Want to pretend you’re on ‘The Office’? Here’s your chance to visit Dunder Mifflin.

Pam’s reception desk, Dwight’s stapler in Jell-O and Michael’s “World’s Best Boss” mug are all on display at the interactive museum in Chicago.

Jim’s desk Office Experience
You can take a seat at Jim's desk and pretend you're on staff at Dunder Mifflin at the immersive Office Experience museum in Chicago. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Jim’s desk Office Experience
You can take a seat at Jim's desk and pretend you're on staff at Dunder Mifflin at the immersive Office Experience museum in Chicago. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ

Want to pretend you’re on ‘The Office’? Here’s your chance to visit Dunder Mifflin.

Pam’s reception desk, Dwight’s stapler in Jell-O and Michael’s “World’s Best Boss” mug are all on display at the interactive museum in Chicago.

Fans of The Office, rejoice. Starting Friday, you can sit at a replica of Michael Scott’s desk and pose for that Instagram shot. For $37.50 (or $45, depending on the time and day), plus taxes and fees, you can visit The Office Experience, a pop-up museum of sorts for people who love all things Dunder Mifflin.

The Office Experience is located in the space on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile once occupied by former fast-fashion giant Forever 21, which I frequented as an early-career cog at the Tribune Company just across the street. The Trib Tower itself kicked out its journalist tenants in 2018 and is now a luxury condo building. But I digress.

The interactive experience is a joint venture between Universal Live Entertainment and Superfly X, which recently produced The Friends Experience in that same space. Stacy Moscatelli, the company’s co-president and chief strategy officer, told WBEZ The Office was a natural successor. The series, which had a passionate fan base from its television run, has been gaining new audiences and became the most streamed show in 2020.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to give fans the first time to step into Dunder Mifflin,” Moscatelli said at a media preview of the space this week.

In these strange pandemic times, Superfly X and Universal are banking on people to get out of the house and visit what’s essentially a 2000s replica of a regional office of a mid-sized paper company. What a time to be alive. Not to worry — masks are required, the number of visitors is tightly controlled and there are plenty of hand-sanitizing stations on hand.

There’s a part of me that knows The Office Experience is a cash grab that capitalizes on people’s obsession with TV shows and posting stuff on social media. But another part of me — the one that crushed on early-aughts John Krasinski, the one that still watches The Office every now and then to numb myself from the horrors of each day — was happy to pose like a dweeb at Michael’s desk and ask the poor PR rep to take a pic of me. Superfly X, you sly fox, maybe you can do Squid Game next.

Anyway, below are some photos from the media preview. The Office Experience will run through Jan. 17, 2022. Tickets are available here.

The Office Experience
The Office Experience is located at The Shops at North Bridge on the Magnificent Mile at 540 N. Michigan Ave, in the space once occupied by Forever 21. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
counter where people can buy badge
For $15, you can take a driver’s license-type photo at this counter and take home a souvenir Dunder Mifflin employee badge. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Dwight Schrute Car
The office ‘parking lot,’ with space for just one car — Dwight Schrute’s. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Stapler in jello
Ye olde stapler in Jell-O. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Office
Wide shot of the office. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
view from reception desk
The view from Pam Beesly’s desk. Each character’s space has plenty of details to delight ‘Office’ nerds. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Michael Scott’s office
Michael Scott’s office. This portion is one where visitors are allowed to take their masks off for a photo. Many of the characters’ desks also have phones that visitors can pick up and hear soundbites from the show. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Hand sanitizer
Lest you forget we are in COVID times: one of many hand sanitizer-and-wipes stations throughout the space. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Crossword
The Office trivia crossword for fans of Stanley to fill out (dry-erase markers provided). Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Talking heads recording station
Fans can record their own ‘talking heads’ footage using the provided cue cards and phone camera stands. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
reams of paper
Dunder Mifflin’s slogan is ‘Limitless paper in a paperless world.’ Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ
Woman spilling chili
Kevin’s giant pot of chili. Esther Yoon-Ji Kang / WBEZ

Esther Yoon-Ji Kang is a reporter for WBEZ’s Race, Class and Communities desk. Follow her on Twitter @estheryjkang.