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Chicago is one of America's most vibrant and liveliest cities. But did you know one of the area's greatest shopping, dining and entertainment destinations is actually located just outside the city?
The Village of Rosemont is an easy 20-minute drive from downtown Chicago (or via CTA Blue Line and PACE buses), making it the perfect day-trip destination for singles and families. From the world's most fashionable department stores to excellent dining options to comedy clubs and outdoor concerts, there's enough endless fun for everyone. And since all of Rosemont's attractions are located on a "mini mile," you'll be able to enjoy spending time outside with friends and family as you easily walk between venues.
With so much to see and do, let's take a closer look at a few of the highlights you'll be enjoying this summer.
Located in Rosemont, the two-level, 530,000 square-foot Fashion Outlets of Chicago features over 130 luxury brand outlets stores, including highlights like Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Barneys New York Warehouse. Add boutiques like Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada and Tory Burch Outlet, not to mention staples like J.Crew Factory, Nike Factory Store and Forever 21, and you'll have no problem overhauling your summer wardrobe with the latest summer fashion steals.
MB Financial Park plays host to dining options, which run the gamut of international cuisine. The tree-lined environment and outdoor patios keep the atmosphere casual, perfect for mingling during a shopping lunch break or a pre-show dinner. Indulge in a 64-ounce "Mug O Rita' and some fresh made-to-order guacamole at Adobe Gila's Margarita Fajita Cantina, or settle in for some Bavarian brats and beers at Hofbräuhaus Chicago, a beer hall and restaurant modeled after the 400-year-old original in Munich. Or if craft beer is more your thing, head to Park Tavern for their contemporary spin on the gastropub experience, where over 40 microbrews pair perfectly with the smoked meats on the menu. Click here for a full line up of MB Financial Park's restaurants and more.
Entertainment comes in all shapes and sizes at Rosemont. Stoke your adrenaline at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, where a vertical wind tunnel recreates the free falling experience without having to leap from an airplane. Everyone will enjoy bowling at Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports, where 20 state-of-the-art lanes, two full-service bars, a billiard lounge and 60 HD televisions will keep you entertained for hours. Grab some gourmet flatbread pizzas and bacon-wrapped grilled cheese bites and thank us later.
But the entertainment options don't stop there. Catch some gut-busting comedy sets at Zanies Comedy Night Club, which hosts some of the hottest talents on the standup circuit. For the best games and shows in town, head to the 19,000-seat Allstate Arena, home to WNBA team Chicago Sky and hosting stadium-filling acts like Cher and Enrique Iglesias. Lavish Broadway musicals and rock revival acts like Peter Frampton more your thing? Then head to the more intimate Rosemont Theatre.
Recent additions to the Village also include the Ballpark at Rosemont, home to National Pro Fastpitch World Championship-winning Chicago Bandits, and The Dome, which houses two full-sized baseball/softball diamonds for year-round play.
To learn more about what the Village of Rosemont has to offer and to start planning your weekend getaway, visit Rosemont.com.