There’s a new family destination in town, and it’s called MB Financial Park in Rosemont. If you haven’t been to Rosemont recently, I encourage you to finish reading this post before you roll your eyes. MB Financial Park is a bustling 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining destination that opened in 2012. We’ve recently brought the kids out there on a couple of separate occasions and had a whopper of a good time.
This outdoor complex is built around a large turf field where kids can play frisbee, soccer and just run around and be kids.
There is a state of the art movie theatre, and a snazzy bowling alley called Kings Lane. Unlike so many local bowling alleys, Kings Lane is an upscale retro themed bowling alley where even the parents won’t mind hanging out. They have 20 10-pin lanes, big screen tvs everywhere to watch the sports games and you can order food to your lane. Unlike other bowling alleys though, this is food that you’ll enjoy eating. We sampled the Cobb salad, pizza, burgers, hummus platter and chicken wings, and they were all beyond your typical greasy bowling alley fare and greatly exceeded our expectation. The hostess was also very accommodating to the ever changing requests from my kids about who wanted bumpers up and who wanted them down (LOL).
If eating while you bowl is not quite your thing, which I can totally understand, there are a number of other dining options in the park area. There is Adobe Gila’s Mexican Cantina, Five Roses Irish Pub, and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar featuring BBQ and live country music. My kids loved eating at the Hofbräuhaus, a family friendly German Beer hall. They have a great patio, where we sat, that overlooks the turf allowing the kids to play on the field while you wait for your food. It also means mom and dad can enjoy a leisurely beer or cocktail. We then feasted on giant Bavarian pretzels, salads, schnitzel and bratwursts. They do have a kids menu featuring the standard items if you need. They have nightly entertainment in the form of live music (and stein holding contests on Friday nights that really draw the audience participation), and since the restaurant is quite lively you won’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors. By the way, kids eat free on Tuesdays. 2 kids under 10yrs old per family.
The latest addition to the MB Financial park is iFly, an indoor simulated skydiving facility. This is so great (for all ages) that it requires a separate post, which will be up tomorrow. Make sure to check back to see how much even Little liked it.
And, let’s not forget The Fashion Outlets of Chicago which are across the street. We thought we’d take a quick spin through and were quite surprised with how long we wound up staying. Husband and I kept saying, “just one more stop” as we walked through the mall with the kids. In particular, we found Crewcuts (in the J Crew factory store) to be great. We scored great blue dress blazers for the boys for quite a steal. We also outfitted Little for the summer. On our way out, we stopped in Lolli & Pops candy store and let the kids pick out some treats for the ride home.
Note: At MB Financial Park, parking is free with validation inside any of the restaurants or entertainment venues.