Whether you’re a Chicagoland resident or a business traveler with a layover, consider a visit to Rosemont, Illinois. Locals will appreciate easy access to this close-by getaway, 20 minutes from Chicago’s downtown area, while out-of-towners will appreciate the five-minute drive from O’Hare International Airport. This vibrant village hosts one of the Chicago area’s favorite shopping centers, along with an enormous variety of restaurants. For a complete get-away package that won’t break the bank, visitors can enjoy plenty of fun activities inside MB Financial Park, as well as live world class performances at Allstate Arena, and other local theatre and sports venues.
BARGAIN HUNTER’S PARADISE
Located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Chicago and home to more than 130 stores, Fashion Outlets of Chicago provides this area’s only two-level indoor shopping experience, with daily discounts of up to 75 percent. Find top-of-the-line fashion with luxury designers like Tory Burch, Coach, Armani and more. Upscale anchor stores include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, and Forever 21, with Nordstrom Rack opening late September 2016. Looking for a new bag or pair of earrings? Need some new athletic shoes or a warm coat? You’ll find all of this and more at Fashion Outlets of Chicago.
Tired of parking hassles when shopping? The Fashion Outlets offer free parking along with an innovative system of red and green lights to help you find available spaces. Hungry? Enjoy a quick bite in the food court. Traveling? Their Concierge Services will be your best friend. They’ll print your boarding passes, store your luggage, and you can even exchange currency onsite. If you want purchases delivered, or need a complimentary wheelchair, Concierge Services has you covered there, too.
Creative innovation is what this center is all about, both in their services and their ongoing partnership with The Arts Initiative. interactive visual art placed throughout the center’s various public spaces, makes Fashion Outlets of Chicago standout among retail centers everywhere, creating a truly unique shopping experience.
SATISFY YOUR APPETITE
From relaxed, fun places in MB Financial Park to more upscale dining establishments, Rosemont restaurants will satisfy every taste.
MB FINANCIAL PARK
From international flavors to tantalizing sweets, take your pick of the many interesting dining offerings in MB Financial Park.
For German cuisine, visit Hofbrauhaus Rosemont, Chicago’s first and only German beer hall, restaurant and beer garden. Craving Mexican fare? Try Adobe Gilas, where authentic margaritas are the perfect accompaniment to signature sizzling fajitas and handcrafted guacamole. And if you’re looking for something stylish and fun, Fogo de Chao is the place to go for upscale gaucho-style steaks, served with a side of Brazilian flare.
Dining and Entertainment
Barbecue rules at , which combine great food with live performances by country music’s emerging talent. Try the fried pickles, or three flavors of buttermilk fried chicken. And you won’t want to miss their Blood Mary Brunch.
If a cozy neighborhood ambiance combined with craft beer and live music is more your style, try Five Roses Pub, with unusual offerings like corned beef and cabbage spring rolls, or a pesto Portobello sandwich. Check their web site for weekly specials and entertainment.
On your way to the movies? Before or after the show, stop by Bogart Bar & Grill, located inside Rosemont Muvico (movie) Theatre, for classic American cuisine and a long list of premium beer, wine or cocktails.
Bowling fans will appreciate Kings Rosemont, which combines a bowling alley, billiard and pool tables with a full-service restaurant. Craving something different? You’ll love Loaded Sweet Potato Waffle Fries with bacon and pulled pork, red onion and bourbon BBQ sauce, shredded cheese and a fried egg, or try their New England fish and chips.
Beer and Sweets
Park Tavern, a contemporary gastropub with over 40 craft beers, offers an extensive menu with choices ranging from smoked chicken and andouille gumbo, to Tavern specialties like barbeque glazed salmon or crispy buffalo chicken mac.
Sweets-lovers will enjoy Sugar Factory American Brasserie, with a massive store and ice cream shop offering specialty candies and gifts, a Chocolate Lounge, and a restaurant serving everything from eggs Benedict to steaks. For a real thirst quencher, try one of their giant, signature ‘Goblet’ cocktails, like the vodka-infused Passion Punch.
OTHER GREAT ROSEMONT RESTAURANTS
If a great steak, cooked to perfection, is calling your name, try any one of Rosemont’s upscale, national restaurants, including The Capital Grille, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks and Morton’s The Steakhouse, celebrating 25 years in this popular Rosemont location. Other local steakhouse traditions include Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse, a landmark since 1989; and Gene and Georgetti Rosemont, serving beef lovers since 1941.
For fine Italian cuisine, feast on Tuscan inspired dishes at Carlucci, one of Rosemont’s top dining establishments, with innovative entrees like tri-colored ravioli stuffed with smoked scallops, shrimp, artichokes and ricotta, or a grilled beef fillet served with mascarpone polenta and wine sauce. For a casual meal in fun surroundings, there’s Gino’s East for pizza or The Ram Brewery, serving beer, burgers, salads and more.
BEYOND SHOPPING AND DINING
There’s plenty to do in Rosemont beyond shopping and restaurant-hopping. If you enjoy trade shows, check out the annual International Gem & Jewelry Show, Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, or the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, at the recently renovated Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Businesspeople and guests will appreciate the center’s 840,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space, with easy access to ATM machines and a Starbucks.
Entertainment is big business at MB Financial Park. Basketball lovers are crazy about the Big 10 Experience, an interactive museum with 13 exhibits depicting the conference’s academic and athletic history. Tickle your funny bone at Zanies Comedy Club, or enjoy a safe indoor skydiving experience at iFly, where a certified instructor monitors your safety and even three-year-old thrill seekers are welcome. When the weather turns wintery, visitors can enjoy ice skating on the NHL sized outdoor ice rink, open to the public for free skating with rentals available.
Allstate Arena is a hotspot for live music with big-name stars, ranked by Pollstar magazine as third highest for ticket sales in the
U.S. This is a great place to take in a home game with the Chicago Sky women’s basketball team, some pro hockey with the Chicago Wolves, or enjoy entertainment like the quirky comedy of Jeff Dunham, or concerts with Keith Urban or tropical salsa artist, Marc Anthony.
Showcasing nationally and internationally known performers, the plush Rosemont Theatre features extra-wide aisles and seats for more than 4,000 guests. Their terrific sound system will amplify ZZ Top or the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker equally well.
Baseball and softball players of all ages appreciate the indoor dome and outdoor stadium at The Ballpark at Rosemont. The massive dome houses two full-size diamonds, or you can cheer on your favorite lacrosse, volleyball, 7-on-7 football and basketball games teams, here as well. Home of the Chicago Bandits professional women’s softball team, the NCAA-approved stadium hosts college-level games. too.
Whether you’re traveling from your Chicago home or an office on either coast, Rosemont, Illinois is a great place to rest and recharge, while enjoying terrific restaurants, shopping and entertainment that includes something for everyone.