• ESCAPES

    at the Chicago board game cafe

    Now booking January - March, 2020

  • THE ESCAPES

    The Last Defender

    Now booking January - March 2020

    Mondays - Wednesdays at 5pm & 7pm (January only)

    Thursdays & Fridays at 7pm & 9pm

    Saturdays at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm & 9pm

    Sundays at 12pm, 3pm & 5pm

    Nova to Lodestar

    Now booking January - March 2020

    Mondays - Wednesdays at 5:30 & 7:30pm (January only)

    Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 & 9:30pm

    Saturdays at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 7:30 & 9:30pm

    Sundays at 12:30, 3:30 & 5:30pm

  • BUY TICKETS for an escape room

    Choose your escape room and how you'd like to play.
    Now booking January - March 2020

  • To book both escape tickets and dinner with the Game Cafe, first complete your ticket purchase and then follow the Game Cafe links in your confirmation email to choose a prix fixe dinner or regular reservation.

    The Last Defender individual tickets

    Evenings and Weekends

    $39-$49 per ticket

    You'll play the game with strangers (unless you scoop up all 16 tickets). By the end, after saving the world (or not), you'll be friends.

    The Last Defender private buyouts

    Weekday daytimes

    $800

    Instant booking for 8 to 16 players for a private game experience Mondays through Fridays.

  • Nova to Lodestar individual tickets

    Evenings and Weekends

    $39-$49 per ticket

    You'll play the game with strangers (unless you scoop up all 16 tickets). By the end, after rescuing each other from the vastness of space (or not), you'll be friends.

    Nova to Lodestar private buyouts

    Private games on weekday daytimes

    $800

    Instant booking for 8 to 16 players for a Private Game experience Mondays through Fridays.

  • Sponsors of the Escapes by The House Theatre of Chicago

    Mark & Wendy Campana

    Renee Duba & James Clancy

    Scott Hughes

    Samantha Lidecka

    Carol & Dean Schroeder

    David Shapiro and Mark Losher

    Jordan Shields & Sarah Donovan

    The Last Defender and Nova to Lodestar are created by artists of The House Theatre of Chicago

    Written and Directed by Nathan Allen

    Game Design by Sandor Weisz

    Production Design by Lee Keenan

    along with

    Melissa Torchia, Costume Designer; Joshua Horvath, Sound Designer; Sarah Espinoza, Sound Designer; Lucas Merino, Video Designer; Eleanor Kahn, Properties Designer; Ben Wilhelm, Software Architect, AJ Jordan, Graphics; Matthew Muñiz, Composer

  • The Escapes are produced by
    The House Theatre of Chicago

    amazing feats of storytelling

  • ABOUT THE HOUSE THEATRE OF CHICAGO

    The House is Chicago's premier home for intimate, original works of epic story and stagecraft. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform.

     

    The House was founded in 2001 by a group of friends to explore connections between Community and Storytelling through a unique theatrical experience. Since becoming eligible in 2004, The House has been nominated for 70 Joseph Jefferson Awards (24 wins) and became the first recipient of Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theater Award in 2007, and was recently awarded a 2014 National Theatre Company Grant by the American Theatre Wing (best known as the founder of the Tony Awards).

     

    The 18th year of original work is underway and The House continues its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.

    WE ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

    The House Theatre of Chicago is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and is proud to present original plays and immersive events in service of its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of community through amazing feats of storytelling. All tickets and donations to our organization support our core performance programming and new play development, enhancing the cultural landscape of Chicago for its residents and visitors. Driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform. Support our efforts to serve our community with experiences of epic story and stagecraft with your ticket purchase or charitable, tax-deductible donation today.

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