Remember that wonderful feeling of having something to look forward to? This has been one crazy year and your whole family deserves a break, not to mention a fantastic getaway to plan and enjoy.
Great news! Rosemont, Chicago’s entertainment suburb, is here for you. No matter what relaxes you — or pumps you up! — Rosemont is your one-stop, safe destination for a well-earned day trip or staycation this holiday season. And, at just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago and five minutes from O’Hare Airport, Rosemont is close by.
Rosemont has something for every member of the family, from the best shopping in the Midwest to world-class restaurants and plush hotels, to awe-inspiring holiday lights that everyone will love. Rosemont even brings a variety of amenities together in the vibrant new 200,000-square-foot Parkway Bank Park entertainment district.
We have gathered what you need to know to plan your own memorable trip to Rosemont this holiday season. Read on.
For the lover of active fun
Show off your toe loop and triple lutz at Parkway Bank Park, where ice skating at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink has just reopened for the season. Experience the joy of gliding along the ice in a safe and fun environment made even safer and more convenient with 45-minute skating reservations. Contactless reservations for skating and ice skate rentals must be made online in advance at parkwaybankpark.com. Walk-up skating will not be allowed this year, so avoid disappointment and be sure you reserve your skating reservation online.
You’ll be reassured that your whole family can skate safely because at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink, skaters have temperature checks on arrival and there is enhanced cleaning of all the facility’s high-touch surfaces. All staff members wear face masks, and skaters are encouraged to as well.
Admission to the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink is free, and a credit card is required to hold reservations. Skate rental is available for $8 and must be reserved online, or you can bring your own skates. Open every day through Jan. 5, the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink will also be open on Sundays through the end of February. Check for weather-related updates on the Parkway Bank Park hotline, 847-349-5008. No matter your skill level, your whole family is welcome at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink. Salchow jumps are always optional.
For the shopper
Rosemont is home to the award-winning Fashion Outlets of Chicago, where more than 130 designer stores — many found nowhere else in the Midwest — are gathered together in one gorgeous location. Shop the finest designer brands at Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, as well as Forever 21, Kate Spade New York, Nike, Swarovski, Michael Kors, Prada, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Gucci and so much more. There’s even a wing where all of your favorite child-focused retailers — such as the Disney Outlet, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, Abercrombie Kids, Crocs and American Eagle — are located. Talk about convenience!
Proper social distancing protocols and intensified cleaning makes the center an enjoyable and comfortable place to shop. The center features an enhanced, high-quality HVAC system with hospital-grade MERV-13 filtration and employs electrostatic sprayers for a super-clean environment. Throughout the holidays, Fashion Outlets brand ambassadors will be awarding shoppers who are following health and wellness guidelines with rewards from the shopping center’s retailers.
For the joy of holiday beauty
Rosemont boasts a dense cluster of holiday lights sure to delight even the youngest eyes. More than 1 million twinkling lights welcome you and encourage you to celebrate the holiday season. Stroll through Parkway Bank Park and catch an eyeful, then check out Rosemont’s many decorated parks and cruise River Road to take in the many delightful displays of holiday decorations.
Don’t be surprised if your children talk about the holiday lights for months and months to come, because this is a wonderful and unique way to build lifelong memories. Who knows? You may even make this trip a new family holiday tradition.
For the foodie
Three words: endless dining options. Choose from authentic southern barbecue, traditional Italian favorites, Brazilian steak, Chicago-style stuffed pizza, hearty Mexican fare, flavorful Indian delights, freshly caught seafood, and so much more. Are you hungry yet?
Rosemont is home to a huge variety of must-visit restaurants the whole family can enjoy. Dine on a festive outdoor patio, grab a takeout order to-go, or enjoy convenient delivery. Get your tastebuds ready for an unforgettable experience. Among the dozens of tried-and-true favorites, you’ll find something new that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
For the getaway
Finally, it’s your turn to relax and let someone else worry about vacuuming and making the beds. Turn your visit to Rosemont into a well-deserved staycation at one of the area’s many hotels. Whether you bring the whole family or sneak away with a special someone, you can anticipate a relaxing experience where your every need is taken care of. Consider Loews Chicago O’Hare, The Rose Hotel, or any one of your favorites right in Rosemont. This is the time to take advantage of holiday promotions and special offers, too! Here are a couple from aloft Chicago O’Hare to get you excited:
Fast Shop & Stop Package includes overnight accommodations, Fashion Outlets Savings Pass (worth up to $800 in exclusive savings), Fashion Outlets tote bag, complimentary parking, complimentary guestroom Wi-Fi, a $10 Re:fuel voucher per night and 2 p.m. late check out. $139 per night.Date Night Package includes overnight accommodations, two mini champagne bottles and chocolates, complimentary parking, complimentary guestroom Wi-Fi and 2 p.m. Late check out. $139 per night.