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Level 257 to Host Celebration of PAC-MAN's 35 Iconic Years in his Chicago Home - Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Worldwide video game phenomenon PAC-MANTM was born on May 22, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. This May, the household name and highest-grossing video game of all time will be celebrating his 35th birthday. Level 257TM, NAMCO USA INC.'s brand new dining and entertainment concept inspired by PAC-MANTM, is proud to be the official global headquarters for the celebration on Friday, May 22nd, and Saturday, May 23rd, 2015.

For one extravagant weekend, Level 257TM invites PAC-MANTM fans to join them in celebrating the legendary video game in 1980's style. Free bowling and games await PAC-Fans all day Friday and a special event on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIP's, DJ and live performances of the 1982 hit song "PAC-MAN Fever" by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia. Bowling, table tennis, air hockey, classic video games and of course, PAC-MANTM will all be free to play. Prestigious Chicago bakery Toni Patisserie will present the official birthday cake to PAC-MANTM.

Pixels - Official Trailer (HD) - Summer 2015.

The celebration will kick off with a media panel discussion on Friday, May 22nd at 2pm, featuring notable players and celebrities in the history and future of PAC-MANTM, including Professor Toru Iwatani, leader of NAMCO's development team for the original PAC-MANTM game and currently featured as a character in Sony Pictures' upcoming movie Pixels. There will be another panel, followed by meet and greets, solely for fans on Saturday, May 23rd at 11:30am. Among these industry luminaries are Billy Mitchell (e-sports icon and the first person to chomp up a perfect score on the PAC-MANTM arcade game), Walter Day of Twin Galaxies, and other special guests to be announced. Media and fans will get the answers to questions they've always dreamed of asking and gain behind-the-scenes insider knowledge.

General admission to the event on Friday is free and includes all gameplay and bowling for free, a DJ and live performances, competitions, plus a few surprises. VIP tickets are also available for $35 per person, and includes a private "yellow tie" reception from 7-8:30pm with passed appetizers and two beverages, a meet & mingle with industry VIP's, limited edition swag, birthday cake and games. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-pac-mantms-35th-anniversary-at-level-257-tickets-16508171385

Saturday's fan panel discussion is free to enter and likely to fill up quickly. Fans will also have the chance to meet with their video game heroes for signings and photos. Throughout the weekend, guests can also view Pixels movie props, special clips, and footage as well as try the brand new Pixels game from Bandai Namco Entertainment.

For more information, please call Level 257 at 847-805-0257 or visit www.level257.com.

About Level 257™
Inspired by NAMCO's most famous creation PAC-MANTM and named for the legendary level 256 PAC-MANTM 'split' screen that few have ever experienced, Level 257TM is a multifaceted urban-chic space where food takes center stage and play is encouraged. The experience is all about being social - through food, drinks, nostalgia, and a little bit of friendly competition. The venue will continuously evolve; creating a destination that turns convention on its head to celebrate the culture of play. The dining experience is orchestrated to bring contemporary food and spirits to old school play.

The venue enables guests to dine and play without borders! Food and beverage service is available everywhere, with attentive waitstaff stationed throughout the venue.
For more information, visit www.Level257.com or call 847-805-0257.

Level 257™ is a trademark of NAMCO USA INC.
PAC-MAN™ & © BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

About Pixels
Pixels is an upcoming 2015 American 3D science fiction action comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures, 1492 Pictures and Happy Madison Productions. The film is directed by Chris Columbus. The screenplay is written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling and a screen story penned by Tim Herlihy and based on Patrick Jean's 2010 Internet short film of the same name. Pixels stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, and Jane Krakowski.

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. Directed by Chris Columbus, the screenplay is by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling with a screen story by Tim Herlihy, based on the short film by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

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Woodfield Mall Announces Two New Retailers: ivivva athletica and Zara

Woodfield Mall recently announced two new retailers scheduled to open this year -- ivivva athletica and Zara. The stores are scheduled to open on the upper level of the Nordstrom wing.

