Escape Rooms in Chicago: Gaming in Generation-Z
Post-millenials find Chicago hard to resist
In a recently-published article, the author makes an argument that Chicago is one of the nicest places for millennials looking for their first job. Some of the reasons Generations-Z’ers seem to love it so much is that there are always more companies looking to hire new blood, people actually seem to be very nice, the food is great, you don’t need a car to get around, housing and other costs of living are affordable, and there’s always an endless amount of things to do and places to visit. Judging by the type of gaming experience escape rooms provide and the sheer buzz they’ve generated in social media and a bevy of blogs, post-millennials are flocking to escape rooms in large numbers.
The Escape Room Anomaly
With post-millennials making their voices heard in all aspects of American culture, a fast, emotionally-stimulating new type of lifestyle has become prevalent across the country—as well as the majority of the civilized world. You’d expect the new, Internet/reality-crazed generation to be completely cut off from any semblance of logical thinking and puzzle solving skills. Surprisingly enough, it’s this very post-modernist culture that has produced a hybrid between the gaming world and board games known as the “Escape Room.”
Emergence of Escape Rooms in the Windy City
The first escape rooms arrived in Chicago in 2016 and have since become a mainstay on the city’s hip culture scene. Most of them can be found in the upscale neighborhoods where people have money, and are likely to spend it on activities like attending theater plays and going to the Art Museum.
We did some research and found out that 8 out of the top 10 Chicago-land escape rooms listed on TripAdvisor are located within a one-mile radius. That one mile is known by Chicagoans and the outsiders amongst you as the “Magnificent Mile” and features just about all of the city’s most exquisite clothing and jewelry stores.
But then, there are a bunch of escape rooms in the downtrodden corners of the city: places not nearly as chick and high-caliber. The ones off the beaten path are just as popular and bring in a nice amount of tourists—and income to go along. In short, the escape room industry is alive and well in the City of Broad Shoulders.
On your next visit to Chicago, do the things you’ve always loved so much: check out a Cubs or Bulls game, visit Navy Pier, have brunch on the 95th floor bar/observatory of the Hancock Building, but this time around, make sure to take part and get immersed in one of the Windy City’s newest, up-and-coming attractions: the escape room!