The Quandary Escape Rooms - Chicago

The Quandary Escape Rooms Chicago - Jump into the Story, then Escape.

Chicago's Best Escape Room in your Neighborhood

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Our Escape Rooms

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All of our experiences are in-person

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Daniel Ching
Daniel Ching
Lots of fun and engaging puzzles.
eric wortman
eric wortman
We did the Left at Home themed room. It was really a blast and lots of clever puzzles that rolled together nicely. We'll for sure be back for the other rooms. Thanks to Mars as well for being an excellent guide.
Brendan Hegeman
Brendan Hegeman
One of my favorite escape room experiences. We did the 90s room and we loved it so much we booked another room before we left. The rooms are fun and atmospheric. Great attention to detail and fun, challenging puzzles. Can’t recommend highly enough!
The production value, the clues, and the story of "escape the 90s" and "left at home" were really great and very cohesive. When I'm able, my boyfriend and I will definitely be back for the dinosaur themed room! The staff is awesome, too! We really like this place, and were able to escape both rooms with only 2 people. If you're contemplating which escape room to go to in Chicago, definitely go with the Quandary. Believe me, I'm a bit snobby when it comes to escape rooms and I have very high standards.
Good family fun. Edit 7/2/22 This is our 2nd visit here. It's been a pleasant experience both times. Friendly staff and fun games. We payed $40 per person
John Smith
John Smith
We visited the '90s themed room. It was fun and challenging. However one of the problems we needed to solve seems like we did solve, yet it seems there was a problem with the drawer not opening (we thought we still needed to do more to get it to open). We only realized that after we ran out of time, and the worker went in and even he couldn't get the drawer to open by doing what we had done already. Who knows how much more we could have advanced or even solved the whole thing. Update: Owner reached out and rectified the situation. All is good by me. Hope to check out other rooms there in the future.
Tilo Buergel
Tilo Buergel
We just did their Escape the 90's room. Super well themed. Really needs some teamwork to acomplish. Has a lot of little puzzles that play well together, and mostly in parallel so you dont get stuck too bad. Definitely recommend!
Courtney Ivey
Courtney Ivey
The 90s escape room was a fun challenge and full of so many nostalgic details both in the clues and the decor. We loved it!

About Us & FAQ

Have you ever wanted to jump into the boots of Indiana Jones? Or how about dawn the deduction cap of Sherlock Holmes? Maybe you've always wanted to sit in Captain Picard's chair. The Quandary Escape Rooms in Chicago will give you the experiences you've always wanted.

The Quandary is an independent, immersive escape room. With stories that will make you feel like you're in a movie. Open now at the Clark/Belmont intersection in Chicago.

An Escape room is a team-building adventure game. You are placed in a themed room and have to use the clues and hints peppered throughout the space to solve the main objective, whether that be actually escaping the room or something else. Book now to start your adventure!


Can I bring my child?

Yes, our rooms are kid friendly with our most family-friendly room being Left At Home, but our recommended age for players is 10 and up (with adult participation).

Can I just drop off my kids to do the room?

No, we require adult supervision for children under the age of 18. We ain't yo' baby sitter!

What room should I book?

Click here to take our quiz to find out what room is best suited for you and your group

How long is the experience

Our games have a time limit of 60 minutes. ...or longer if you get stuck in there and can't find your way out, but we've only had a few groups to be lost for all eternity.

Why does a time say Call to Book?

That could mean a couple different things:

1. At times, our staff is "on-call." So in order to have happy and not super-stressed employees, many of our bookings close 1.5 hrs before start time. There is a chance that a happy staff member may be present at the facility, so you can call and see if a slot is available.

2. The booking is completely full and you'll need to book for another time.

Do you accept walk-ins?

Most of the time, no. But sometimes if a staff member is around and no booking is going on, we may be able to squeeze you in.

What about parking?

We don't have dedicated parking, but the pay-to-park street parking out front on Clark is almost always available.

Will I be placed with other people?

No. All of our rooms are private! You will always just be with your buddies and pals.

Can I add or subtract players after I book?

Yes! You can subtract players for a refund up to 24 hrs before your booking. You can always add players at up to the time of your booking.

Can I add more players than the max as displayed on the website?

Yes, we do allow up to 2 extra players upon request to make a total of 10 players in Left at Home and Escape the 90s, and 8 in Lab of the Lost. However, be aware that the quality of the rooms may be altered due to playing with more than the recommended players. You may book the max amount of players, and then add the extra players at the time of your booking.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule

We can cancel your booking for a full refund or reschedule for no fee anytime up until 24 hours before your booking time. We can cancel or reschedule the day of your booking, but it may result in a cancelation or rebooking fee.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us with questions or comments

Bookings available M-Th: 12p-9:30p, F-S: 10:00a-9:45p, Sun: 12p-9:30p