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Puzzle Rooms Reopening

With the governor’s go-ahead, wannabe heroes can now return to the North Loop to prevent doomsday devices from going off, or maybe save the Queen’s realm– or accept other puzzling missions that await them inside the Trapped Puzzle Rooms in the Itasca Building, below ACME Comedy. 

During the two COVID shutdowns of 2020, operators were forced to take their puzzle-solving games online with audio instructions, but starting Thursday, January 14th, they’re resuming in-person visits at 25% capacity, meaning only one of their four rooms will be used at one time.

“We have our schedule spaced out so groups never ever come in contact with one another as they’re coming or going,” said manager Brian Walpole.

When guests arrive, there’s no longer any face-to-face contact with staff, masks are required and surfaces are sanitized after each visit.

“It’s really caused us to pivot and think on our toes,” said Walpole, “but luckily as a puzzle company it’s just full of people who are into that sort of thing.”

Advance reservations are required for the puzzle rooms, and they can be booked on Trapped’s website.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association

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