‘The FRIENDS Experience: The One in Chicago’ brings the beloved TV show to life

Ever wondered what it would be like to pull up a chair in Monica’s spotless kitchen, grab a coffee at Central Perk, or kick back a recliner with Chandler and Joey? We found out earlier this week when we checked out The FRIENDS Experience in Chicago. The pop-up experience gives fans the chance to step inside their favorite TV sitcom and laugh their way through favorite scenes.

The Friends Experience Chicago
Photo by Brooke Geiger McDonald.

Created by Superfly in partnership with Warner Bros., the immersive experience, which was previously on display in New York City and Boston, opened Oct. 1 at The Shops at North Bridge on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The experience, which has previously features sets, original props, merchandise, and those all-important, uber-Instagrammable photo ops (because you can’t plop down on that iconic orange couch and not Instagram it, right?!).


Masks are required and guests undergo a temperature screening and pass through a physically distanced queue before entering the walk-through FRIENDS experience. Painstakingly recreated sets include Monica’s and Rachel’s kitchen, Central Perk, Joey and Chandler’s apartment, and even Monica and Rachel’s balcony, where a hilarious photo op lets guests take their turn at poking Ugly Naked Guy to make sure he’s OK.

Original props like clothing and scripts and displays like a series of Magna Doodle messages from the back of Chandler and Joey’s door and an homage to Rachel’s VERY LONG letter to Ross (“18 pages! Front and back!”) will have diehard fans channeling their inner Janice and yelling “Oh. My. Gawd!!!”

It’s Not Just Clean… It’s ‘Monica Clean’

Guests are encourage to take advantage of the many photo ops, and anything that’s hands-on gets swiftly sanitized afterwards, so you can rest assured you’re touching a clean surface when you recreate the famous “Pivot!” scene in the stairwell.

Even the sanitation measures get a fun Friends spin: It’s not just clean, it’s “Monica Clean.”

Plan Your Visit

General admission tickets are $35 per person and are sold by date and time to safely control capacity. Private Access tickets are also available to groups starting at $350/group and give groups access to the experience before it opens to the public. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to My Block, My Hood, My City, a nonprofit giving opportunities to Chicago’s underprivileged youth.

Guests who don’t have time for a visit can still check out The FRIENDS Experience Store for official merchandise, from T-shirts and Spirit Jerseys to a “Crap Bag” tote and Hugsy plush. In other words, that’s holiday shopping for Friends fans sorted. Admission isn’t required to visit the store.

To buy tickets or learn more, visit The FRIENDS Experience.

This article originally appeared in Better.


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