The Rosemont Entertainment District itself is like a mini city. Although no one lives there. Rosemont is one of those oddball border suburbs that's not quite Chicago and not quite suburb but it's basically the personal fiefdom of one family: The Stephens. Whilst I won't go so far as to say it's like a wannabe Monaco, if you've lived in Chicago long enough, you get the gist of what I mean. Nearly every major Comic Con or similar event has happened at the Stephens Center. Rosemont has always been this in-between place that most of us in Chicago refer to as "that land next to O'Hare." It's got a weird status too as being one of the few places that pays you to live there. After all, who chooses to live right next door to the airport with engines roaring overhead all day long? Still, it's hard as heck to buy a house there (
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/February-2019/Why-Its-So-Hard-to-Buy-a-House-in-Rosemont/). But in the past decade, something magical happened to this netherworld wasteland that is Rosemont. It started with an empty parcel of land next to the 294 highway that had an ice rink spring up in the winter months. Then a Movico opened (now an AMC). Then another building, then another. Then one day, a huge high-end outlet mall opened to the south and a slew of cool places surrounded the ice rink and it's been a booming, hip place ever since. Indoor skydiving? Check! Brazilian steak house? Check! Zanies comedy club? Check! There's a little something for everyone as well as outdoor concerts and music venues. But I come for the Hofbrauhaus. Parking is free so long as you have your ticket validated. If you're bored and have a long layover at the airport, hop on the CTA blue line one stop over to the Rosemont stop and catch the free shuttle bus or walk (about 10 minutes, if that).