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Enjoy news and posts about Wheaton's first escape room. We hope to share our excitement of the newest growing form of entertainment since the release of Wii! Escape rooms are a fun interactive event to be shared with family, friends and co-workers.

Wheaton’s Escape For Fun to open second escape room

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | Eric Schelkopf  mySuburbanLife.com

(Eric Schelkopf – eschelkopf@shawmedia.com)

WHEATON – Starting in February, those who stop by Escape For Fun at 314 S. Main St. in downtown Wheaton will have even more opportunities to enjoy the challenge of escape rooms.

Escape For Fun owners Mark and Lisy Murman of Wheaton in February plan to open a second escape room at the business, which opened its doors in January 2016. In a escape room, participants are given 60 minutes to solve clues and puzzles in order to escape from a locked room.

There is growing interest in escape rooms these days.

“Business has been great,” Lisy Murman said. “Escape rooms appeal to both gamers and non-gamers.”

Escape For Fun’s current escape room, The Chamber, revolves around a medieval theme. Those who participate in the business’s second escape room, Mission Critical, will have 60 minutes to infiltrate a mad scientist’s office and lab and deactivate a bomb.

“I think the demand is there,” Mark Murman said. “I think people loved the first room. It’s kind of a logical progression for expansion, since you don’t really get repeat customers. So the only way to get anybody back is to either change a room around or add another room.”

Plans are for the second room to open the first week of February.

“I think it will give people a nice variety,” he said.

In addition, the first room might receive an update in the next year, Mark Murman said.

“We’ll keep it the same theme, but I imagine there will be all new clues,” he said.

He said business has been picking up in the last three months as people seek out escape rooms.

“There’s definitely demand,” he said. “People are just finding out what these things are all about. It’s definitely a growing segment of the entertainment market.”

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ESCAPE ROOMS GROWING IN POPULARITY, ENTERTAINING THOUSANDS

In a world where everyone has their head stuck in their phones, there’s a new trend catching like wildfire… they’re called escape rooms.

WPTV West Palm Beach,

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – In a world where many people have their eyes glued to their phones, there’s a new interactive experience that requires brain power and teamwork. It’s called an ‘escape room.’

You and your friends or maybe a date go inside a locked room and your goal is to get out by solving clues.

I tested it at “The Great Escapist” of West Palm Beach.

The entertainment center has 5 rooms, each of them with different themes.

I chose the “Classroom of Doom” and “The Escape Room Bomber.”

During each challenge teams are given 60 minutes to solve the puzzles hidden inside.

Dr. Lawrence Weinstein went through his first escape room in 2014; six months ago he opened “The Great Escapist.”

Weinstein says around the world there are more than 1,400 escape rooms; he believes the hands-on experience draws people in.

“It’s more interactive, you actually have to communicate with people. So other than going to a movie or a sporting event, here you’re part of the movie, part of the drama.”

Team building is the ultimate goal. Companies have found the experience valuable and they too are joining in on the action.

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WEST SUBURBAN HIGH FIVES

Celebrating Successes, Glancer Magazine

Happy New Year to you and yours! All of us at Glancer Magazine are very excited for 2016 and all that is planned for each issue. As you turn the pages you will notice many new features along with changes to some existing features– including my Editor’s Note. In keeping with the core of our publication, which is celebrating the faces and places of our community, I will now be dedicating my monthly column to exciting happenings around the suburbs. Please join me in this month’s HIGH  FIVE by visiting a mentioned business, congratulating a featured resident or sharing these good news stories with another member of the community.

IN WHEATON– High five to Escape For Fun, Inc., the new hot spot in Wheaton that opened this month. Get ready for The Chamber, a medieval themed room, where up to 10 people are “locked in” and must solve puzzles, riddles, codes and clues in order to find a series of keys and ultimately escape. The catch is that you only have 60 minutes to do it. This sounds like it would make for a great Team Glancer outing!

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