Virtual Reality Dome at 1871 TGIF

Project Details

1871 is a major hub of Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem and hosts nearly 500 early-stage companies as well as nationally recognized accelerators, industry-specific incubators, and tech talent schools.

Each week, 1871 hosts TGIF, a weekly happy hour open to 1871 members. The event attracts around 200 community members, and is an informal opportunity for the community to connect at the end of each week. TGIF is a great 60-minute event full of networking, food, and drinks.

Midwest Immersive made this happy hour extra special for the community by setting up the Virtual Reality Dome, and providing several people with their first VR experience.


The VR Dome was created to give community members their first ever Virtual Reality Experience and also educate them on how these emerging technologies are already disrupting a broad range of industries.

Midwest Immersive provided two distinct experience that inspired and entertained visitors on the possibilities of this new computing platform.

Geodesic Domes

The geodesic domes are a surefire way to create intrigue and wonder at events. The domes scale from 16-feet to 90-feet, and can be fitted with as many VR setups as required. The dome cover can be custom laser cut and projection mapped too.

1871 Virtual Reality Dome at Happy Hour TGIF

VirZoom: Virtual Reality Exercise Bike

The VirZOOM controller is a folding VR bike with integrated sensors that measure your pedaling speed – the faster you pedal in the real world, the faster you move in the virtual world. You can be the car in the race, the tank in battle, or even the Pegasus flying through the air!

Tilt Brush by Google

Tilt Brush is a Virtual Reality Tool that paints the space all around you. Creating 3D paintings is every artist’s dream, and now with Tilt Brush, it is a reality. Paint life-size three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. The creative possibilities of this tool are awe inspiring for everyone.

50First VR Experiences
4Hours of Setup Time