The Railcar

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The Railcar

  • Played November 2017
  • Chicago

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-10 players (12 if private party)
  • $30.27 per person
  • For all ages (under 16 accompanied by an adult)

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Escape Artistry is located in the popular “Wicker Park” neighborhood of Chicago. There is plenty of street parking but be aware to read the parking signs carefully and paid parking is Monday thru Sunday. The building is clearly labeled and it is one of the few buildings that survived The Great Fire, just ask Sweetheart to tell you the story! You can take the elevator which is an experience in itself or walk up the stairs to the 3rd floor. Follow the signs, it’s just a pre-game of finding clues (you’ll know once you see it). As you walk through the endless corridors enjoy the local art, please be aware that Escape Artistry doesn’t control the artwork however we enjoyed it very much! There is also a cat that lives next door, the owner leaves a toy so you can play with them. There is seating outside of the room if you arrive early and then there is seating on the platform before you board the train. There is also a phone charging station for your use while playing the game.

One thing we love about Escape Artistry, is that they have a passion for supporting their community. They employ local residents, they use primarily recycled materials, and they reinvest in other local businesses. They make us proud! The Railcar was the original escape room to Chicago a few years ago and when you look at the outside of the railcar, you can see the love and care that went in to making it. It looks like what you think a future “el train” would look and we were excited to board the train!!

Our game master for The Railcar, Sweetheart, was amazing. As with other Escape Artistry game masters we’ve met doing other rooms, Sweetheart remained in “character” the whole time. This, coupled with the pre room video made for great atmosphere and got us ready to escape the speeding train. The puzzles in this room were brilliantly done, but make sure and bring along ALL types of puzzle solvers and thinkers because they have every kind of puzzle you can think of, lots to do! There was one “puzzle” towards the end of the experience that left us speechless. This room is GREAT for beginners and experienced players, but we would recommend at least 6 players for this room.

Did we have fun, heck YES we did. Even though the train didn’t physically move it felt like it did and we hope you will have the same experience we did riding (and escaping) The Railcar!!

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