Showing posts with label Rosemont IL. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014



Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the first and only German micro-brewery, beer hall and restaurant in the Chicago area, celebrated its one-year anniversary Friday, January 24 in MB Financial Park at Rosemont.   We had a press opening already, so sadly we couldn't make it out in person for the festivities, but plan to visit soon.   I'm half German, and although my relatives have been born in America for 4 generations, I still have a soft spot for German beer, food and culture.

Located at 5500 Park Place, the custom- built 20,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery began its anniversary celebration at 5 p.m. last Friday. A traditional keg tapping ceremony, led by Hofbräuhaus Chicago owners Mike Matuschka, Joe Matuschka and Ted Wynn, took place at 7 p.m. 

In its first year of business, Hofbräuhaus Chicago guests enjoyed a plethora of celebrity keg tappings, with guests including professional football player Patrick Mannelly and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, live entertainment and deliciously authentic brews and fare. 

In 2013, guests enjoyed 217,637 liters of Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s freshly-brewed beers, 34,614 jumbo German pretzels, 41,520 schnitzel dishes and 13,697 apfelstrudel desserts.

“We are so grateful that the Chicago community has embraced Hofbräuhaus Chicago with such enthusiasm,” says Mike Matuschka. “Hofbräuhaus Chicago brings an authentic experience to Chicagoland and we look forward to celebrating many more years of live music, delicious fresh beer, traditional cuisine and German fun.”

Anniversary celebration festivities also featured live music from an authentic “Oompah” band all the way from the Alps, a parade led by a lively German bugle corp., delicious Bavarian fare and, of course, Hofbräuhaus Chicago beer, brewed onsite using 400-year-old-techniques.

Hofbräuhaus Chicago is located at 5500 Park Place in Rosemont, in the MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Valet parking is available for a minimal charge, and parking is also available in the nearby parking garage (free with validation). An on-site gift store is filled with unique gift items, apparel and traditional beer steins. Reservations are available. For more information, call (847) 671-BREW (2739) or visit

Hours of Operation
Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m. – midnight Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Live Entertainment Schedule
Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Wednesday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday: 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday: Noon – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

A Brief History of the Hofbräuhaus
In 1589, Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, dissatisfied with the beer that was being brewed locally, retained brew master Heimeran Pongratz to create a rich brown ale that both suited his palate and followed the rigorous “Bavarian Beer Purity Law” of 1516 that stated that only natural ingredients could be used in the brewing process. Beer (like bread) was considered a basic foodstuff at the time, as well as a beauty treatment for the ladies of the court, who typically consumed seven liters daily. Beer from the Hofbräuhaus (which means official brewery for the Duke’s court), quickly grew in popularity and in 1602 a wheat beer was developed at the request of Wilhelm’s son and successor Duke Maximilian I.

By 1607, the need for 38,000 gallons each year necessitated a move to larger brewing quarters, so Munich’s Hofbräuhaus was erected in its current location. In 1828, responding to complaints from Munich's ordinary citizens that they were not permitted to enjoy the Hofbräuhaus beer from the royal brewery like the public employees, Ludwig I issued a decree granting a license for the beer and cuisine to be served publicly in the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, giving commoners the opportunity to lift steins at the same table as the gentry. Thus, the Hofbräuhaus Inn that attracts millions each year was opened.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago Brings Classic Bavarian Specialties to the Park in Rosemont.

Today, Hofbräuhaus is an iconic symbol of Bavaria with indelible ties to the Munich’s history. During the Thirty Years War when the Swedes occupied Munich, they struck a deal with city leaders: in exchange for not pillaging and plundering the city, they would leave peacefully if given 362 buckets of Hofbräuhaus beer. In 1780, Mozart credited the Hofbräuhaus with providing him the strength to write his opera “Idomeneo.”

On October 12, 1810, the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen involved all the citizens of Munich; the celebration grew into the Oktoberfest, an annual festival now so closely associated in the minds of many with the Hofbräuhaus. In January 1823, Hofbräuhaus beer was used to extinguish a fire at the Munich Opera House when firefighters discovered their water supply frozen. In 1935, composer Wiga Gabriel and lyricist Klaus Siegfried Richter wrote the famous Hofbräuhaus song - "In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus - oans, zwoa, g'suffa!" (“In Munich there's a Hofbräuhaus - one, two, and down the hatch!”).

