What is Fox in a Box - Chicago?

Fox in a Box - Chicago is a premium provider of room escape games for team building. Participants sign up for a "mission" (a live experience with a particular theme), are placed in a room and are given 60 minutes to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and hopefully succeed in their chosen mission.

How much does it cost?

Price varies based on the number of players. The minimum online pricing is $99 for up to 3 players. Every additional player is charged $33. Corporate pricing is higher. Please also be aware that once the booking is confirmed, refunds and cancellations are not accepted. Bookings cannot be rescheduled less than 72 hours in advance. We accept all major credit cards and PayPal accounts. Last minute additions and walk-ins may also pay via these methods on site.

How should I prepare?

This is an activity, and everything you need to do it will be provided. A few key notes:
  • Dress comfortably. You will be moving around, and you will get excited. Stilettos, haute couture and too much perfume are not going to work out.
  • Speaking of stilettos, no tools of any kind are necessary. Electronics will be stored safely for you, and weapons are not allowed in the facility.
  • This is about using your mind and communicating clearly with the rest of your team. Participating under the influence will not help and is strongly discouraged. Anyone ascertained as being "too much under the influence" will be asked to leave the premises. You will be stimulated enough without the need for further stimulants.
  • You will need to sign a release form before participating. It can be filled out before you arrive here
If you're looking for more pointers, check out Escape Rooms 101 by Scott Nicholson. It's an excellent introduction to the genre and what to expect.

What time do I need to arrive?

Please arrive at the appointed time for your game. We do budget some leeway, but if you show up more than 5 minutes after the appointed time, you risk forfeiting part or all of your time slot. This is because each mission rotates on a 90-minute cycle; we cannot cause delays for other teams following yours. You will need a few minutes to check in and deal with any last minute restroom breaks. Then 5 minutes will be dedicated towards an introduction which includes the scope of your mission plus rules of the game. Each mission lasts up to 60 minutes (less if you escape early). After the game, another few minutes are set aside to take your team photo; most teams also want to talk about their specific gaming experience. The whole event lasts 80-90 minutes.

Team sizes

Team sizes can range from 2 to 6 players. The ideal group is between 3 and 5 players. While two people can play, it is much harder to achieve a mission, but you will enjoy it regardless.

If you're a larger group (7+), we recommend splitting into multiple rooms. That way everyone still has plenty of fun.

If you have 7-10 players and really, really do not want to split up, on Saturday nights we offer our corporate popup room in a meeting room of our own. It does not have the decorative level of our regular rooms, but is very fun for a larger group looking to compete. Book here

Accessibility and special requirements

Our rooms are designed with accessibility needs in mind; people who are mobility-challenged and require the aid of a wheelchair or walker can fully enjoy our games. Our missions do not involve any real fear factor so are suitable for pregnant women or those who scare easily. Seats are readily made available in the room(s) if a team member needs to rest for a while. In summary, while you won't be physically challenged you will be mentally challenged, so prepare for that. If you have any special considerations or questions, do not hesitate to email info@foxinaboxchicago.com for more information.

Age limits

Due to the complexity of the missions, the minimum recommended age of team members is 15. Teams with one or two children 12-14 are welcome to play as long as they include at least one of their parents/guardians. Children 7 years and up have been able to contribute to tasks by finding clues. Younger children generally don't understand the details of each mission and won't be able to solve puzzles, but they still often love the scenery and the experience inside the room(s). However, more sensitive types have been known to be disturbed by the sound effects, lighting or timing so parental discretion is advised for ages 7-12 -- particularly in The Lab. Groups with children under 12 are required to have at least 1:1 adult:child ratio. Release forms will need to be filled out by a responsible adult for every participant under 18 prior to participation.

Are players locked in the rooms?

No. Fox in a Box - Chicago has taken the live "room escape" to the next level and missions go beyond a simple escape. Teams need to succeed in a thematic mission, accomplishing many tasks along the way. The room door is closed yet unlocked the entire 60-minute session. Those attempting to escape from The Prison, have a "panic button" which will unlock their cell in the event that claustrophobia or another emergency occurs, however this action will forfeit this particular game. If an unexpected restroom break is required, participants can exit and return back to most games, the exception being prematurely unlocking the cell in The Prison.

