This time of year in Rosemont, home of O’Hare International Airport, is full of seasonal excitement and family fun. Dining, hotels, entertainment, and shopping make this town a perfect place to be despite the cold, wintry weather. Since everything at Parkway Bank Park is so close, you can do all your holiday shopping and enjoy a fun night out all at one convenient destination!

rosemontFor one thing, the Family Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, 10/6 from 1-6 p.m. It’s free! Families can enjoy live music, a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin decorating, balloon sculpting, and magicians! For another, the sixth annual Oktoberfest takes place at Hofbrauhaus from 9/14-10/28 to celebrate German beer and everything Bavarian.

Or, if you prefer to do a bit of holiday shopping, head over to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago! The annual “Fashionably Late” 24-hour Black Friday shopping event takes place from 10 p.m. 11/23 (Thanksgiving) to 10 p.m. 11/24 for your head-start on big deals at 130 designer outlets. Santa HQ, where your family can meet the man himself, is open every day starting 11/9. Make the season less painful by getting your shopping done on the cheap and entertaining your kids at the same time! And pets too, since Mondays from 11/26-12/17 are reserved for your furry friends to get pics with Santa. Stop by Concierge Services to pick up your $5 Fashion Outlets Savings Pass (free with AAA, an international passport, or military ID).

rosemontThen, as it gets colder out, Parkway Bank Park will host the annual FROZEMENT ice rink, in the middle of all the great restaurants and nightlife, right after its annual tree lighting, “Light Up the Park,” on Friday, 11/24. Expect Santa and Mrs. Claus photo opps, ice carving, and horse-drawn sleighs. The rink is available through the end of the year.

As winter comes in, Rosemont is a great place to be because everything you need is so close! We recommend making reservations in advance at upscale eateries like Adobe Gila’s, Bub City, The Sugar Factory, and Park Tavern – they get busy on weekend evenings. For nighttime partying afterwards, Five Roses Pub, Kings Bowl, and Zanies Comedy Club are excellent options. For more information, check out!

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