escape Artistry - Maren Rosenberg Chicago Tribune

  • Cast your Vote in the Time Out Chicago Love Awards Time Out Love Awards - Escape Artistry

    It's time for the Love Awards!!

    Time Out Chicago is asking the public to vote for their favorite local spots in the city - from music venues to places to drink in the sun! Other categories also include shops, club/party, landmarks, LGBTQ hangouts, restaurants, parks, culture spots, movie theaters, and coffee places. We are thrilled to have been nominated as one of the city's favorite culture spots. So if you also love our games, visit Time Out Chicago and cast your vote!

    Things you should know:

    You get one vote per category - that's 12 votes! To participate you need to be logged in to Time Out. You can either create an account using an e-mail address or connect via Facebook, Google, or Twitter.

    Time to Vote

    Visit Time Out Chicago Love Awards web page. Use the interactive form to start casting your votes!

    Vote Escape Artistry - The Railcar in Landmark category.
    Vote Escape Artistry - Time Gallery in Culture Spots category.

    Thank you for supporting local business in Chicago. We love you!

  • Chicago's Best Escape Rooms to get Locked in Right Now

    Chicago's Best Escape Rooms to get Locked in Right Now

    by Sam Greszes

    Remember those old, poorly translated browser games from, like, a decade ago? You know, the ones where you're trapped in a room with a screwdriver, a paperclip, and five marbles, and you have to escape in 30 minutes before a bomb goes off or something? You should really play some.

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  • Timeout Chicago lists Escape Artistry as one of the best room escapes in Chicago

    Timeout Chicago lists Escape Artistry as one of the best room escapes in Chicago. November 7, 2017

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  • Roaring Dan's Pirate Dungeon review by ESC Room Addict

    Roaring Dan's Pirate Dungeon review by Escape Room Addict

    "Without giving anything away, there was an amazing and logical flow from the briefing video to the room itself.  " Click here to read more...

  • Operation G.R.A.N.I.E. review by ESC Room Addict

    Operation G.R.A.N.I.E. review by Esc Room Addict

    "The set was very realistic. Imagine walking into the stereotypical grandma’s house—you’re picturing the set. The materials used, for the most part, were authentic..." Click here to read more...

  • Sustainable Dystopia: Room Escape Design with a Message

    Sustainable Dystopia: Escape Room Artists at Up The Game Room Escape Conference

    Escape Room Artists came to play our original escape game The Railcar last year. They recently published a video from their talk at the Up The Game room escape conference back in May. Hear what they had to say about Escape Artistry's unique approach to room escape design with a message. Click here to read the full report from Escape Room Artists.

  • The Role of Small Business in Social Change

    Insights from Maren Rosenberg and Melissa Schlesinger of Escape Artistry (Wicker Park)

    When it comes to social change, we all have a role to play in creating the kind of world that we want to live in. Businesses have a role too. We've all heard the buzzword. "Corporate Social Responsibility." More often than not just lip service to the idea of community development. Maybe a day of service.

    But what does it look like when a business is built around the principle of making its city a better place for everyone? What does it look like when "social responsibility" isn't tacked on as an afterthought, but is actually the whole point? If these are the types of businesses you strive to support, look to Escape Artistry. Click here to read more...

  • Brian Noonan Radio Show 7/2/17: Escape Artistry

    Maren Rosenberg and Melissa Schlesinger from Escape Artistry stop by to discuss their new “escape room” games located in Wicker Park. In addition to The Railcar, which Brian and his producer Cody Gough played a year ago (and talked about on the air), Escape Artistry has added a number of historically themed escape rooms to The Time Gallery. Click here to Listen...

  • Wheels/Transportation: Escape Artistry- The Railcar

    Dawn & Chris try a transportation-themed escape room at Escape Artistry. With only 1 hour and the clues that are hidden around the futuristic railcar, the group of strangers has to work together to solve puzzles and ultimately escape before their train crashes into downtown Chicago! Click here to watch the video...

  • Meet Maren Rosenberg of Escape Artistry in Wicker Park

    In December of 2013 I worked to open Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, the first room escape in the City of Chicago. In 2014, I traveled across the US, opening other Zombie rooms – managed the Chicago location, and oversaw the managers of other locations. Click Here to read more...

