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Rosemont Entertainment District: A Bit of Something for Everyone in the Bizarroland of Rosemont

Rosemont, IL, United States
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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 ( 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).
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Bars and nightlife

Kings Dining & Entertainment
Wanna do some bowling and drinking? You've found the right spot!
Bub City
A BBQ joint that doubles as a country bar which has good food and tasty beverages.
Zanies Comedy Club
Zanies is a Chicago institution and probably #2 in terms of longevity and popularity only to Second City.


AMC Rosemont 18
Large and modern movie theater with beer and all the usual amenities.
Joe's Live
Some big name country music people have come through here and it's only been open a year or so. Having Nightclub of the Year under your belt doesn't hurt either.

Points of interest

Chicago Harley-Davidson
A newly opened Harley shop that's sure to bring in the biker crowd and road warriors.


Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
A really fancy Brazilian steakhouse with tasty food and beverages.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Whenever I come to the area, my family eats here. It's loud, it's proud, it's a German beer hall that's found a welcome home in Chicago.


Fashion Outlets of Chicago
A huge outlet mall with both high end brands and well as regular stuff.

Special activities

If you're too chicken to actually skydive, you can fake it 'til you make it at this great indoor skydiving place.

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