BY JORGE SIDRON
Reed Travel Features
CHICAGO -- Skyline Multimedia Entertainment Inc., a New
York-based company that develops and operates virtual-reality
entertainment centers, is bringing its technology to the Woodfield
The company said it signed a 15-year lease agreement with
Woodfield Associates to open a virtual-reality entertainment center
at the mall.
The lease encompasses approximately 21,000 square feet,
patterned after Skyline's XS New York entertainment center in the
heart of Times Square.
"We are confident that Chicago is the next step toward
developing Skyline attractions in cities around the world," Zalman
Silber, Skyline president and chief executive officer said.
The project will be known as XS Chicago and is scheduled to open
Plans call for a themed environment with futuristic graphics,
life-like characters, specialty lighting and audio and visual
The center will feature at least six virtual environments, each
showcasing the company's latest software and hardware.
Plans also call for a flight-simulation attraction that will be
similar to Skyline's New York Skyride in the Empire State
It also will offer a Cyber/Internet Cafe, where clients can surf
the Net while eating a light lunch.
Woodfield Mall is the largest tourist attraction in Illinois,
drawing more than 18 million visitors last year.