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An Inside Look At The Office Experience & What to Expect

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January 21, 2022

Are you interested in learning more about The Office Experience and exactly what you have to look forward to?

Whether you’re a The Office newbie, have only seen a few episodes, or consider yourself to be a The Office superfan, here’s an insider look at what’s it’s like to visit The Office Experience in Chicago, Illinois.

Created with its fans in mind, The Office Experience is an immersive experience that takes you onto the re-created sets of NBC’s hilarious comedy series, The Office.

Having recently visited The Office Experience, we’ll fill you in on exactly what to expect during your visit, share our opinion on if ticket prices are worth it, as well as give you our full and honest review.

Here’s an insider look at The Office Experience and what you can expect!

Guests who wish to enter The Office Experience Chicago are required to be fully vaccinated. Evidence of vaccination and proof of identity for those ages 16 & up is required at the time of entry, along with a valid ticket. In addition, all guests are required to wear masks.

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Photo-op at Michael’s desk

What is The Office Experience?

The Office television show is a beloved American sitcom series that depicts the everyday work lives of office employees at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The Office aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013, spanning a total of nine seasons. Reruns can be watched on TV, bought online, or purchased via DVD.

The Office Experience (created with The Office fans in mind!) is an interactive walk-through of the show’s re-created sets and features 17 rooms filled with original costumes and props.

Here, visitors can walk through the Dunder Mifflin set and Schrute Farms, as well as engage with the set via photo-ops, office games (Dunderball, anyone?), and other interactive components.

Our favorite interactive experiences at The Office Experience include:

  • Listening to the character’s voices on phone message left on the office phones
  • Opening the break room refridgerator and drawers to find silly suprises
  • Reading lines from cue cards to reinact scenes from the show
  • Completeing life-sized versions of Stanley’s crossword puzzles
  • Lifting the beets at Schrute’s Farm to hear character voice-overs
  • Viewing the timeline of Jim and Pam’s love story
  • Dancing down the aisle of the chapel where Jim and Pam got married
  • Phots-op, i.e. when Kevin drops the chili, as seen below…
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Photo-op when Kevin drops the chili

Where is The Office Experience located?

The Office Experience is a pop-up attraction that is currently debuting in Chicago but will tour to other U.S. locations in the future.

Where you’re a Chicago local or are in town to visit Millenium Park, take in a sporting event, visit one of the many attractions at Chicago’s Navy Pier, or simply feast on famous Chicago Food, The Office Experience tops one of the best things to do in Chicago.

Conveniently located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, The Office Experience is housed in a large two-story building that can be easily identified by large, “The Office Experience” signs found on its exterior.

The exact address is 540 N Michigan Ave., found on the corner of N Michigan Avenue and E Ohio Street, across from Pandora Jewelry.

Due to its central downtown location, The Office Experience can easily be visited (and walked to) during any Chicago itinerary, including when you’re visiting Chicago in winter.

The Office Experience Tickets

Tickets to The Office Experience can be purchased online at www.theofficeexperience.com. (Private access tickets, as well as corporate and private rentals, are also available.)

You can purchase timed entry tickets starting at $37.50 for off-peak times and $45.00 for peak times, plus taxes and fees.

Tickets that include a customized, souvenir employee badge start at $47.50 for off-peak times and $55.00 for peak times, plus taxes and fees.

Children 3 and younger don’t need a ticket when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Additional planning tip: Peak ticket times are all-day on weekends, holidays, and non-holiday weekdays from 5 PM onwards. Off-Peak ticket times are non-holiday weekdays before 5 PM. 

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Participate in The Office games!

Are tickets to The Office worth it?

If you’re a The Office fan and are familiar with the show, we feel that the ticket price is well worth the fun and enjoyment that you get from this experience.

Even our kids, ages 10, 13, and 15 loved this experience and the fact that they got to i.e. sit at Michael’s desk, play their own game of Dunderball, and take photos with memorable props from the show.

We spent 60 minutes walking around the sets, and another 15 minutes in the gift shop.

Honestly, we were laughing and enjoying ourselves the entire time!

If you’re not a fan of The Office or have never seen the show before, this experience may not be for you.

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Sitting at Dwight’s desk

What Do You Do at The Office Experience?

Upon entering the doors to The Office Experience, you must show a valid ticket and vaccine card for everyone in your party.

Next, you make your way through a bag check area and can store your belongings at coat-check if desired. It is in this area is where you’ll also find a gift shop if you’d like to purchase a The Office Experience T-shirt or souvenir.

Upon taking the escalator upstairs, groups are organized according to their ticketed arrival times to start their progression through the 17 exhibit rooms.

The experience starts in a re-creation of the business park’s parking lot and progresses to Pam’s desk, the main office, Michael’s office, the breakroom, Ryan’s closet, the wedding chapel, and the Dwight Schute’s farm, just to name a few.

You can spend as much or as little time in each room as you would like reading signs, viewing props, taking photos, and interacting with the exhibits.

Guests can move about at their own pace and the atmosphere is very relaxed and accommodating.

Something fun to note is there are specific photo-op areas with picture-perfect lighting where The Office Experience staff are stationed to take a photo for you (from your own camera or phone).

We love this feature as our entire family was able to be in the photos, which usually doesn’t happen.

Quotes from the show found throughout The Office Experience

Tips for Visiting The Office Experience

  • Plan to spend 60 – 90 minutes touring The Office Experience.
  • Don’t rush – All of the quotes and signs are worth reading (and will make you laugh!)
  • Bring a camea or Smartphone!
  • Coat check is available (for a fee). We did not find this necessary.
  • Bathrooms are available in the lobby and not again until after going through the interactive office rooms.
  • The gift shop has some really neat, unique items and is worth a look around.
  • The Office Experience is most busy on the weekends, so visit on the weekdays for fewer crowds.

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