Rosemont, Illinois, is a village to the immediate northwest of Chicago. A mecca of tourism, Rosemont’s population hovers only around 4,000. It’s tucked to the east of O’Hare International Airport and several interstates run through the area, so it’s easy to get around. The village has been settled for decades, though it was officially incorporated in 1956.
Today, it has emerged as a commercial and entertainment powerhouse, home to a convention center, an array of restaurants, ample office space, and its own 16,000-seat arena. Due to its highly trafficked nature, the residential portions of the village are gated communities restricted to locals.
Nearly 50 restaurants are located in Rosemont, so there are lots of places to eat. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly chains, including Chili’s, Chipotle, Dave & Buster’s, Cold Stone Creamery, and IHOP, but it doesn’t stop there. There’s an aviation-themed restaurant, international eateries with live music like the Hofbräuhaus, whiskey joints, and impressive seafood. If old-school Italian is what you crave, you’ve come to the right place. There are a few outposts, but perhaps none more famous than Carlucci Restaurant, serving up the classics for more than 30 years.
Craving a great Instagram photo? Rosemont also has a Sugar Factory, famous for its picture-worthy desserts and massive cocktails. On the way out, you can stock up on candy and grab an ice cream to go.
Thanks to its proximity to O’Hare airport, there are plenty of overnight accommodations in Rosemont. But, you probably won’t find the trendy, historic boutique hotels of the city. Instead, take your pick of a reliable stay in one of the area’s chain, but very luxe, hotels. You’ll find the likes of Westin, Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, and Best Western.
When your town is settled next to an airport, you pack it with fun things for out-of-towners to enjoy. Rosemont delivers in spades. There’s indoor skydiving at iFly; bowling, billiards, and gaming at Kings Dining and Entertainment; and more adult gaming at Rivers Casino.
For more relaxed entertainment, view the world’s largest display of M.I. Hummel Figurines at the Museum of Hummels. If you’re in town for work, chances are you’re heading to a show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Visitors also come to Rosemont to catch a show or sporting event at Allstate Arena.
Looking for a deal on luxury goods? The Fashion Outlets of Chicago are home to more than 130 designer brands, all with outlet offerings. Along with designers like Gucci, Prada, and Tory Burch, the outlets also house several off-price department stores, including Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Saks Off 5th.
Really looking for a bargain? Explore Wolff’s Flea Market in Rosemont on Sundays April to October. Rows and rows of vendors sell new and vintage wares at the outdoor market.
You might not find Shakespeare, but you can enjoy hilarious live entertainment at Zanies Comedy Club, hosting an array of headliners and up-and-coming comedians every night of the week. You can also check out who will be in town at Allstate Arena. The venue has hosted greats including Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, and more.
Rosemont Festivals & Events
Rosemont hosts an array of community events, particularly in summer months. The Donald E. Stephens convention center hosts Anime Midwest in July, followed by the National Sports Collectible Convention. In August, there’s the annual Wizard World Comic Con. In the fall, the village hosts a Family Fall Fest with kid-friendly activities like pumpkin painting.
If green space is what you desire, Rosemont has it. To the east of the village is the massive Forest Preserves of Cook County. Here, several forests are joined together with several nature centers and campgrounds.