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Thrillist: Chicago's Best Escape Rooms to Get Lost in Now

Don’t be fooled. Escape rooms aren’t just for cheesy team-building retreats hosted by trendy internet start-ups. For video game lovers, puzzle solvers, lateral thinkers, and folks that find it just-so-satisfying to hear the tumblers click into place as a safe unlocks, escape rooms are one of the most fun things to do in Chicago. Luckily, the escape room boom hit our city hard, and there are plenty of great, unique spots to choose from. These are the best.

Finagle Your Escapes Through Different Periods of History

Escape Artistry is a Chicago escape-room mainstay, for good reason. Their “Railcar" escape room is not just impeccably designed with amazing puzzles but features an honestly great story to boot. Our favorite attraction is the Time Gallery; a collection of five distinct escape rooms, each taking place in a different era of American history. Save the world from nuclear destruction in 1954, take down John Dillinger in 1934, or escape ruthless turn-of-the-century Lake Michigan pirates in 1908. Just be sure to have an array of time puns at the ready when the hosts tell you how long you have left to solve the puzzles.

Escape Artistry

The Time Gallery: 1342 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
The Railcar: Flatiron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Ste 350, Chicago

Choose Your Mission! 

At Escape Artistry, our escape rooms are "Chicago Original." All 6 of our games are handcrafted by local Chicago artists with custom puzzle games you won't find anywhere else! 

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