Team building events & venue

Fox in a Box - Chicago is an excellent choice for corporate or educational team building events for groups of up to 24 (or 48 with some extra splitting). Team members have to work together and use logic, creativity and communication skills to overcome problems and "escape." As a paid option, your Human Resource manager may sit with our Room Master and observe the game in order to garner insight into team dynamics. Fox in a Box - Chicago really is the ultimate team building venue!

Email info@foxinaboxchicago.com for further information on corporate or educational team building events.

How to get to Fox in a Box?

We are located on the lower level of the historic Dearborn Station in Chicago's Printers Row neighborhood just south of the Congress Parkway. Our address is 47 W Polk Street, Suite L5, Chicago, IL 60605.

Public transport:
  • Subway Red Line: Exit at Harrison station at the southern exit, and you are on W Polk Street.
  • Subway Blue Line: Exit at LaSalle station and walk 2 blocks south to W Polk Street.
  • Elevated Orange and Green Lines: Exit at Roosevelt station and walk 2 blocks north to W Polk Street.
  • Elevated Gold, Pink, Purple Express and Brown Lines: Exit at HW Library and walk 3 blocks south to W Polk Street.
  • Bus Lines 6, 22, 24, 29, 62 and 146 have stops within a few blocks or yards of W Polk Street.

Divvy Bike: There is a Divvy station at Polk & Dearborn, immediately adjacent to 47 W Polk Street.

Taxi: Chicago offers several taxi services including Uber. Check listings on-line.

Car: Metered street parking is available at a cost of $4/hour for up to 3 hours. All day "stack" parking is available behind the building (pricing varies by the demand/whim of the attendant). SpotHero.com has numerous nearby options showing a map with price for the duration you require.

Do you sell Gift Certificates?

Need a unique gift for a special occasion? Fox in a Box gift vouchers are the answer! If you give an experience like Fox in a Box - Chicago to your friends, they will be forever grateful (even if they do not escape!). They can be purchased directly here. Gift vouchers are valid for up to 5 years after their purchase date.

Are reservations required?

Yes. Same day bookings are sometimes available, but walking in is very much at your own risk especially on weekends. If you cannot use the website to book or see availability, call 312-878-7899.

Can I host my children's birthday there?

While some children under 15 can be effective at helping a primarily adult group solve problems, we do not recommend Fox in a Box escape rooms for groups of children under 15.

Fox in a Box is fully booked up, how can we play?

Fox in a Box - Chicago has a waiting list where you can put your contact information to be notified if there is a cancelation. Also, weekday availability generally opens up a few weeks before game time. And all bookings are blocked off more than 8 weeks ahead of time. If you are interested in booking more than 8 weeks out, you can call us at +1 312 878 7899 to set up a corporate booking.

Is this scary/gory?

The emphasis in all of our rooms is on having fun, so dramatic tension, surprising sound effects and ominous music are definitely used. Those of a particularly sensitive nature (like my 9 year old daughter), might be scared or disturbed. As for gore, in the case of the Lab, there will be some blood (this disturbed my 9 year old daughter) and some periods of darkness. In the case of the Prison, you will be locked in (albeit with a "panic" button which lets you completely out). The Bunker is an attempt to save the world from nuclear annihilation which some might think of as scary (my 9 year old daughter was all good). And if you are unsure about breaking into The Bank, please know that our guards are not armed and the worst (or best) thing that might happen is that you are sent to The Prison (extra charges and pre-arrangements are required). There is no live zombie in the room with you.

What if I need more time?

Unfortunately, standard bookings are for 1 hour. That said, sometimes groups are determined to finish with absolutely no hints and seemingly no limit on the clock. In this case, they should book back to back rooms (e.g. two bunker sessions in a row). We will just let them stay until they are out of reservation time, or until they make their escape. Naturally, this must be booked beforehand to avoid inconveniencing other guests.

Do you buy your room designs?

All of our rooms come from the Fox in a Box franchise based in Hungary. So, if you have not played at a Fox in a Box (or at Room Escape Los Angeles, by Fox in a Box), you will not have played our rooms. (For those who are curious about why this question even exists, many escape rooms purchase rooms from design vendors, change the names and so on. And for people who have played many escape rooms, it's quite possible that those players will experience the exact same room albeit with a different name. As you can imagine, this is a frustrating experience for all parties.)