The youth brand ivivva athletica, created by lululemon athletica in 2009, will offer young girls ages 6 to 15 a wide selection of dance and athletic apparel, including sports bras, tank tops, leotards, jackets, shorts, crops, pants, skirts and accessories. ivivva athletica is expected to open later this summer.

Zara is scheduled to open this fall and will offer on-trend apparel for men, women and children, such as outerwear, dresses, trousers, blouses, footwear, accessories and more. Zara is a Spanish clothing and accessories retailer based in Arteixo, Galicia, founded in 1975 by Amancio Ortega and Rosalía Mera. Zara is the flagship chain store of the Inditex group, the world's largest apparel retailer. The fashion group also owns brands such as Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Uterqüe, Stradivarius, Oysho and Bershka. Zara currently has stores in Chicagoland at Block 37 and on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.

Woodfield Mall recently announced the opening of Fly Zone at Kids Foot Locker and the first-in-Illinois location for SIX:02, Also Flight 23 at Footaction, Eyebrow Designer 21 and rue 21 will be opening soon.

The announcement of these stores, and the others coming soon, coincide with the continuation of Woodfield Mall is undergoing a significant renovation with a modernized look and new flooring.

The $13.9 million renovations involve ...

 • Futuristic glass railing will replace bricks walls that block sight lines.

 • New white square ceramic flooring

 • Upgrades to seating areas

 • New carpet on the upper levels * Improved, directional signs

 • Majority of the work will be on the first floor or main floor

All work is being completed with minimal interference for shoppers. Much of the work begins immediately after closing time for the mall. Construction is scheduled to be completed during late 2015.

For more information, or a complete list of retailers, visit the official Woodfield Mall site, www.shopwoodfield.com or call (847) 330-1537.

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Five New Retailers Arriving or Already Open this Spring at Woodfield Mall

Five news store have opened or are about to open at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg ...

1) Fly Zone at Kids Foot Locker, a dedicated Nike and Jordan Brand experience inspired by many of today’s athletes, recently opened at Woodfield Mall. Kids have a chance to explore customized displays and mementos from their favorite Nike and Jordan athletes -- Lebron James, Chris Paul, Michael Jordan and more. The store has an extensive inventory of basketball shoes and accessories.

Fly Zone is located on the upper level in the Sears Wing near Justice & Brothers, across from the Build-A-Bear Workshop  between Texas de Brazil and P.F. Chang's.

2) Flight 23 at Footaction, a Jordan Brand-only retail store recently opened in April. The retail experience not only pays homage to where Jordan has been, but also speaks to the brand’s vision for the future, offering shoppers the latest Michael Jordan-brand shoes and apparel.

Flight 23 is located in the upper level of the JCPenney Wing next to Tilly’s at Entrance 5 by the CHeesecake Factory.

3) Eyebrow Designer 21 is a full-service salon providing a complete range of eyebrow and facial threading services, eyelash extensions and more.

Eyebrow Designer 21 will open on the lower level in the Nordstrom Wing sometime this Spring.

4) rue21, one of the fastest growing specialty retailers offering the latest fashion for girls and guys. rue21 boasts a extensive selection while offering a competitive pricing strategy. New goods arrive daily that are fun and affordable for that fashion-conscious customer.

rue21 will open on the lower level in the JCPenney Wing next to New York & Company.

5) SIX:02 at Woodfield Mall will be the first Illinois location. The store is dedicated to being the fitness destination for shoppers’ active lives. SIX:02 strives to provide women with athletic shoes and fitness apparel that flatters as it performs. SIX:02 carries popular brands such as Nike, adidas, Under Armour, ASICS, Brooks, Mizuno and more.

SIX:02 opened recently on the lower level in the Nordstrom Wing near Brookstone and Microsoft.

Is Woodfield Mall Open Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015? Woodfield Mall Closed Easter Sunday

Woodfield Mall is closed Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Some restaurants, such as Texas de Brazil are open Easter Sunday, especially those that have exterior doors. Please call ahead for confirmation, especially since Easter Sunday is a popular Brunch and Dinner day, or some restaurants may be closed on Easter Sunday (See Dining Reservations ...).