Monday, June 17, 2013

BMX Tricks in Chi-Town in June With King BMX Stunt Show at MB Financial Park in Rosemont

We just watched Nitro Circus on Netflicks on Father's Day (Dad's choice) and everyone enjoyed the extreme tricks.

They are doing a LIVE US Tour but so far there's not a visit to Chicago listed.   In the mean time, if you want to see some extreme BMX bike flips and tricks this month you're in luck.

June 28-29: King BMX Stunt Show
Visitors to MB Financial Park at Rosemont will enjoy summer thrills with the arrival of the King BMX Stunt Show. King BMX Stunt Show riders have amazed crowds all over the country with their bicycle performance that features high-flying aerial stunts such as back flips and tail whips. These mind-boggling technical maneuvers will be executed on the ground and ramps that will be set up and personalized to the terrain of MB Financial Park.

Schedule for King BMX Stunt show:
Friday June 28: 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 29: 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.


This summer, MB Financial Park at Rosemont will be abuzz with the ultimate in dining, entertainment, charity events, and a free summer music festival.  The Village of Rosemont will host a free, summer-long music festival Rockin’ in the Park that begins June 6, and King BMX Stunt Show rolls into MB Park June 28. 
Rockin’ in the Park: Free Summer Concert Series
The 2013 Rockin’ in the Park festival will be a summer-long concert series, beginning on Thursday, June 6 and continuing through Thursday, August 15. The festival will feature eleven live bands, fireworks and food and beverage tents on the great lawn in the center of new MB Financial Park at Rosemont.
Throughout June, July, and August, there will be a variety of live music including 7th Heaven, Hi Infidelity, Kashmir, Spazmatics, Arra, Libido, Funk Circus, 16 Candles, American English, Modern Day Romeos, Infinity and Breakfast Club. On June 6, July 3, and August 8, a spectacular fireworks show will directly follow the accompanying music act. Admission is free, parking is free with validation and outside coolers cannot be brought into the park.

Thursday, June 20: Kashmir – Seeking to re-create the experience of a 70's Zeppelin show utilizing authentic vintage stage gear, costumes and special effects, Kashmir prides themselves on playing Zeppelin as it was. They only use the equipment from the era with songs reproduced with great respect and admiration for the legendary band."It's not about us, it's about Led Zeppelin.”

Thursday, June 27: Spazmatics – Bringing all the awesome sounds, styles and way cool dance steps from the 1980's, the Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment, complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed-hair and horn-rimmed glasses.


About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois: Rosemont, Illinois, Chicagoland’s business and entertainment suburb, is conveniently located five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago’s downtown. Rosemont is home to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, the Allstate Arena, the Rosemont Theatre and a host of entertainment and retail venues including MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve based on the new vision of Mayor Bradley A. Stephens. The newest addition to the Rosemont community, set to open in August 2013, will be the Fashion Outlets of Chicago For more information visit

About The MB Financial Park at Rosemont: MB Financial Park at Rosemont is a 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining complex that will house eight venues offering upscale international cuisine, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film, bowling and more. Conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is easily accessible from Chicago as well as the suburbs. The address is 5501 Park Place, a new looping street situated west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral Avenues.  A 20-minute drive from Chicago’s Loop, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is walking distance from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the CTA Blue Line Rosemont station and Rosemont Theatre. Convenient parking is available.

About Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation: The mission of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation is to provide opportunities and resources to children and their families who are in need.  Since 2005, Charles Tillman's charitable efforts have impacted the lives of over one million Chicago-area children.  For more information, please visit

About King BMX Stunt Show:King BMX Stunt Shows is a full service BMX entertainment company. Its founder, Kieth King, has been involved with BMX Freestyle since 1985. One of the top stunt shows in the nation, clients range from the NBA, Nascar, IRL, and State Fairs to small town festivals, colleges and high schools as well as shopping malls and company events. King BMX riders have competed at the X Games, Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports Tour, have been featured on Fox Sports and Monday Night Football, and were featured on multiple episodes of the 2012 season of NBC's America's Got Talent (as the American BMX Stunt Team). Videos of their daring performances can be found at

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wicked Wild Wizard World Comic Con 2012 #Photo Filled Recap

ChiIL Mama's Adventures at Comic Con 2012

We had a blast at Wizard World Comic Con 2012 Thursday.   This show is massive, with something for all ages.   Steampunk costume pieces abound, and collectors and autograph hounds will have a field day.   There's also a robust "Artist's Alley" where you can see illustrators in action, and numerous authors are available for book signings.


