What does it mean to be a “Family-Friendly” Escape Room?

What does it mean to be a “Family-Friendly” Escape Room?

Where Escape Rooms Started.

The premise of escape rooms is simple; you and a team of friends are locked in a room filled with puzzles, tricks, and mechanisms and you have one hour to escape. Originally in the U.S., this idea came out of the haunted house industry. The rooms had themes about serial killers and kidnappers. They would include entrails hanging from the ceiling and, in one unfortunately memorable room that our designer played, a pile of leavings that one had to fish through to acquire a critical object.

How Escape Rooms began to evolve.

Gradually, the concept evolved to include zombies, bank heists, and creepy old mansions. Whether it’s who killed the heir apparent of old man Wadsworth’s fortune, snagging the prize while eluding capture by the guards, or curing the zombie apocalypse, the pressure is on! These rooms often rely on some degree of outside knowledge—things like how to read the periodic table, how to open an old-school safe, or how to decipher a family tree.

Elmhurst Escape Room is family-friendly!

At Elmhurst Escape Room, you won’t find any of these themes. We know that people of all ages—and all levels of comfort with horror—can enjoy puzzles. So, our rooms are about the challenge and the fun, rather than an atmosphere of fear or tension. We keep our rooms free of gore and guts, minimize scares, and use puzzles that don’t require outside knowledge. We also inspire a spirit of fun racing against the clock, rather than holding terrible doomsday scenarios over your head if you don’t quite manage to make it out in time. Our rooms are never locked, and you are never locked in. Your task is not to escape, but to find a missing object, a keyword, a treasure, and you are free to step out to take a call, use the restroom or just take a break if you like—though, of course, time keeps ticking!

This is what it means to be family-friendly; an approachable, enjoyable game, with stakes low enough to keep your heart rate in check and puzzles enough to bamboozle your brain. In short, if you love using your wit and are a proficient reader, our rooms are for you!

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Is Elmhurst Escape Room near Chicago?

You’ve probably thought about our number one question, “Is Elmhurst Escape Room near Chicago?” Yes! We’re easy to access by public transportation or car, and there’s so much more to do in Elmhurst City Centre!

Get here via public transportation

The fastest public transportation is to take the Metra Union Pacific West line out of Ogilvie Transportation Center to Elmhurst. It is approx. 24 minutes one-way from OTC to Elmhurst, and the one-way full-price fare is $6.25. Elmhurst Escape Room is less than one block north of the Metra Station.

Get here via car

Elmhurst Escape Room
152 North York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126

There is ample free street parking around Elmhurst Escape Room. 

If you’d like the peace of mind of a parking garage, there is a free-for-3-hours parking garage just around the block from Elmhurst Escape Room. Point your navigator to Addison Parking Deck 135 N Addison Ave in Elmhurst. Take the elevator in the Northwest corner of the building (to Addison Ave) down to the street level. Now you’ll head around the block! First, turn right out of the garage. Then take a right on 2nd Ave. Finally, take another right onto York Ave at Starbucks (open until 9 p.m.) and Elmhurst Escape Room is the door just before Classic Cinemas York Theatre.

What else is there to do nearby?

With more than 50 places to eat and well over 100 shops, services, and museums, Elmhurst City Centre is the thriving heart of the area. If you’re looking for breakfast before one of the noon games we recommend visiting Stray Hen Cafe. And if a meal and a beer is more your style, we enjoy Beerhead Bar and Eatery. For those with a sweet tooth, nothing beats the selection of ice cream and treats at Kilwins.

Check out all that Elmhurst City Centre has to offer by browsing their directory!

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With an ever-changing set of seasonal rooms to keep you coming back and nearby food and drink to make it a fun and filling adventure, we’re proud to become your favorite escape room near Chicago.