Make the Most of Your Time at Festival Outside of the Convention Center!
One of the best parts of about Festival in Rosemont is the close proximity of everything you need. In a two-mile radius, you have access to all kinds of entertainment, dining, and retail options.
Around the Block
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, home to Chicago Quilt Festival, sits within the dimensions of an area known as the “Mini Mile,” an alternative to the famous Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The Mini Mile is home to everything needed for a successful stay in the city of Rosemont.
Everyone knows you can’t visit the Chicago area without indulging in some world famous deep dish pizza. Luckily, you don’t have to make the trip down to Chicago to try it! Giordano’s has a 40-year reputation for their deep-dish pie, serving the area since 1974.
If you’ve had your pizza fix and are looking for steak or seafood options, you’re in luck! Directly across the street from the convention center, you’ll find Gibson’s, the only restaurant group to be awarded its own USDA Prime Certification. Gibson’s offers a menu featuring tasty appetizers, local favorites, steaks and chops, burgers, salads, and sandwiches.
The recently renovated Morton’s is also across the street from the convention center, introducing a new bar and outdoor patio. Morton’s menu features bar bites, lunch, dinner, cocktails, beer, and wine. Gluten sensitive and soy sensitive options are also available.
If you’re looking to spice it up a bit, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse offers a smaller menu filled with big flavor with their traditional Brazilian cuisine accompanied with award-winning wine and cocktails.
For a dining option unique to the area, walk on over to Hofbräuhaus Chicago for Bavarian and sausage specialties, burgers, fish, steak, and vegetarian options. Bavarian beers, seasonal beers, and a variety of micro-brewed beers are available.
If you’re having a craving for nearby Mexican, visit either Maria’s Mexican Restaurant or Adobe Gila’s. Maria’s menu is loaded with traditional Mexican dishes, spotlighting their famous Pollo en Mole, Carne Azteca, and Maria’s Delight. Adobe Gila’s offers over 75 tequilas and 30 draft beers and a “Fiesta Friday” happy hour from 3-6pm with tacos, margaritas, and select beers for a discounted price. If you’re arriving after 9pm, please note that there will be $5 cover and a monitored dress code Friday and Saturday nights.
Whether you need some downtime to relax from the bustle of Festival activities, or you’re still floating from the excitement of the show, there’s an activity to please everyone.
For those in search of more excitement, consider places like Escape Brigade Escape Rooms or iFLY. If you’re up for a challenge, grab a friend and head to the 60-minute immersive adventure and work together to find your way out of the Escape Room. If you’re looking for an even bigger thrill, visit iFLY for a real-life experience of skydiving in a safe, controlled environment.
For some entertainment on the more casual side of things, Parkway Bank Park offers the AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 showing the latest films, Zanies Comedy Club for dinner and a show, or King’s Dining and Entertainment, a retro dining and bowling establishment, serving cocktails, beer, and a variety of exceptional cuisine.
Rosemont is home to two unique museums, the Big 10 Experience and the Museum of Hummels. For the sports fan, the Big 10 Experience is a digital museum with 13 interactive exhibits, detailing the conference’s academic and athletic history, beginning in 1896. Admission is free, with hours varying from the weekdays to weekends.
The Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels is the largest public display of M.I. Hummel figurines in the entire world. Hummels are porcelain figurines based on the drawings of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. Over 1,000 rare hummels are on display, with the collection continuously growing.
If you get to Rosemont and realize you left a necessity at home (or realize you need more comfortable shoes to successfully conquer Quilt Festival!), the Fashion Outlets of Chicago have you covered! With an endless directory and a list of current sales online, the outlets (conveniently adjacent to the convention center) are sure to have you covered. If you have a car with you, the outlet also provides free parking for guests.
Into the Windy City
Bustling with excitement with something new on every corner, you can’t go wrong visiting a city like Chicago. If you have extra time before your plane leaves or are turning yours Quilt Festival trip into a mini vacation including a stay in the city, we have some pointers for how to conquer a huge city with little time.
Here are some highly suggested options!
Best view of the Skyline:
1601 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
100 Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60610
29 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
if Pizzeria Uno is packed, visit
their sister shop down the road:
619 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Millennium Park (home to the famous Bean)
For bus and train routes for navigating the Rosemont and Chicago area, visit the Chicago Transit site.
For a city suggested sightseeing map complete with a transit map, click here!
For whatever you choose to do in Rosemont, we hope you have a fantastic trip, and can’t wait to see you at 2018 Chicago Quilt Festival!