Donald E. Stephens Convention Center – Things To Do With Your Team

Named after Donald E. Stephens, Rosemont’s first mayor, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center has all of the amenities your team needs. The 840,000 square foot exhibit space is more than enough room to house a tournament. There’s also a Starbucks inside, which is a nice perk. Exploring beyond the convention center is also a great idea when you and your team don’t have to be there. Rosemont has plenty of things to do nearby that will help make your trip to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center more memorable.

Things to Do


Hit the alley and bowl away the day or night at Kings. This retro style decorated bowling alley gives off a unique vibe. Equipped with disco balls, UV lights, and surprisingly comfortable wooden benches, Kings is a cool place to bowl. You and your team can easily spend a few hours and have a blast the whole time. There won’t be a dull moment while you’re there. In addition to bowling, Kings has pool tables and shuffleboard courts. If you’re waiting for your turn to bowl, or are taking a break from it, you can have some fun shooting some pool instead. Kings even takes care of lunch and dinner. Their talented kitchen pumps out delectable dishes like fried mac and cheese bites, wings, various sandwiches and burgers, tacos, and many other entrees. The team will have so much fun at Kings that you might end up making a return visit or two before you leave Rosemont. 5505 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

If there’s one place that pre-teens and teens flock to, it’s the mall. Malls have become the quintessential hangout spot for teenagers simply because there’s so much to do under one roof. Fashion Outlets of Chicago is no different. An added bonus to taking the team to a mall is that you can let them wander off and have a little time to yourself. You and your team will thoroughly enjoy Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s two floors of stores; there are over 150 to shop at, as well as four anchor stores. With so much store diversity, everyone on your team will find a store they’re interested in. You’ll also find a lot of restaurants where you can grab a bite if you get hungry. Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a no brainer when your team has a tournament at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018

Rosemont Stadium

You’ve probably been to either a major league or minor league baseball game at some point, but what about a professional softball game? Well, now’s your chance. Visit Rosemont Stadium to watch the Chicago Bandits play a thrilling game of softball. This team of talented ladies is guaranteed to provide you with an exciting night out. Tickets are very affordable and even more so if you purchase them before game day. If you want to enhance your experience at Rosemont Stadium, you have a few options available to you. You can honor your team by doing an on field recognition during the game or commemorate your trip by taking an on field photo. Your team can even lead the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the fifth inning stretch! Any group with 15 or more people will be eligible for a discounted ticket rate. 27 Jennie Finch Way, Rosemont, IL 60018

AMC DINE-IN Rosemont 18

Looking for something to do where you can unwind after a long day? Why not go see a movie? Just a short walk from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, AMC DINE-IN Rosemont 18 plays all of the current films your team wants to see. The cinema shows as many as 18 movies throughout the day, each with multiple show times. The flexibility of Rosemont 18 is a welcomed trait, since trips can be hectic at times. You can always bank on the fact that you can go see a movie at any time. As you may have surmised from the name, the theater isn’t just a place to watch movies; you can also eat a meal there. Once you sit down in one of AMC’s comfortable seats, a server will come to take your order. They’ll even bring it directly to you, so you never have to get up while the movie is playing. Fear not though, you can still get the classics like buttered popcorn, cheesy nachos, and sugar filled candy. 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018

Rosemont Theatre

A popular venue that hosts all sorts of shows, Rosemont Theatre could be an ideal attraction for your team. The list of acts that have performed at Rosemont Theatre is quite impressive. People as famous as comedian Jerry Seinfeld have done shows there! Various bands, dance ensembles, and even game shows like The Price is Right have made an appearance to Rosemont Theatre. Check the venue’s website before your trip to Rosemont to see if there’s anything you and your team would be interested in attending. 5400 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

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Places to Eat

Park Tavern

Regardless of your team’s meal preferences, Park Tavern’s menu has something for everyone and it’s close by the Donalds E. Stephens Convention Center. Many kinds of sandwiches and burgers make for tempting options. There’s also tacos and barbeque available. Park Tavern’s famous buffalo chicken mac and cheese is undoubtedly a highlight of the menu. Other entrees like chicken parmesan and Jambalaya can also be found there. 5433 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018


Chicago is famous for its deep-dish pizza. You need to try it at least once before you leave. Giordano’s is the perfect place to do so. There are so many ways to order your pizza at Giordano’s. Between the different meats, vegetables, and other toppings, it could take you a while to decide. Thin crust pizzas are also made for order, so fret not thin crust fans. Giordano’s menu includes sandwiches and Italian classics like lasagna and Fettucine Alfredo as well. 9415 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Cilantro Taco Grill

Everyone loves a good taco now and again. When you’re in the Rosemont area, Cilantro Taco Grill can provide the fix for your Mexican food craving. Their variety of tacos is impressive and so are the many burritos and tortas (sandwiches). No matter what you get from Cilantro Taco Grill, your meal will be made with quality ingredients and cooked just the way you like it. 9509 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Bub City

Predominately a barbeque joint, Bub City is bound to surprise you with how delicious their barbeque is. You wouldn’t expect a restaurant in the Chicago area to know how to grill barbeque so well, but the chefs at Bub City are experts. Beef ribs, brisket, chicken, and pork are all great choices if you want to experience some of Bub City’s excellent barbeque. In addition to that, you’ll find hamburgers, sandwiches, and of course, fried chicken. On some nights, Bub City also has live bands playing. Listen to some music and have a fantastic dinner at Bub City when you’re in the area. 5441 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018

Being on the outskirts of Chicago has its advantages. In Rosemont, you have a host of opportunities for entertainment that your team will enjoy. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of some of them while you have a tournament at the Donald E. Stephen Convention Center. Don’t forget that Rosemont has a multitude of fantastic dining establishments where you and your team can get an awesome meal.