Vintage toy and comic collectors as well as gamers can gather and geek out all weekend.   

The people watching's prime!

We went last year--you can check out our 2011 photo filled recaps here and our hints about kids' day this Sunday.

Thursday, my kids were elated to find an Elope Dragon hat & Totoro backpack.   We've been searching for both for a year, after they sold out locally.   We also got some rockin' steampunk goggles, 2 blind box punk unicorn collectable characters, 2 tiny steampunk hats and a Skelanimals backpack.

There are loads of unique, hand made items.   Our fam has called all barrettes, clips and hair hoo-has "hair babies" since Sagezilla was 3 and had some wooden doll heads on bands.   So, we were amused by these actual hair babies.

Space....the final frontier.   Get in a relaxing space and ChiIL Out at Wizard World Comic Con.

Pros of going on a week day....crowds were down, so we got first pick of the merch and could move quickly or spend time getting more in depth info from the vendors.

Cons of going on a week day....crowds were down, so we didn't get as many outrageously cool costume shots as we do on Comic Con weekends. 

Must See:

Chevy is everywhere!    Stop by their booth front n center--ya can't miss it.   Fill out a short form and leave with some hot shades and a chance to win some serious cool cash!!

"Skully Business"

Pricey Favorites we wish we coulda' bought but restrained ourselves:

I dig their symbol, too.   Kinda like a sweet celtic tat version of those plastic dealies that went in the center of 45's back in the day...

We're all about the UtiliKilt.   In fact we were just on their web site Wed night, drooling over the cool styles and colors.   Then there they magically were at Wizard World.   What can I say...  I dig dudes in skirts and have a soft spot for Scots.   Price range $200-$525.

You can enter on their web site to win one free, but only if you've already got one.   Sigh.   You've gotta photograph yourself in it (complete with feet) and send the shots in with a cool back story, for your chance to win one.  

Xtra hot with punk boots--can I win one for taking a picture of HIM in it...including the feet?!   There's gotta be some loop hole...

Upscale Anime Punk Boutique Fashions from Japan

This kitten's got style.  Meee Yow!   I'd love to fill my closet with these dark, Japanese goth goodies.  

They also have a web site right here with some sweet deals that'll make you puuuurrrrrrrr.   


To the bat cave!!   Wizard World Comic Con 2012 will be gone after Sunday, so go already!   Then check back with ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL....early and often.   We'll have more Top Picks and Must See Tips for Wizard World all weekend!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wizard World Through The Magic of Smart Phones

Wizard World Unveils Mobile App In Time For Chicago Comic Con

Breaking News Today--Schedules, Profiles, News, Photos, Maps, Notifications And More Just A Tap Away

Now druids and droids can work in harmony!   So make sure your super hero spandex has a smart phone pocket.   ChiIL Live Shows/ChiIL Mama will be there again this year, to bring you loads of photo filled coverage. 

Just in time for its longest-running and most-attended show, Wizard World today unveiled the “Official Wizard World Comic Con App,” a must-have for attendees to get the most out of events before, during and after each show, beginning with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.  

The free app is available for smartphones running on iOS or Android, in the App Store (Apple) and Google Play.

The Official Wizard World Comic Con App serves as a robust event guide for convention attendees, as well as a way for fans to connect with each other and learn about what's new with Wizard World year round.  Some of the standout features include:

  • Event schedule, with days, times and details of programming, photo ops, VIP events and more.  Attendees can mark their favorites and share with friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • Push notifications of programming updates and contests
  • Celebrity and artist profiles
  • Convention Map
  • Handy ticketing function for upgrades and upcoming events
  • Exhibitor specials and profiles
  • Photos and videos updated from the show floor
  • News and info from Wizard World's Twitter, Facebook and Blogs
Features will be added as the app grows, and fans are encouraged to let Wizard World know which they enjoy most and which new ones would be helpful.

“The app is a great way for attendees to keep up with all the fun activities going on at Wizard World shows and to be a part of our shows year round,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “We think it's a good start and we look forward to feedback from attendees and other fans as to how to make it serve them even better.”

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****

August 9-12, 2012 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 - December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
TBD, 2013 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
May 30 - June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

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