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Info, Guidelines & Policies Regarding User-Submitted Reviews

User Review Policies

PLEASE NOTE: Only registered, logged-in users can rate or review escape rooms on this site! Once you have logged in, choose the escape room* you want to review or rate.

  • To rate an attraction, select a star from 1 to 5 (1 is lowest, 5 is highest).
  • You can only rate each escape room once.
  • All reviews submitted are checked and approved by ChicagoEscapeRooms.com staff.

*To choose the escape room(s) you want to rate/review, you can either use the Search Box there on the right (or below on mobile devices), or go to the Escape Room listings page and simply scroll to the attraction(s) you’re looking for.

TIPS ON WRITING A REVIEW THAT WILL GET PUBLISHED:

  1. Please be as descriptive as possible when entering your review. Reviews that consist of little more than comments such as “great”, “horrible”, “fun”, “we go every year”, etc. don’t really give our site users any meaningful info; they’ll be looking to your reviews for information and guidance about Chicago’s escape room attractions, so when writing your review, think about what you’d want to know about the attraction you’re reviewing.
  2. Understand the difference between a review and an opinion. An opinion is how you feel about something; a review is an opinion that you can back up with examples, anecdotes and/or facts. We favor reviews over opinions while acknowledging that it can be hard to tell the difference. Loved a escape room and want to tell the world? Great! But if all you can manage is “It was awesome – everybody should check it out!”, well, that’s not a review. That’s your opinion, and without giving your opinion any kind of context, it’s kind of useless to anybody that doesn’t know you (like the users of this website) – tell us why it was awesome. Why should everybody check it out?
  3. Be specific about what you like and don’t like. This gives our readers a frame of reference for what you think is entertaining and fun, and is more likely to help somebody make an informed decision about what escape room(s) to visit.
  4. Be careful using absolutes like “the greatest” or “the best” or “the worst”. Unless you’ve been to every escape room in the area, you can’t know that. “The worst I’ve been to” or “the best experience I’ve had” are more reasonable, again providing context for what you’re saying.
  5. Don’t end your review with something like “save your money and go to [insert competing attraction name here]” or “[insert competing attraction name here] was way better!”. If you want to put in a good word for a escape room, write a positive review for it; don’t try to make your favorite attraction look better by ripping on its competition. Such comments will be stripped out of a review if possible; otherwise, the review will simply be rejected.
  6. Submitting a negative review? Consider also writing a positive one for a escape room you liked. We get 5 negative reviews for every 1 positive, which makes it hard to provide a clear and balanced view of the escape rooms out there.
  7. Be respectful of the people you’re writing about. The owners, operators and staff at escape room attractions are human beings just like you. As such, reviews which insult or belittle attraction staff will be rejected. Don’t Be A Monster!
  8. Angered by a review you read? Think it’s unfair? Rather than emailing us and chewing us out over a review we didn’t write, consider writing your own review and setting the record straight!

Submissions

If you have a news item or upcoming event of interest to Chicago's escape room enthusiasts, you may post it yourself HERE; an Admin will review and approve it shortly!

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What Is an Escape Room?

According to Wikipedia: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are "locked" in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues and escape the room within a set time limit.

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