After three years in Flossmoor, Time Quest adding escape rooms in Homewood

Looking for a fun outlet after a long day? Time Quest escape room in Flossmoor may be the perfect spot for you. 
  Time Quest's Homewood 
  location will be at 18205
  Dixie Highway.
(Photo by 
  Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Owner and south suburban resident Latrese Fenton created her escape room to help locals let loose after work or school. Fenton and her family experienced an escape room for the first time a couple years ago and she has been in love with them ever since.
“My family and I went to an escape room together and we had a complete ball,” she said. “We realized, however, that we unfortunately did not have any escape rooms in the south suburban area, so I decided to open one.”
Fenton opened Time Quest three years ago. Besides the Flossmoor location, at 19730 Governors Highway, Fenton will soon be opening a second set of escape rooms at 18205 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
According to the Time Quest website, an escape room “is a physical adventure game, in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit."
The games are physical versions of "escape the room" video games. Games are set in a variety of fictional locations and are popular as team building exercises.  What seemed to begin as a fun investment is turning into a multiple location career. 
Fenton has high hopes for her escape rooms and set her sights on opening escape rooms across the country.
“I have goals for my escape rooms that I want to meet,” she said. Her future plans include opening escape rooms in Las Vegas.

And she is very excited about the H-F area's second Time Quest.

“Our new Homewood location is going to be located on a really busy street and so the visibility is going to be great," Fenton said. "The visibility is really important so people who are even just walking down the street will notice it.”
Time Quest also advertises on Facebook and Google to help spread the word about its rooms and locations,” Fenton said. 
Escape rooms are slowly becoming one of the most popular forms of entertainment among young people today.
According to the Time Quest website, the earliest escape room was created in 2006. By 2010, they were in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Israel and mainland China. Permanent escape rooms in fixed locations were first opened in Asia, followed later in North America, Europe and other parts of the world. 
With escape rooms appealing to younger people, Time Quest’s hours must reflect its audience. Time Quest is open Fridays from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Homewood location, when open, will have the same hours. 
Time Quest is also open for business during the week by appointment.
“Our hours are meant to align with prime time,” Fenton said. “That’s when people really want to do escape rooms."
During the weekday appointment hours, “we get a lot of corporate groups, teachers and students,” she said. School groups – teachers, students and after-hours programs – are common during the school year. Members of scouting groups have also participated, Fenton said.
“So we are open anytime, but it is by appointment,” she said. 
Rooms can be reserved and booked through the links located on the Time Quest website under the “book your quest” tab.
 “The largest party we can take is probably about 45 people,” Fenton said. “Of course, we would have to split them up into separate rooms, but we have actually had a group of 45 here before and they used all three rooms at one time.”  
Fenton is adding two new rooms to the Flossmoor Tmie Quest.
“We have two brand new rooms coming in the next two weeks and we are open year-round,” she said.
Time Quest offers a unique set of escape rooms, Fenton said.
“All escape rooms have their own twist to them, but Time Quest really does have its own unique qualities that are unlike others,” she said.

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