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Hours:
8am - 7pm

When to Go:
During Trade Shows and Conventions.

Seasonal Information:
Open Year Round

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  • The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center has more than 840,000-square feet of exhibition space.
  • Perfect for the Chicago business traveler, the Stephens Convention Center has high-speed Internet access throughout the building.
  • Chicago's O'Hare Airport is located just minutes away from the Donald Stephens Convention Center.
  • The Chicago Convention Center is also home to the Donald E. Stephen Museum of Hummels, a popular Chicago attraction that houses an extensive collection of the Hummel figurines.

Address:
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
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Features: The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is located in Rosemont, Illinois, just minutes from O'Hare International Airport. The Center features 840,000 square feet of exhibition space for trade shows and public shows. There is parking available for 8,000 cars. A skybridge connects the Convention Center to parking and three hotels. Formerly named the Rosemont Convention Center, it was renamed to honor Donald E. Stephens, who founded the Village of Rosemont in 1956 and was mayor until his death in 2007. 

The Convention Center is also home to the Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels. Here you'll see about a thousand M. I. Hummel figurines, including one that is 8 feet tall. The museum began when Mayor Stephens donated his collection to the Village of Rosemont in 1984.

The Convention Center is located at 5555 North River road in Rosemont, just south of the Kennedy Expressway, two miles east of Chicago's O'Hare Airport and a few blocks from the Tri-State tollway (I294).

Why We Go: The Donald Stephens Convention Center hosts conventions and trade shows year round. The enormous interior spans 840,000-square feet which can hold more than 1,200 booths. It's the ideal venue for any Chicago business event, and it's within walking distance of Blue Line public transport.  

  • Great Location: Chicago O'Hare Airport is located a few miles away, and there are a number of Chicago hotels that are located nearby, including the Westin O'Hare and the Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago O'Hare.
  • Excellent Business Facilities: The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center houses a beautiful ballroom which is perfect for an evening event or awards ceremony. There are also 50 conference rooms to accommodate smaller groups.

Inside Knowledge: Built in 1975, the Stephens Convention Center is an expansive building in the city of Rosemont. The convention center was named after the city's  former mayor, Donald. E. Stephens. It also houses the Museum of Hummels which features the late mayor's extensive Hummel figurine collection. 

Do's and Don'ts: 

  • Do Check the Calendar: There is always an event, expo, convention, or trade show happening at the Chicago Convention Center, so make sure to check the convention center's website for the latest information.
  • Do Visit the Museum of Hummels: The Donald Stephens Convention Center is home to the Museum of Hummels which houses the largest display of Hummels in the world
  • Don't Lose Your Car: The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center has an 8,000-car parking garage, so be sure to remember where you parked when attending a meeting or trade show.
  • Don't Waste Gas: The Stephens Convention Center is located within walking distance of great Chicago public transportation, including the Rosemont (Blue Line) station.