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Best Murder Mystery Events In Chicago

By Natalie Kuchik

Whether looking to attend or host your own, these are the best murder-mystery events in Chicago. All the parties will have you join in on the fun of trying to figure out who caused the crime. Murder-mystery events are fun to enjoy in all types of settings including parties, corporate events and date nights. There is a wide selection of venues and companies that host murder mysteries in Chicago so you are bound to find one that piques your interest. Just remember, the best murder-mystery events always involve a lot of audience participation so do not shy away from becoming involved.

Union Station
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Murder on the Train
Union Station
201 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606
(773) 267-6400

If you are looking for a full day of adventure, then Murder On The Train is the best murder-mystery event in Chicago to attend. Every Saturday at 3 p.m., people board the mystery train at Chicago's Union Station to begin a whirlwind of events. During the train ride, patrons will try to solve not one, but three murders. Included in the $139.50 per person ticket price is lunch or dinner, and dessert. If you need a little liquid courage to get into the sleuth mindset, the train does have a cash bar available. The murder-mystery train will take you to Milwaukee and back to Chicago within a six-hour time span.

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Murder in the Mansion
Gold Coast
113 West Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 777-5000

One of the best and oldest murder-mystery events in Chicago is hosted inside a mansion in the Gold Coast area. Since 1970, Amundson Murder Mysteries has been hosting murder-mystery events, which helps to solidify that they are one of the best in the business. Upon arrival, you will be given a new identity and clues of who was murdered pre-arrival. Yes, this Chicago murder-mystery event starts right off the bat with someone already slain, but you do get to sit in on the reading of their will. Throughout the event there will also be two more murders, which means there will never be a dull moment. You and other guests will investigate the murders and everyone, including you, will be a suspect. Tickets are $95 per person, and advanced reservation is required. The ticket price also includes lunch or dinner, and dessert. If you are looking to bring a big group of friends, they offer private parties every day of the week.

Murder Mystery Company
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Totally 80's, Totally Murder 
O'Malley's Liquor Kitchen
3551 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(888) 643-2583

Dinner and a show just got a little more interesting thanks to The Murder Mystery Company's comedic and interactive performance of Totally 80's, Totally Murder. Dust off those clothes from the eighties and enjoy a neon-filled evening of who-done-it. The person with the best detective skills first to figure out who the murderer is will win a prize. The show runs from April to August and sells out fast, so make an online reservation well in advance. Tickets are $70 per person and that price includes a three-course meal, so no snacking before attending this murder-mystery event in Chicago. If you are looking to host an event, The Murder Mystery Company in Chicago has you covered. They will perform at small parties, corporate events and kids parties. You get to choose a pre-packaged theme which includes Of Sound Mind and Dead Body, Santa's Slain, Till Death Do Us Part and Murder at the Masquerade.

Jest Chicago Murder Mystery

Jest Chicago Murder Mystery
(888) 234-9984

This company offers Chicago residents the chance to host a murder-mystery party that is interactive and comedic. Nine different shows are offered, but not all are offered year round. Spice up your holiday party with The Christmas Killer or your Halloween party with The Haunted Hunter. All of the shows will have you and your friends playing a role in the murder mystery, which means you will get a new identity for the performance. Each show is semi-scripted which gives audience members a chance to participate on a high level. If looking to book a murder-mystery event in Chicago with Jest, you will need to contact them by phone or email.

Murder Mystery Players Inc
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Murder Mystery Players, Inc.
(773) 259-4927

The Murder Mystery Players, Inc. in Chicago have been honing their skills since 1987. This murder-mystery company specializes in hosting corporate event murder mysteries, but also caters to private and kids parties. If you are looking to host a private party or corporate team-building event, they can customize a performance or script to fit your needs. For corporate events, they offer team-building exercises, improv comedy sketch and an interactive murder mystery that has colleagues working together to help solve. The murder mysteries they create are designed for all ages, so you can make it a family event.

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Natalie Kuchik is a longtime freelance writer living in Chicago. She enjoys interviewing bands, reviewing concerts, and writing about all things entertainment related. Her work can be found at

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