  • Fun and Challenging! Operation G.R.A.N.I.E. at Escape Artistry

    A special agent has gone off the grid and retired agents, like Granny, are being reactivated to help find her. A metal container which holds the key is locked shut by 9 different locks. The combinations and keys can be found by searching the room for clues. Click Here to read more...

  • 12 of the Best Places to Meet Singles in Chicago

    Another escape room venue makes our list! With Escape Artistry, you’re going to be given 60 minutes to find your way out of a locked room that is filled with puzzles that drive a story forward. These stories are intended for teaching your something about the world, the people in the room, and yourself, so it is going to be truly a learning experience. Click Here to read more...

  • Jake's Takes at Escape Artistry's The Time Gallery

    Fox News sends Jake of Jake's Takes to the Time Gallery for live coverage of ongoing escape games on April 5, 2017. Click Here to watch the video...

  • Gamer's Strategy @ Escape Artistry

    Gamer's Strategy @ Escape Artistry

    Students in the Game Changers class have been pursuing the question, how can you harness the power of play?. More specifically, students have been taking a closer look at the thought process behind creating a game during the second unit of the course.  In pursuit of an answer, students have been playing and analyzing a range of games. As a part of this investigation, students took part in The Railcar escape room at Escape Artistry, a company dedicated to producing immersive, imaginative, and innovative escape rooms. The students were given 60 minutes to work together, find clues, solve the riddle, get the key, and escape. It was a truly unique and immersive way to learn about game development and strategies.

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  • 9 things to do in Wicker Park and Bucktown this weekend

    Get Trapped In a Room. The Escape Artistry team has added a second "escape room" in addition to its popular Railcar. In the immersive "Doll Killer," guests are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to work together on solving a murder mystery. Click Here to read more...

  • Escape Artistry is excited to announce the opening of its second location: The Time Gallery

    The Time Gallery is dedicated to protecting Chicago history. The new facility is located at 1342 N. Milwaukee Avenue – 2nd Floor just minutes away from Escape Artistry’s first room escape experience – The Railcar.

  • The Dollhouse: Uncover the identity of a glam, B-horror movie slasher!

    The Dollhouse: The divine nightmare known only as ‘The Dollhouse Killer’ has sewn a series of psychotic murders. Unravel the mystery and unveil their identity before you are cast in their sinister series. Click here to read more...

  • Puzzling in Chicago. A handy guide from the mystery league.

    Our friends at Escape Artistry — producers of the highly successful Railcar escape game — have just announced their newest endeavor, The Time Gallery. It's five escape rooms in one place, each a dive into the past or future. Click here to read more...

  • 14 Things to do in Wicker Park/ Bucktown without stuffing your face.

    Love can get tricky. So, what is better than showing your partner or friends how smart you are when trying to get yourself out of a difficult situation such as Wicker Park’s premier escape room! Click here to read more...

  • Spiel Chicago Episode 13 – Maren Rosenberg

    Maren Rosenberg is a local performer who moved to Chicago after a stint as an artist in residence in the West Bank.  Now her company, Escape Artistry, is opening a second location this year featuring five new room escape events.  What is a room escape?  Listen in to learn about it as well as Maren’s time as an artist in residence overseas....

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  • Escape from the L with Brains, Not Brawn

    “Please, everyone, there’s no need to panic. We’re going to get you out of here,” blurts a disembodied voice in a Chicago accent as thick as Ditka’s mustache. I’ve just paid $30 to be locked inside a convincing facsimile of an L car crammed into a small studio in the Flatiron Arts Building in Wicker Park. In the distance, the sound of the actual train heightens the authenticity. My companions are five 20-something bros geeked to get their neurons firing during a nerdtastic bachelor party.

    We’re only 10 seconds into our joy ride when things abruptly go off track. The lights flicker, and a shadowy computer-hacker character appears on a fuzzy TV screen to deliver the bad news: Due to some sort of postapocalyptic catastrophe, we’re speeding toward certain death. Our only chance for survival is to solve the riddles scattered around the train car. We have 60 minutes, which begins … now...

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  • Rose Phillips

    Wow! Hop aboard Escape Artistry's escape room in Wicker Park, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave! They are a locally grown (which we love) and built their railcar using recycled material (which we also also)! Book your spot today!...

