1543 W Division St Chopin Theatre ()
The Last Defender is one of those things that's difficult to describe because it's so unique and amazing -- an interactive game/puzzle/escape room with a high-stakes plot, where all 16 participants are working together to save the world. It fuels you with adrenaline and stimulates your intellect and problem-solving skills in a totally fun and enjoyable (though occasionally stressful) 90 minute adventure. I had a blast and also I totally wanted to sit and have a cocktail after and talk about the experience.Jamie
The experience is so immersive - from the emails you get before, to the uniform/jumpsuit you wear, to the physical design of the room - but it feels cool and not kitschy (a tough balance to strike).
This is the perfect activity for Chicago locals or visitors. I've played with friends and with strangers, and I'm coming back a third time with coworkers.
Side note - Also a great first date if you want to see how someone collaborates with others and solves problems in a high-stakes environment!
Join the elite Defenders team of Cold-War era operatives. With every inch of Defender HQ designed to ignite your imagination, you'll work to uncover clues and solve puzzles in small and large teams. In the end, you'll all have to make a tough choice about how to save the world from nuclear war.
Created by a theatre company, this fully designed, immersive world features costumed players, fully automated room responses, custom designed arcade terminals, and more how-did-they-do-that magic than any other room in Chicagoland!