This week marks the 10th year Brad Stephens has served as mayor of Rosemont having succeeded his father, Donald, who served for 51 years.
Much has been accomplished in the last decade under both Stephenses. Since the younger Stephens took the helm, Rosemont has become home to a new entertainment district, a 530,000 sq. ft. outlet mall, a softball stadium and domed sports facility, new hotels and restaurants as well as a second direct connection to O’Hare International Airport.
Currently under construction on the west side of the Tri-State Tollway at Balmoral Avenue is a development named The Pearl. It will include a new boutique hotel, two new restaurants and, as its centerpiece, a new 6,500-seat minor league ballpark. A new team will begin play in May 2018.
Is an encore even possible? It certainly is. Just give it some time.
There are still pockets of undeveloped land in Rosemont waiting for the right project to come along. The most notable is the open land west of the new Hyatt Place hotel off of Mannheim Road. The village has been working to attract a developer of, possibly, office buildings to that site. A new exit ramp off I-90 for eastbound traffic would undoubtedly help in that effort.
The village of Rosemont, with all its amenities like the Allstate Arena, theater, hotels and convention center, is like no other community in the U.S. and possibly the world.
Its work developing and attracting people is far from over.