The full name for this late-night spot is Adobe Gila's Margarita Fajita Cantina. Just like the lizard they're named for, they don't mess around. Come in for the fajitas and then stay all night long - until 4 in the morning. That's easy to do when their drinks are served in fish bowls!
Experience Rosemont Like a Local Tourist
With its access to O'Hare, the Blue Line, I-90 and I-294, the Village of Rosemont is incredibly easy to visit, but it wasn't always on the map. That, however, has definitely changed. What was once "an oft-flooded swampy area with pothole-ridden, unpaved roads, no streetlights and taverns that became hangouts for the mob" is now an entertainment, shopping, and business destination. With just 2.5 square miles and 4,200 residents, the Chicago suburb attracts about 100,000 visitors a day.
The reasons for this popularity extend beyond just ease of access and convenience to one of the busiest airports in the world. Rosemont has turned itself into a place for both locals and tourists to enjoy, with its theaters, attractions, shopping, and plethora of dining options. This is no sleepy little village, although there are plenty of comfortable places to rest your head. To make it even easier to get around there's a free Rosemont Entertainment Circulator that will transport you to and from the Blue Line, MB Financial Park, The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Here are some of the many attractions and places to go in Rosemont. Choose your favorites and then create your own Rosemont itinerary!
Things To Do In Rosemont, Illinois
No Rosemont roundup would be complete without this entertainment venue. Home to the Chicago Wolves and the DePaul Blue Demons it also attracts giant concerts and family shows. It's so big that in 2015 it was ranked 3rd in the US for ticket sales! Expect to see shows like Stars on Ice and stars like Justin Bieber and Carrie Underwood.
The Ashburn gets its name from Chicago's first airport, the Ashburn Flying Field, and pays homage to aviation. Located inside the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel, the restaurant offers a variety of cuisines with an emphasis on contemporary American. You can get everything from grilled octopus to tacos to a burger on a bacon mac 'n' cheese waffle bun. Their whimsical side really comes out in the dessert menu, which includes a popsicle bar and donut holes.
Big Ten Experience
Sports fans won't want to miss this free museum dedicated to the Big Ten. They've got interactive games, a notch and groove basketball court, a football and basketball touch screen, and timelines, speeches, trophies, and more. Speaking of trophies, you can strike your "Heisman" pose for the Heisman Trophy photo op.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
There's a reason this mall was named the Best Factory Outlet Centre in the world. Not only does it have a world-class selection of retailers, several of whom can only be found here, but they also offer world-class services. Text concierge, baggage check to O'Hare, coat check, and reservations are just a few of the services they provide. If you're looking for an upscale shopping experience without paying upmarket prices, Fashion Outlets of Chicago is the place to go.
Five Roses Pub
This Irish pub is a warm bastion of hospitality with a twist. Their menu includes all the bar standards (nachos, wings, potato skins, etc.) and the pub specialties (fish and chips, bangers and mash, corned beef, shepherd's pie, etc.) and throws in a healthy selection of burgers and entrees. As any self-respecting pub should they've got a number of draught beers, too. Come on Friday evening for live acoustic music, and then stay into the night as the pub becomes a club.
Fogo de Chao
This Brazilian steakhouse has more meats on spits than you can shake a stick at. While it is a carnivore's paradise, you don't have to be a meat eater to enjoy Fogo de Chao. Their Market Table has oodles of options, including imported cheeses, fresh vegetables, salads galore, charcuterie, and candied bacon. Their jumbo shrimp cocktail is served with a delightfully spicy cocktail sauce, and they've got a sea bass entree topped with mango and malagueta pepper sauce. With such a selection of cuisine they've also got an extensive wine list so you can find something to match your favorites.
Gene & Georgetti
After 70 years in downtown Chicago's River North neighborhood, Gene & Georgetti finally opened a second location. In addition to the menu that's served them well since 1941, the Rosemont location also offers live music on Saturday nights. Another difference is size. While the original is intimate, Rosemont has a larger capacity with two stories and floor to ceiling windows.
Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse
The legendary Chicago steakhouse has an outpost in Rosemont, so you can get your prime beef (and Gibsons has its own certification) and your big-as-your-head desserts without having to deal with Gold Coast parking. Seafood fans have an extensive array from which to choose as well, including lobster from Australia, King crab legs from Alaska, and salmon from Norway.
For an experience that's straight out of Munich grab a stein and some schnitzel at Hofbräuhaus. One of the few official locations of the German legend, they import their pretzels and their musicians from the homeland.
If you like the idea of skydiving but don't like the idea of jumping out of a plane, put iFLY on your radar. This indoor attraction creates the conditions of free falling in a safe environment. Their wind tunnel generates a cushion of air so you can float like a bird with no tether and no parachute. Unlike skydiving kids as young as three years old can participate, and because you don't have to worry about those pesky planes it's much less expensive.
Kings Bowl Rosemont
When is a bowling alley not just a bowling alley? When it's a Kings. Founded in Boston, Kings Bowl offers bowling, billiards, and an impressive menu worthy of a visit whether you strap on those fancy shoes or not. Everything is made in-house, including the pictured buffalo wontons with their additive ranch dressing (no seasoning packets or dried chives here). Whether it's date night, girls night, guys night, or family night, Kings offers a fun night for all.
MB Financial Park
Welcome to Rosemont's Entertainment District. What was originally planned to be a casino has turned into a family-friendly collection of attractions and restaurants. In addition to the existing entertainment MB Financial Park also hosts seasonal events. In the winter the center park becomes Frozemont, with an ice skating rink and tubing. In the summer there are outdoor concerts and the park's restaurants offer tasty treats from tents set up around the perimeter. MB Financial Park is a year-round destination for theater, dining, and fun!
Muvico Rosemont 18
Watching a movie becomes an experience at this premiere theater offering eighteen screens and large, luxurious seating. The theater screens first-run movies and, whether you're watching a film or not, you can have dinner or drinks or both at the second floor restaurant. At Bogart's you can make it a date night, or bring the kids on Tuesday when they eat for free.
Park Tavern - Rosemont
Craft beer fans can find over forty selections on tap at this gastropub. Expect to find local breweries like Revolution and Two Brothers, as well as Lagunitas, Rogue, and Sweetwater. In addition to burgers and sandwiches they've got their own smoker, so brisket, baby back ribs, and smoked beer can chicken take center stage. Go big with the Smoked Meat Combo and choose three of their smoked dishes with a choice of two sides. They're open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and during the warmer months you can look out at the park from your perch in the Skybar.
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