meet our (creative) regulars: puzzler Sandor Weisz

Mystery in the Galleries

Mystery in the Galleries is a two-hour escape room, played at a table. The game is centered around a floor plan for The Institute of Steganographic Arts, where you work. One day, a new shipment arrives with 26 new pieces, by five revered artists. But there’s a problem: all the title cards have become detached from their art.

You have just two hours to match up titles with art, before the museum opens for the day. Little do you know that you are about to get some troubling news — one of the pieces is not what it seems.

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Creatures on the Loose!

Ten terrible creatures, each from an alternate dimension, have been let loose to wreak havoc on our town. The culprit’s identity and motives are unknown. Hunters have been on the case, snooping around town and collecting evidence. But they too have vanished, leaving just their locked briefcases behind. You will need to break into the briefcase, find the creatures, and figure out who is causing all this mayhem.

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“I get my best work done at The Coffee Studio. The coffee is delicious, the chairs cozy, the staff friendly, and the wifi ample.”

- Sandor Weisz

Sandor Weisz is the commissioner of The Mystery League. He builds puzzles and games for corporate team-building. His clients have included Google, Accenture, The Field Museum, Chicago Architecture Foundation, The University of Chicago, The House Theatre, The Art Institute of Chicago, Cards Against Humanity, and others. He has been making puzzles and puzzle hunts since he was a teenager. He is also a frequent contributor to the NPR Sunday puzzle. He publishes a new puzzle every weekday on Twitter at @pzlr and every other week on The Mystery League newsletter. He teaches puzzles, games at The University of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. He lives in the Edgewater neighborhood with his wife and two kids.

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meet our (creative) regulars: writer Kim Brooks

"Small Animals interrogates how we weigh risk as parents, how we judge one another's parenting and what the costs might be--not just to parents, but to children, too--of a culture of constant surveillance." ―New York Times Book Review

“Kim Brooks is a terrifically talented writer whose fiction is ambitious, sophisticated, and psychologically discerning. Her fluency in the language of complex relationships and dark psychology brings to mind the work of Ann Beattie, Mary Gaitskill, and Alice Munro, and her sense of story the work of Tobias Wolff and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Such combinations are difficult to beat.” —Ethan Canin, author of New York Times bestseller America America

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About Kim

Kim Brooks is the author of Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, an NPR Best Book of the Year, described by the National Book Review as “an impassioned, smart work of social criticism and a call for support and empathy.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New YorkMagazine, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Magazine, Salon, Buzzfeed, and other publications. She has spoken as a guest on CBS This Morning, PBS Newshour, 20/20, NPR’s All Things Considered, Good Morning America, the Brian Lehr Show, and many other radio shows and podcasts. Her novel, The Houseguest, was published in 2016. She lives in Chicago.


-Motherhood in the Age of Fear, New York Times, July 27, 2018

-Parents Who Pay to Be Watched, The Cut, August 28, 2017

-The Emancipation of the MILF, The Cut, New York Magazine, May 18, 2017

-A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Mom, The Cut, New York Magazine, April 12, 2016

-"I'm Having a Friendship Affair," The Cut, New York Magazine, December 22, 2015

-Why Parenting Advice is so Hard to Take, The Cut, New York Magazine, June 22, 2015

-The Struggle to Reclaim Parenting, Buzzfeed, April 21, 2015

-"What a Horrible Mother." Salon, April 20, 2015

-The Day I Left My Son in the Car, Salon, June 3, 2014