5 Thrilling Escape Rooms for Chicago Families

Escape rooms are the latest attraction sweeping Chicagoland and it’s a no-brainer why they’ve become so popular. The main idea is to work together as a team by solving puzzles in order to “escape” from a room you’re trapped in. To make it even better, these local escape rooms have designed special themes perfect for your tweens and teens.

Mobile Room Escape

  • Address: 4838 W. Patterson Ave. #1, Chicago

Why drive around town, when an escape room adventure can come to you? That’s exactly what Mobile Room Escape does by rolling up to your desired location with escape room trailers catered to anyone as young as 7. The theme, “Down Periscope,” turns kids into sailors on a mission to save their submarine.

EscapeHouse Chicago

  • Address: 54 E. Ontario St., Chicago

EscapeHouse Chicago brings fun for all ages. Families with younger players (aka Junior Spies) experience rooms designed for ages 8 and up. Try out the “White House” challenge where players become secret service agents and must stop a missile strike heading directly to the White House. These “Family Mission” times occur from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays and 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Vault Escape Room

  • Address: 3234 Harlem Ave., Riverside

Your younger kiddos can play, too. Vault Escape Room’s room — “The Genie’s Lamp” — has a playable mode for children 4-9. With an adult player required for kids under 10, this child version is 45 minutes long and kids can receive extra help along the way for a better chance to escape.

Escape Artistry

  • Address: 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Learn fascinating facts about Chicago while locked in the rooms at Escape Artistry. For example, “The Railcar” escape features a CTA-style commute gone wrong; you have to stop the train in order to save the city. With no minimum age for participation, the room’s difficulty can also be adjusted upon request to make it exciting for the entire family.

Noggin Builders Kid Escape Room

  • Address: 1515 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook

Noggin Builders, a hands-on science center in Northbrook, recently opened a kid-friendly escape room at Northbrook Court. Players ages 5-10 can discover clues and solve puzzles while learning about science concepts. The theme — “The Lab” — involves players helping Professor Quarkenstein find the ingredients for his formula.


This article was originally published on June 6, 2018. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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