A few weekends ago we spent some time in Rosemont, Illinois. Living in the Chicago area, I was familiar with Rosemont for two things. One, its proximity to O’Hare Airport and two, the convention center. Despite my preconceptions, the area seems to be getting more recognition lately, especially for families. In the end, I was very pleased and I can’t wait to explore the area some more with my family.
Places to STAY
We stayed at Aloft Chicago O’Hare, which is connected via skybridge to MB Financial Park. It’s a great budget-friendly option for families that want to be close to all the action. It’s stylish and cool, plus there’s a pool (always a plus) and a pool table!
Places to PLAY
There are tons of great options for families here. Here are a few to keep in mind:
Currently, the big winter hit is FROZEMONT at MB FInancial Park with its free ice skating at the NHL-sized rink (skate rentals $8), and for those courageous, Polar Peak, a260 feet four-story tubing! There’s also a less steep lane for younger kids. It’s been so popular that they have extended it until March 1st.
For adventurous families there’s indoor skydiving at iFLY. They say anyone from age 3 to 103 can “fly,” and while I was only a spectator this time around, it looked absolutely exhilarating!
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Bargain hunters will rejoice once they visit the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Recently voted Best Factory Outlet Center in the World , the shopping center consisting of 130 outlet stores. Most of the kids stores such as Disney and Carter’s, are ideally located by each other, which makes it convenient for parents in a hurry. Loved how art was showcased throughout the outlets. Tip: Nursing mothers take note, there is a room for you and the little one.
There’s always something going on at the Allstate Arena. In fact, a few days later my family and I were able to catch Disney on Ice presents Frozen. What a fantastic show! I know this weekend they’ll also have Monster Jam – something the boys would totally dig!
Places to EAT
We had small bites at Villagio, an Italian restaurant and one of the two main restaurants located at Fashion Outlets Chicago. It provided a nice intimate ambiance, not to mention tasty small bites of meatballs, pizzas, and calamari. Delicious!
One really unique place that I must admit is truly fun for the entire family is the Hofbrauhaus Chicago, a fun German restaurant. Staying true to their Bavarian roots, most of their products are produced on-site with genuine ingredients. If it’s not authentic, then it’s imported. The delicious pretzels? Yep, they ship ’em from Germany.
For a sugar rush, the ever-so-sweet Sugar Factory has you covered. They gave us a few sweet treats – and honestly that got me hooked! I need to go there again to try out their delectable drinks at their Chocolate Lounge. Would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Honestly, I was impressed with everything that Rosemont offered for families. I can’t wait to spend another day there!
Disclosure: Thank you to the Village of Rosemont for hosting us on this familiarization tour.