If you’re visiting Chicago or live in the city or suburbs, I would highly recommend making time to visit the suburb of Rosemont. While tiny in population, the village certainly doesn’t lack for entertainment, restaurants, or shopping opportunities. Long popular as a convention destination, the village is celebrating its 60th anniversary so there will be a lot of excitement this year. Rosemont has an abundance of upscale hotels, the state-of-the art Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the Allstate Arena, and the Rosemont Theatre. It is also home to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and MB Financial Park, a one stop dining and entertainment center.
As part of the recent Travel & Adventure Show in Chicago, I was invited to visit Rosemont and several of its family friendly attractions. I stayed at the nearby Loews Chicago O’Hare, which was a perfect base for exploring the area. The hotel is unique in that it has an on-site art gallery featuring works of local artists as well as a gastro-pub serving creative and savory fare. The hotel has complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and is walking distance to the Fashion Outlets and MB Financial Park.
What Will Families Love to Explore in Rosemont?
MB Financial Park
MB Financial Park is a one stop entertainment center for families. There is something that will appeal to everyone in the family from little ones to mom and dad, and even those hard to please teenagers. The hard part will be deciding where to begin. Here are some options:
This is not a typical bowling alley. There are private bowling rooms, a billiards area, a dining room, and a bar area. Clean and stylish with a retro vibe, I know our kids would love to bowl here. It has a nice seating area behind the lanes where parents can eat quality restaurant food while the kids throw strikes or even decide to join in the fun!
I’m not going to lie, our family is slightly addicted to this German micro brewery and beer hall. It’s a favorite stop for us anytime we’re near the airport and sometimes we make a trip for the pretzels, spätzle, and schnitzel. The restaurant is extremely family friendly with its lively music, magician on Sundays, and kids eat free on Tuesday. Hofbräuhaus is always fun for families and who doesn’t love giant pretzels!
I am certainly no daredevil, but I did manage to work up the courage to try indoor skydiving at iFly. The experience is exhilarating and I cannot put into words how much fun this is. Imagine suiting up in sky diving gear, suit, helmet, goggles, ear plugs, and getting into a giant tube where the air is so strong it blows you around as if you are sky diving. It was super fun, but it made me realize I would never want to do the real thing. That might put me over the edge!