Whether you're flying in or driving to the National Sports Collectors Convention, the Chicago suburb of Rosemont offers plenty of hotels and great restaurants just a short drive, walk or cab ride away.
Here are some reasonably prices options. All inns in this article offer free airport shuttle service. Room rates may not include room tax.
Less than two miles away is the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare, 10249 West Irving Park Road, Schiller Park. Rooms start at $69.30; free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, desk and coffee maker are included. Up to three children under eighteen years old are free. Onsite you’ll find an indoor pool, restaurant and lounge, free parking, sauna, gym, business center and concierge desk.
Across the street from the convention center is the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare. Their rooms start at $89.00 and feature a thirty-seven inch flat screen TV and alarm with MP 3 player hook up. Dine at their Mediterranean themed restaurant. Wi-Fi is $9.99 per twenty-four hours.
Walk the skywalk to the convention center from the Doubletree Hotel Chicago O’Hare Airport. Register for a room starting at $86.80 and choose from two restaurants (love the free cookies on check-in).
A good bargain is four miles away at the Super 8 Motel O’Hare Elk Grove, 2951 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village. Rooms start at approximately $80.00. Enjoy a free continental breakfast, indoor pool, game room,Wi-fi and parking. Shoppers will take the free downtown shuttle.
Two great Chicago restaurants are in Rosemont. Morton's The Steakhouse has the best steaks in America according to People Magazine. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse is decked out in memorabilia if you can't get enough at the show. Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse has been called a "Meat Eater's Paradise" (the 'meat' theme lets you know you're in the Midwest). There is also O'H American Grill which has a big variety to choose from. The hotels right across the street from the convention hall all have restaurants inside, too.
What else is there to do?
The Cubs are home during the latter half of the convention's run. They have three afternoon games with the Cincinnati Reds August 5-7. Can’t get away during the day? Stay an extra day and watch their night game with the Washington Nationals August 8.
If you're arriving early, the White Sox are home through Thursday, Aug. 4, taking on the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field each night at 7:10 pm.
If you're into soccer, head to to Toyota Field in Bridgeview Wednesday, August 3 where the Chicago Fire plays the Philadelphia Union at 8 pm.
Bringing the wife and kids? On Sunday night at 6, there's a WNBA game as the Chicago Sky plays the Indiana Fever. On Friday night, also at nearby Allstate Arena in Rosemont, is American Idol Live at 7 p.m. The best eleven performers of the tour will appear.
Navy Pier and Lincoln Park Zoo are within twenty miles. Admission to the Zoo is free. By train take the Brown or Purple line to Armitage station, about one mile west of the zoo. Parking is $19 for over three hours. Zoo members pay a flat fee of $9.
And music fans are fired up about Lollapalooza, the annual music fest. Cold Play, Eminem, Muse, Foo Fighter and The Cars are among the bigger name acts, but there are dozens playing all weekend in Grant Park.