By SEAN McNEALY
Journal & Topics Reporter
Parkway Bank Park and the surrounding area continues to evolve as venues change and develop in the 200,000-square-foot entertainment and dining complex.
Changes this spring and summer include the addition of a dueling piano bar, a motorcycle shop and changes to the existing movie theater.
A 20,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson dealership is revving up the entertainment district this summer just north of the Big Ten headquarters.
Windy City Motorcycle Co. leased the land from the village for its national and international tour operations for the Chicago region and is expected to open by Memorial Day, Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens said.
A small motorcycle leasing operation was established at the complex in 2018.
At the April 10 village board meeting, trustees approved a special use ordinance regarding Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar. The ordinance calls for the establishment and operation of an approximately 6,000-square-foot, one-story structure with an approximately 2,400-square-foot patio seating area in the entertainment district, with variances from the village’s sign ordinance.
The village hopes it will be open by Labor Day. Rosemont’s Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar will be the first location outside of Texas and feature pianists who will take song requests from guests.
A dozen movie screens are expected to remain in operation under AMC’s name at the movie theater in Rosemont’s entertainment district following potential redevelopment of the establishment.
Six screen spaces would be affected, should the redevelopment come to fruition. Expansion is possible at the 18-screen theater, but Stephens said the location of the building’s electric and water services make the retrofit difficult.
AMC Rosemont 18 has changed ownership over the years. The theater was opened as Muvico in 2007 and was eventually acquired by Carmike Cinemas. AMC acquired the Rosemont movie theater and other Carmike venues several years ago.