Located 20 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop, Rosemont, Illinois, is one of the Windy City’s top entertainment hotspots. Adjacent to O’Hare International Airport, Rosemont has become one of the best places for visitors to shop, dine, drink, and enjoy their day. The next time you’re in Rosemont, explore a few of the following attractions.
Tour the Museum of Hummels
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One of the more interesting attractions in Rosemont is the Museum of Hummels. This museum houses the largest collection of Hummel figurines in the world.
In the 1960s, Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens began to collect the figurines, and upon his death, donated his collection to the city. Sculpted and painted by German Franciscan Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel in the 1930s and 1940s, these pieces are sure to bring a smile to your face.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Shop at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Whether you’re in the mood for some retail therapy or you can’t turn down a great value, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago shopping complex is your greatest ally. As the only two-story, enclosed outlet mall in the Midwest, this shopping center has more than 130 shops ranging from electronics to high-end fashion and everything in between. If you’re on a layover from the airport, take advantage of the concierge service which offers handy guides and storage for your luggage while you’re exploring the mall.
Stay at an Attractive Hotel
When you want upscale accommodations in Chicago for your stay, you can easily spend a small fortune, especially if you have to stay for a few days or a week. Rosemont has plenty of hotel options for every taste and budget.
High-end hotels make the perfect weekend getaway, while low-cost hotels help you free up money for entertainment and other options. If you want to go into the city, you’ll be only about one hour away via the L’s Blue Line or a taxi.
Discover Entertainment at MB Financial Park
Built in 2012, MB Financial Park is a 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex with areas to explore both indoors and outdoors. Throughout the year, the venue hosts live concerts and markets at the outdoor amphitheater situated in the middle of the complex. Nine different venues surround the greens, offering entertainment options such as a stand-up comedy club, a movie theater, a bowling alley, and upscale international cuisine. During winter, the facility also opens an ice skating area ideal for kids and families to enjoy.
If you’re a sports fan, don’t miss out on a visit to the Big Ten Experience. Featuring 13 interactive exhibits, the Big Ten Experience showcases the sports, history, and academics of one of the country’s most well-known sports conferences in the country. If you’re an Illini fan, be wary of Hoosiers, Badgers, and other fans of Big Ten foes wandering around the grounds.
With more than 75,000 visitors a day, Rosemont is the entertainment capital of the Chicago suburbs. If you’re searching for some entertainment without all the crowds in the city, make Rosemont your next stop.