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    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...

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  • Escape Room Challenge in Chicago

    Shortly after we take our seats inside a room that looks eerily like an L train car, the lights go out. A few seconds later, a video screen illuminates the darkness. A man tells us that our train will crash in exactly one hour unless we solve the puzzles hidden around us to get the key to our escape. Then the screen switches to a digital countdown clock, and the lights return.

    I look at the strangers to my left, and my husband at my right. What now?...

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  • Escape Artistry – The Railcar

    Made entirely out of recycled and reclaimed materials, we had to escape a railcar set in the future after Chicago’s third fire. The world had burned and people had to rebuild with what was around.

    The Railcar was built as a proper railcar within their facility. The doors opened like a railcar, it was shaped like a railcar, and it looked like a railcar – inside and out...

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  • Get Locked In A Room For Fun: 4 Escape Games To Try In Chicago

    A room escape game is exactly what it sounds like: a game in which you're locked in a room, and you have to figure out how to get out. You have one hour. (For some reason, the time frame is always one hour.) These games are sort of like going to a jail where jailbreaks happen hourly—spooky, but not too spooky, because the space is littered with clues to help you escape. Often, you'll stumble on helpful letters from fictional people, or a riddle whose answer unlocks a combination lock, or just, randomly, a key...

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  • Escape The Railcar: A mental maze for group fun

    CHICAGO -- It takes wits, communication, and a sharp mind … and still that may not be enough, to Escape the Railcar.

    Escape Artistry's rail car is inside the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park is an adventure for corporate team building, date night, family game night and even charity fundraisers.

    Ten brave travelers step onto a Chicago railcar for a commute that is like none before. There are no stops and it is up to them to make out alive...

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  • Brian Noonan Show 6/26/16: Pride Parade, Lucas Museum, and Escape Artistry

    Brian attended the Chicago Pride Parade for the first time—and he had a great time marching with the WGN Radio crew! Hear him recount the tale before discussing the recent news of Chicago losing the George Lucas Museum. Then, Brian welcomes Maren Rosenberg and Melissa Schlesinger of Escape Artistry into the studio to talk about their “escape room,” which he and his producer Cody had the opportunity to experience over the weekend. Hear about the behind-the-scenes of the escape room and whether Brian and Cody “escaped” from it within the 60-minute time limit! Brian and Cody talk a bit about their experience before turning their attention to a new segment “Swords in the News,” followed by Karen Conti joining the program to talk about the Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit before answering legal questions from listeners...

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  • New Wicker Park Show Traps Patrons in Simulated 'L' With No Easy Escape

    WICKER PARK — Imagine being trapped in a train and having just a single hour to escape during a futuristic Chicago setting.

    That's the premise of "The Railcar," a new "room escape" play in Wicker Park's Flat Iron Iron building that will require patrons to be part of the immersive action...

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  • 'Escape rooms' opening up across Chicago will lock you up for fun

    Behind the door of a room in Wicker Park's historic Flat Iron building are five friends who are trapped, desperate for means of escape. They jiggle combination locks, testing one permutation after another. They mutter riddles under their breaths. They study complex diagrams. They trace their fingers across the walls, feeling around for hidden clues.

    "It's a math problem!" shouts Nina D'Angier, after cracking a clue. "Hey, Math Guy, come here." She tosses a marker to her husband, Aaron, the group's math expert, who begins scribbling numbers on a white board...

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  • No Escaping the Logistics: “Room Escape” Theater Business Faces Challenges From the Start

    Maren Rosenberg has a puzzle for you. But she’s also got one of her own.

    Rosenberg, Master of Mayhem/Principal Producer, has been working with a team of creative professionals to open Escape Artistry, featuring “immersive” room escapes: games in which participants use elements within one room to solve puzzles, find clues and escape the room within a set time limit...

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  • Neon - What Getting Locked in a Room Taught Me About Fundraising

    The timer on the bomb had seven seconds left. Our team was working furiously to get the control panel off the bottom of a railcar seat. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t escape in time.

    Last night, several members of the NeonCRM team attended a new form of entertainment called an escape room. These are events where either you and strangers or (in our case) a team of co-workers band together to solve puzzles to achieve the ultimate goal of unlocking the door and getting out...

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