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Rosemont is a city in Cook County in the state of Illinois, just outside of Chicago. It does enormous business as the primary hotel supplier for O'Hare International Airport, but has a couple of the region's best-known concert venues as well.

Get in[edit]

The CTA Blue Line has a stop in Rosemont, on River Road between I-190 and I-90 right before O'Hare. And Metra's North Central Line stops at Rosemont Station on Balmoral Avenue just west of I-294, with service between Chicago and Antioch.

Get around[edit]

PACE buses serve the area, and hotels can be expected to run shuttles to the airport. For anything else, though, you'll likely want to have a car.


  • Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels, 555 N. River Rd.. Self-proclaimed as having the world's largest public display of M.I. Hummel figurines in the world. You know, those little cherub-faced ceramic figures.
  • Chicago Wolves, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd.. This minor league hockey team plays at the Allstate Arena. The season runs October-April.
  • [dead link]Rosemont Waterfall, At the northeast corner of Higgins and River Road. A favorite local setting for wedding pictures, the waterfall harmonizes with the surrounding Forest Preserve along the Des Plaines River Valley


  • Allstate Arena (Rosemont Horizon), 6920 N. Mannheim Rd.. A 19,000 seat arena that holds major music concerts as well as events such as circuses and rodeos.
  • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd.. This enormous complex hosts a variety of conferences and events, including Chicago Comic Con, ACen, and even local high school proms.
  • Rosemont Theatre, 5400 River Rd.. A 4,300 seat theater for stars including Jerry Seinfeld and Kelly Clarkson.
  • Polish National Catholic Cemetery, 9200 West Higgins Rd.. A quaint cemetery set along the Des Plaines River, it possesses a charming array of old monuments and markers. It is also the only Chicagoland cemetery with its own picnic area, preserving the old world custom of picnicking at the graves of deceased loved ones.
  • Muvico 18, 9701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.. This huge movie theater, over 100,000 square feet, is more than just a theater. For those 21 and up, the VIP Theatre has free popcorn, bigger seats, and cocktails. There's a full-service restaurant on site (you can eat while watching a movie), a playroom, and child care for kids age 3-10.


  • Midwest FurFest. The second-largest furry convention in the world, held in Illinois since 2000, and in Rosemont since 2010. Over 5,000 people attend each year, many of them costumed mascots and fursuiters. The event is held in November or December each year; admission is charged.
  • Anime Central. One of the largest anime conventions in the USA (and definitely largest in the state), ACen books all five hotels out near the Hyatt Regency during the second or third weekend in May. Admission is $60+ for the whole weekend.


  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018, +1 847-928-7500. Monday-Saturday: 10 am-9 pm, Sunday: 10 am-7 pm. Over 130 stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, and Neiman Marcus Last Call.


The best options to eat would be at the MB Financial Park, 5445 Park Place, Rosemont, IL. There are several bars and restaurants, including:

  • Sugar Factory. +1 847-233-9010. Monday – Thursday, 4 pm to 1 am, Friday 4 pm. to 4 am, Saturday 10 am to 4 am, Sunday 10 am. to 2 am. Best known for being a second location of the brand, Sugar Factory is best known for their outrageous fishbowl cocktails (best split amongst several people). Outside of that, they have down home faves like chicken and waffles and more typical tastes, like flatbreads and burgers. Food starts around $15, drinks will set you back $15-$40.
  • Fogo De Chao. +1 847-678-7200, see website as hours vary. One of the several locations in the Chicagoland area, Fogo is a Brazilian all-you-can-eat steakhouse. Consider this a 'splurge', as you'll easily pay $50+ for your meal.
  • Four Roses Pub. A traditional Irish-style pub. Prices mid-range.
  • Hofbrauhaus. A German-style restaurant with no shortage of traditional food. Also brews their own beer.

Outside of the park, you can still find other food:

  • Ram Restaurant (9520 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018). Best described as a 'brew-pub', this place serves up burgers and beer.
  • Gene and Georgetti (9421 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018). An Italian place with a upscale, private club feel.
  • Gino's East (9501 W Devon Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018). One of the top three deep-dish pizza places, better known for their buttery crust.
  • Giordano's (9415 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018), which usually is considered the 'best' of the three deep-dishes (depending on who you ask).


Each 'upscale' hotel in Rosemont includes a hotel bar (and in the Hyatt Regency, a semi-Starbucks), but these can be pricy.

You can also drink and eat at the buffets that Rivers Casino has (whose creation and build was the site of much controversy only a few years ago).


There are quite a lot of hotels in Rosemont:


  • Holiday Inn Select, 10233 West Higgins Rd, +1 847 954-8600. One mile from the airport, this hotel has won the Torch Bearer award for excellent customer service and quality two years in a row. Rooms from $95.



Go next[edit]

Routes through Rosemont
RockfordDes Plaines  W I-90.svg E  ChicagoGary
MilwaukeePark Ridge  N I-294.svg S  Schiller ParkGary
Lake Geneva/MilwaukeeDes Plaines  W US 12.svgUS 45.svg S  Schiller ParkChicago/Tinley Park
ENDO'Hare International Airport  NW CTA L Blue Line icon.png SE  Far Northwest Side, ChicagoThe Loop, Chicago
AntiochO'Hare International Airport  NW Metra North Central icon.png SE  Schiller ParkChicago

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