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There’s nothing better than when the Chicago weather finally breaks and spring starts to make its appearance. The thermometer starts to rise, the budding of the annual flowers start to poke through the soil and the extended daylight gives us extra hours in our day.

In honor of that happy Spring Forward feeling, I’ve got a list of fresh, new additions to the Rosemont area for locals and visitors to look forward to. From restaurants to a second entertainment district, Rosemont has a ton in store for 2018. Time to get your calendars out and start planning your summer fun!

A Dog Day Afternoon at the Ballpark

(Photo Credit: The Chicago Dogs)

2018 is the Year of the Dog, so what better way to spend a summer weekend than at the ballpark with the brand new Minor League Baseball Team, The Chicago Dogs? The new Chicago namesake team will begin their inaugural season at Impact Fielda world-class stadium housing up to 6,300 seats, premium suites and 800+ parking spots. Finishing touches for the new venue’s construction phase are now underway, before it opens to the public on May 25, 2018, for the Dogs’ very first home game.

(Photo Credit: The Chicago Dogs)

Located on Balmoral Avenue, just a few blocks from Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, the Chicago Dogs’ new home is shaping up to be one of the biggest additions to the area in years, offering up extraordinary sporting and entertainment experiences for locals, tourists and baseball fanatics alike. Who knows, you may catch the next star Chicago Cubs player before they hit it big…

Tickets and merchandise are on sale now via thechicagodogs.com.

Pearls Go with Everything … including Rosemont!

If you’ve visited the Rosemont area before you’ve likely strolled through Parkway Bank Park (previously known as MB Financial Park). There, you may have stopped to enjoy some downtime in the park’s  green space, sipped on a candy confection cocktail at the Sugar Factory, taken flight at iFly Indoor Skydiving or even visited the Big 10 Facility. Yes, there’s an insane amount of things to see and do here in one day. So, thank goodness for the extra hours of daylight savings time, because Rosemont is upping the ante this summer with the addition of the new mixed-used complex called The Pearl District.

(Photo Credit: Village of Rosemont)

Located at the intersections of Balmoral Avenue and Pearl Street, this new entertainment district will be home to new restaurants including Dave & Busters as well as additional 20,000 square feet of tenant space – all which will eventually link the current Parkway Bank Park to the new developments within the Pearl District.

Eat, Drink and Be Murray

Depending on the era in which you were hatched, you may or may not have seen the iconic cult-classic film; Caddyshack. For those who did, get ready to rejoice because Chicago’s very own Bill Murray and his five brothers are heading back to their old stomping grounds and opening their second Murray Bros. Caddyshack Bar & Restaurant in Rosemont this April! For those who didn’t see the movie, I highly recommend grabbing a bag of popcorn and catching up on the Caddyshack classic before heading over to try the food… Go ahead, I’ll wait here…

…Okay, welcome back! Now that you’ve caught up on the flick, let’s learn some more about how Bill Murray — who’s known mostly for his acting roles in some of the biggest movies of the last 20 years — got on the restaurateur bandwagon.

How It All Began

(Photo Credit: Murray Bros. Website)

“The six Murray brothers grew up on the North Shore of Chicago. Their parents, Ed and Lucille Murray raised nine children in a sweet little house on a leafy street in Wilmette, Illinois. As teenagers, the boys spent their summers working as caddies at the local private country club; it was that experience that inspired Brian Doyle Murray to write the classic golf comedy, Caddyshack. Many of the brothers participated in the making of the movie and can be found standing around in some of the funniest scenes.”

“In the late 1990s, Chef Andy Murray and his close friend and entrepreneur Mac Haskell, came up with the idea of taking the Caddyshack movie concept and pairing it with a restaurant. To ensure their asylum would stand out from the pack, they chose a Caddyshack/Murray family theme that would fit into the relaxed but lively mood of their ideal restaurant. The very first Murray Bros. Caddyshack restaurant opened in June 2001 in St. Augustine, Florida, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. They’ve stood by their “extension of our living room” as its descriptor of the restaurant mentality. The Murray Bros. Caddyshack team takes food seriously, without forgetting that nothing stands in the way of a satisfied guest more than great food.” —Murray Bros. Website

Pair a meal at the Caddyshack-themed restaurant with an afternoon at the new Impact Field for a Chicago Dogs game, and you’ll have yourself quite a sporty afternoon.

In addition to all of these exciting new happenings for 2018, keep your eyes peeled for more news about the Harley-Davidson 20K SF two-story Leasing Facility, slated to open towards the end of the year prior to the holidays. The center will offer rentals of Harley-Davidson’s famous road hogs, so you can land at O’Hare Airport, hop on a Harley and head off towards the sunset for the road trip of a lifetime.

See you in Rosemont!

Kelly