In January, the Village of Rosemont celebrated its 60th anniversary—and boy has the community come far in that time, from an incorporated village with a burgeoning convention district to an all-out entertainment destination vital to locals and visitors traveling to and from the nearby O’Hare Airport. Not only does it boast the massive Allstate Arena and the largess of the Rosemont Theatre, but in the past few years its focus has turned to the growing popularity of MB Financial Park, the 200,000-square-foot complex that offers 13 eclectic venues and an outdoor area where summer concerts and a winter ice rink take center stage. Here’s a look at some of our favorite spots to “park” it:

» Sugar Factory: This full-service candy bar, ice cream parlor and semiprivate chocolate lounge (for 50 seated) is the sweetest. Though it sounds like it’s solely for kids, Sugar Factory turns into an adult party zone at night with a liquor license until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  

» Bub City/Joe’s Live: The newest venue in MB Financial Park is a match made in country heaven. The popular barbecue, beer and whiskey spot Bub City opened its first suburban location at the Park in February. It’s in partnership with Joe’s on Weed Street, which will be booking regular country concerts at the attached Joe’s Live music venue. 

» Hofbrauhaus Chicago: The first German microbrewery in the Chicago area takes its cue from the 400-yearold tradition of Oktoberfest in Munich. Sausages and pretzels are met with beer steins and live music acts flown in from Europe that fill the large hall fitting up to 500 people. 

» iFly Indoor Skydiving: If you want a team-building activity that takes it to another level, consider iFly. A vertical wind tunnel generates a draft of 80 to 175 miles per hour that creates a wall-to-wall cushion of air that makes you feel like you’re actually flying. A third location just opened in Lincoln Park. 

» Fogo de Chao: A new corporate lunch is the talk of the town at this Brazilian steakhouse that offers guests tableside service of 16 different cuts of meat. A gourmet salad bar and expansive wine list round out the experience.

Other restaurants include Five Roses Pub, Park Tavern and Adobe Gila’s Margarita Fajita Cantina, while entertainment ranges from Zanies Comedy Night Club to Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports and the Muvico Theater.

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.