Woodfield Mall will be closed on Easter Sunday, but the following restaurants will be open for business ...

The Cheesecake Factory: 10am-10pm
PF Chang's: 11am-10pm
Red Robin 11am-8pm
Texas de Brazil: 12pm-9pm

Easter Bunny Hours at Woodfield Mall; Monday through Saturday, Woodfield Closed Easter Sunday

The Easter Bunny is available through Saturday April 4, 2015.  Children can stop by the Easter Bunny set to have their fun moment with Easter Bunny captured forever with keepsake photos, too. And for a peek into the Bunny’s Magical World, be sure to follow the Bunny’s daily musings at Facebook.com/followthebunny and @follow_thebunny on Twitter.

Wednesday 4/1/2015 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
Thursday         4/2/2015 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
Friday         4/3/2015 10:00 AM 9:00 PM
Saturday         4/4/2015 10:00 AM 9:00 PM


Four Retail Theft Cases at Woodfield Mall Saturday, Sunday and Monday; February 28 through March 2, 2015

Schaumburg police responded about 12:00 AM Saturday to a report of a retail theft at Woodfield Mall.

Schaumburg police responded about 3:45 PM Saturday to a report of a theft  at Woodfield Mall.

Schaumburg police responded about 3:00 PM Sunday to a report of a retail theft suspect detained at Woodfield Mall.

Schaumburg police responded about 7:14 PM Sunday to a report of a retail theft suspect detained at Woodfield Mall.

Schaumburg police responded about 7:15 PM Monday to a report of a retail theft suspect detained at Woodfield Mall

Training in Photography and Moviemaking at the Woodfield Microsoft Store for Boy Scouts of America

BSA Boy Scout of America Photography merit Badge Saturday, March 7, 2015 Time:1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Boy Scouts Merit Badge in Movie Making (Co-hosted by the BSA Northwest Suburban Council is happening at the Microsoft store March 8, 2015 from 1:15PM - 4:15PM.  Registration required.

Check with store for registration and/or confirmation ...
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Pac-Man Restaurant Level 257 with Big Entertainment Center Opened Tonight at Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

Level 257 at Woodfield Mall opened today at 5:00 p.m. as a restaurant and entertainment center themed after the iconic video game, Pac-Man. The total capacity of the restaurant is about 1,000 people and it will employee 160 staff members, but the management recommends reservations for the first few weeks -- both for this week's dinner-only schedule and during introduction of lunchtime hours next Monday, March 2.

The entertainment/restaurant space is 40,000-square-feet. Level 257 is located next to and above Sears. The space is not connected by an opening to the inside mall. A gift shop has unique items related to the video game theme. T-shirts and other merchandise are branded with the restaurant's "Eat Life Up" slogan, as are candy items, cutlery sets, golf balls, toys, home video games, shot glasses, and watches.
This week's soft opening will be followed by a grand opening in April. On Friday May 22, 2015, Pac-Man's 35th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the weekend.

The restaurant has a fireplace surrounded by shelves with books and popular board games that will remind adult visitors -- that are old enough -- of their childhood video game pursuits.

On the game side there are 16 bowling lanes, various table tennis and table hockey games and more than 80 restored classic video games and pinball machines.

The Pac-Man game starts at the extremely difficult level 255. Successful completion of level 255 allows players to reach the special, hidden Level 256. The restaurant name Level 257 refers to being able to go a step above Level 256.

On warm days or nights two large windows can be opened like garage doors. The restaurant/entertainment center also has a large event room that can divided into five smaller spaces. The areas feature stadium seating that can be pulled up from the floor to face large video screens.

The restaurant/entertainment center is Wood Dale-based Namco Entertainment Inc.'s prototype, and Namco believes the concept has been perfected, expansion is expected at locations throughout the United States.

For reservations, call the booking line at (847) 805-0257.

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