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November 24, 2021 |

Discover why Rosemont is a must-visit destination this holiday season

Holiday lights, shopping and smiles are just a quick road trip away in Rosemont.

Melissa Karns, for the Village of Rosemont | southbendtribune.com
Take advantage of all Rosemont has to offer this holiday season.

What if you could skip all that holiday hustle and bustle and get to the most-wonderful-time-of-the-year part, like, right now. There’s one place that couples convenience and comfort, charm and cheer, so you can stress less, shop more and get to the other good part — the giving!

The Village of Rosemont offers it all in just 2.5 miles that deliver a hometown feel with a world-class holiday shopping experience. Within walking distance to fine hotels and restaurants, visitors to Rosemont will discover all the luxury stores and entertainment that are sure to usher in the season with a smile.

An easy commute from South Bend and just an hour south of Milwaukee — this unforgettable holiday road-trip destination will wow with big surprises. Still, it’s little wonder why so many have dubbed Rosemont a must visit for holiday shopping and fun and, that’s not to mention, a top Midwest getaway for those who live in the South Bend area.

Close to downtown Chicago and easily accessible from the area’s major highways, Rosemont is home to Fashion Outlets of Chicago, where you’ll discover holiday shopping at its finest. There’s so much to unwrap in this little village that’s just down the road, close to home and big on holiday cheer.

Shop ‘til you drop

Fashion Outlets of Chicago has something for everyone in the family. Get your holiday shopping list checked off while visiting with Santa. Here, you’ll discover not only the Jolly Old Elf himself but 530,000 square feet of luxury shopping experiences, including over 130 top designer outlet stores with high-end amenities, like a “smart” parking garage, a world-class contemporary art collection, children’s wing and more.

And though the weather outside might be frightful, you’ll discover a delightful experience in the only indoor, two-level outlet shopping center in the Midwest.

Fashion Outlets is anchored by Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Forever 21, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. It’s also home to world-class brands, including Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Nike, Swarovski and many others.

Plus, there are several brand-new stores for guests to frequent at Fashion Outlets, including Yves Saint Laurent, Bogner, Brioni, an Express Outlet and major store expansions for Gucci, Michael Kors and Lululemon.

Shop with peace of mind at Fashion Outlets, which are also working to keep you safe with practiced social distancing and cleaning protocols, along with adherence to state and local requirements for face coverings. The shopping center also features an enhanced, high-quality HVAC system with hospital-grade MERV-13 filtration.

Stay and play

While you are in Rosemont, there are 40 amazing restaurants in the village. Find everything from Bub City’s baby-back ribs to Giordano’s authentic Chicago-style pizza, or check into one of 17 Rosemont hotels.

The entertainment options are endless. Check out the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center’s event calendar, where you’ll discover a variety of shows. The Rosemont Theatre is another great live entertainment destination, featuring family-friendly events, concerts and holiday shows like “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical”.

From ice skating at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink to bowling at Kings Dining & Entertainment, there’s something in Rosemont for everyone.

The Allstate Arena is another popular live-entertainment facility, renowned throughout Rosemont and the Midwest. The arena hosts concerts, Chicago Wolves hockey games, “Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party” and other live entertainment events year-round.

While in Rosemont, don’t miss Zanies Comedy Night Club, one of the nation’s most established comedy clubs presenting standup comedy in a personal setting. There’s also bowling at Kings Dining & Entertainment or reach for the sky at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, an indoor skydiving experience that creates realistic free-falling conditions.

Enjoy free ice skating admission at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park Entertainment District through Jan. 4. Everyone can enjoy the thrill of skating on an NHL-sized ice rink. No skates? No problem. Skate rentals are available on-site for $8.

On Nov. 26, visitors can enjoy ice skating beginning at 11 a.m. in addition to several other holiday offerings available throughout the afternoon leading up to the park’s annual “Light Up The Park” tree lighting event.

“The Chicago Wolves Ice Rink is a beloved winter tradition for Rosemont residents and visitors alike,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens in a prepared statement. “The addition of the ice rink to Parkway Bank Park’s variety of dining and entertainment offerings provides a great holiday outing for all ages.”

Be amazed

If you needed one more reason to make Rosemont your holiday road-trip destination this season, get ready to be amazed. The AMAZE Light Festival at Impact Field in Rosemont will transform the ballpark into the ultimate holiday destination with the debut of this light-display extravaganza.

Now open through Jan. 2, visitors can take in an immersive display of more than one million holiday lights. Tickets are on sale now.

More than one million lights will light up Impact Field for the AMAZE Light Festival this holiday season.

Tickets to AMAZE Light Festival start at $23 for adults and $18 for children ages two to 12. Premium ticket packages including access to Impact Field’s Rivers Stadium Club and Leinie Lodge are also available. The “VIP Ticket” is available for $34 per person and includes access to Impact Field’s Leinie Lodge where guests can purchase a variety of specialty drinks. The “Platinum” ticket is available for $85 per person and allows guests access to Impact Field’s Rivers Stadium Club for an all-inclusive indoor premium buffet alongside the best views of the light show. Groups of 10-18 people can celebrate the holiday season in Impact Field’s private suites. Suites must be purchased via phone by calling 847-636-5450.

In addition to enjoying timed light shows and seven theme-based illuminated worlds, AMAZE guests can take advantage of a holiday market, festive food and beverages, a candy shop and much more. And, of course, children can enjoy Santa’s Workshop, holiday craft making and festive train rides on the “Arctic Express.”

Tubing on “Thrill Hill” is available as an add-on experience for $20 per person and includes unlimited rides during the timeframe chosen online. For tickets and more information, visit www.amazerosemont.com.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Chicago Dogs and Artistic Holiday Designs on this festival,” said Stephens, “bringing one of the largest winter festivals in the United States to Rosemont and truly AMAZE guests from across the region.”

Make the Village of Rosemont your holiday road-trip destination this season. With luxury shopping, a variety of dining and endless entertainment options, in just 2.5 miles, you’ll discover, “It’s all here.”