Rosemont, a town next to O'Hare International Airport, now an entertainment hotspot

Once only a place for conventioneers, the city of Rosemont has evolved into a major entertainment and shopping hub for locals, tourists and conventioneers. Located next to O'Hare International Airport, and along major expressways, it's become a popular place in the Chicago area to eat, play and shop.

Besides the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and the nearby Allstate Arena, which hosts A-list concerts and shows, Rosemont has a buzzing new entertainment complex called MB Financial Park. The large outdoor venue is surrounded by several restaurants, a huge movie theater and bowling alley. There's a football field-sized grass area in the center, which is where they host many free outdoor events, ranging from ice skating to concerts.

It's a popular place to party, especially for groups, because of the many large, loud restaurants. Teens and twenty somethings pack Sugar Factory for its over-the-top desserts and drinks, and the drinking crowd will raise a pint at the German bar, Hofbrauhaus.

Fashionistas will love the new Fashion Outlets of Chicago with high-end design shopping at spots like Burberry, Nieman Marcus, Nike and Prada and its equally-impressive amenities including airline baggage check-in and boarding pass issuance for those traveling through O’Hare International Airport. A free shuttle is offered to and from O'Hare.

In addition to its Chicago hotspot, Gibson's delights steak lovers with its Rosemont outpost located directly across the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center which makes it a popular dining choice for those attending trade shows. Featuring white...  Read More

From America's Got Talent tapings and musical concerts to Yo Gabba Gabba shows, the Rosemont Theatre offers lavish Broadway musicals, full-scale productions and world-class entertainers for all ages and interests. The beautiful venue is carpeted...  Read More

Like most comedy clubs, there is a drink or food minimum and this is the case with Zanie's. Unlike other comedy clubs, though, fans of this new(er) club don't seem to mind since the food and drinks are pretty good and a nifty system where you...  Read More

While kids are welcome during the day, Kings is more for adults. The retro with a twist bowling alley also sports flat screens (more than 50 screens, in fact) throughout the bar for watching games or for karaoke and three full-size pool tables...  Read More

Hofbrauhaus may be considered by many to be a tourist trap and that it doesn't do its sister restaurant in Munich, Germany, justice but fans of the large restaurant/bar love it for its entertainment value and their ability to find currywurst and...  Read More

Muvico is pretty deluxe when it comes to the digital viewing experience. Whether watching a movie in one of the 4,227 reclining stadium-style seats or the 300-plush seats in the VIP Theater upstairs, theater-goers realize they are paying as much...  Read More

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iFLY lets fliers experience the thrill of skydiving in the safety of a vertical wind tunnel. Located in Rosemont, just minutes away from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the indoor skydiving attraction lets fliers feel the wind in their...  Read More

Allstate Arena's 18,500 seating capacity and 48 luxury suites makes it one of the largest indoor entertainment facilities in the Chicago area where one can enjoy family shows, sports and musical performaces. It's home to the Chicago Wolves...  Read More

Fashion Outlets of Chicago opened on August 1 as an international shopping mecca, with stores like Burberry, Nieman Marcus, Nike and Prada. An enormous indoor designer outlet mall, among its exhaustive guest services is its airline baggage...  Read More

A huge outdoor park complete with a full-line up of four seasons of activities, MB Financial Park at Rosemont features live music, outdoor festivals, casual dining, lively bars, bowling and outdoor patios. Warmer months bring a summer concert...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.

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