That Time I Was Trapped In A Room With A Zombie

Want to try something different the next time you’re in Chicago? I mean, really different? How about locking yourself in a room with a zombie?


That’s exactly what we did when we got to the Windy City. I had purchased our tickets online weeks in advance at Room Escape Adventures and we arrived bright and early (they ask you to arrive 15 minutes early to get some info and sign some paperwork). Our guide’s name was Isaac, and he was so enthusiastic and played his role so well that it really got us hyped and set the tone for the craziness that was about to ensue.


Just in case you don’t know what a zombie is


There was a full group of us and we all nervously said hi to each other as we got ready to enter the room. We could hear growls and nails scratching the door from the room next door and then something crashing onto the floor. After some last minute tips, Isaac wished us luck, led us into the room, and locked the door…


And there it was! Chained to the opposite wall, trying furiously to reach us! After the initial shock of actually seeing a zombie, we got to work. The whole point of this adventure is to work together as a team and put together the clues that are all around the room so that you can find the key to get yourself out. You’re trying to do all this without being eaten by the zombie. You have a total of 60 minutes and every 5 minutes the zombie’s chain gets a foot longer, inevitably letting it get closer and closer to you. It’s not easy. When we went at the end of October, out of the 788 people that had gone through, only 215 had escaped. That’s only a 27% survival rate!!


Now, I will be the first to tell you that I’m not really into zombies. I don’t follow The Walking Dead or watch zombie movies. I’ve got nothing against them; they’re just not my thing. But… my friend was into zombies and since it was his birthday I figured, why not? It could be fun, right? And it really was! Running around a desk and screaming bloody murder because the zombie almost grabbed my leg? Fun! Clapping and make noise so the zombie got distracted and didn’t eat my friend while he was trying to figure out one of the clues? Fun! I didn’t think I’d get into it as much as I did!


Of course, I won’t give much more away because that wouldn’t be cool. And we weren’t allowed to take pictures while inside the room. But what I can say, is that we all had a great time! My friend hasn’t stopped talking about it and said it was the best part of our weekend in Chicago. And although I learned that should a zombie apocalypse ever occur I would pretty much be useless, I will say again that it was a great time. And being trapped in a room with a zombie was…… wait for it…… to die for!!



So... We didn't make it lol
So… We didn’t make it lol


Would you get locked in a room with a zombie? Have you had a similar adventure?


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  1. Hahaha! Love it!! I don’t like zombies either… And poor Buddy!!! Did he have to suffer with you? It sounds like you guys had a blast! What a nice girlfriend you are 🙂 No, I would NEVER get locked in with a zombie… But this reminds me a bit of going to “Sleep No More,” in NYC where we went through a lunatic asylum and you must wear a mask at all times…

    Fun post 🙂

    See ya – G.

    1. OMG! Really? That sounds pretty scary too! I think you’re braver than you give yourself credit for lol Thanks for commenting!

  2. OMG!! I can`t believe it, you were actually trapped inside a locked room with a ZOMBIE!!! I think I would have died just from the shock! 🙂

    I am a huge fan of Walking Dead (actually just saw two episodes of the new season now….), so this is something that would really freak me out! Hehe, so funny that you got so into it! Sounds like you had a great time! Too bad you could not take a photo of the chained up zombie in the room. This is totally something we would love to do! Thanks for the tip!

    1. I’ve only watched a few episodes of it, but I think I’m going to have to start watching it more now! 🙂

  3. It sounds like the perfect nightmare! But clearly so much fun! I’ll pass, I think, but I’m glad you got out unscathed 🙂

  4. I think The Walking Dead is one of the scariest shows ever! I just can’t even watch it. This experience seems like it would be enlightening, though, in terms of building teamwork skills and realizing what your preferred role in a team might be.

    1. Hi Betsy! The few times that I have watched The Walking Dead I had to have the lights on lol. You’re right about the team work. Working together and communicating were essential. If I remember correctly, I believe our guide told us that a lot of companies go there as a team building event.

  5. I’ve wanted to do one of these things ever since I saw somebody post about the one in New York City! They look so cool.

    The show The Walking Dead doesn’t do much for me but my fiancé plays the video game and it’s insanely addictive! You’ve gotta wonder what’s going on in everybody’s collective psyche that zombies are so in right now lol.

    1. Hi Karyn! I don’t know what it is lol but people are really into zombies. If you get a chance to do one of these, I highly recommend it. And I’m sure your fiance would love it! 😉

  6. Not my kind of adventure, but glad you survived. I rather go see the city from the top of Willis Tower :-). Or heading to Union station :-).

    Not sure why people are so fascinated by zombies ;-).

  7. Sounds hilarious! I’m pretty sure this is the same company that has an HQ here in Bangkok now, and run their adventures here too – I almost applied for a job with them quite recently, though only now do I actually get the deal with what happens on their adventures! Great post and it sounds like you had a fun time!

    1. Hi Chris! It seemed like our guide really enjoyed his job. I’m sure he’s seen a lot of funny things from people when they’re running around all crazy. You’d probably enjoy they job there! 😉

  8. Oh wow that sounds so cool! I’m such a chicken that I’m not sure if it’s something I’d be down for…zombies are definitely not my thing…but it definitely sounds fun!

    1. Hi Sky! It turned out to be a lot more fun than I thought it’d be, that’s for sure! 🙂

    1. Hi Dana! It was a little difficult to concentrate at first, but we’d take turns getting the zombie’s attention so someone else could work on a clue.

  9. When I read the title at first I thought “huh?!?!” but that was a cool story! That sounds like a lot of fun… but I’m a bit scary when it comes to haunted houses and spooky things like that. Do you think I could manage? 0_o

    1. Hi Francesca! Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can! I can’t watch scary movies and I sleep with a night light lol

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