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MAYOR BRAD STEPHENS
STATE OF THE VILLAGE ADDRESS
ROSEMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TO PROVIDE A BRIEF LOOK BACK AT THE PAST YEAR, AS WELL AS A SNAPSHOT OF THE YEAR TO COME.

WE CUT THE RIBBON ON MORETTI’S AROUND THIS TIME LAST YEAR. WE
CELEBRATED SPRING WITH THE OPENINGS OF DAVE & BUSTER’S IN THE PEARL DISTRICT AND MURRAY BROS. CADDYSHACK IN THE CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL.

ALL THREE ARE GREAT ADDITIONS TO THE CASUAL DINING OPTIONS HERE IN ROSEMONT:

  • MORETTI’S IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO GRAB A PIZZA OR JUST MEET FRIENDS FOR A DRINK;
  • DAVE & BUSTER’S MENU IS AS EXPANSIVE AS ITS ARCADE IS BUSY;
  • CADDYSHACK HAS THE STAR POWER ATMOSPHERE, AND OCCASIONALLY, THE STAR TO GO WITH IT. TRY SOME OF THEIR SIGNATURE CRISPY POTATO/GOLF BALLS AND YOU MAY CATCH BILL MURRAY IN TOWN. HE EVEN TOOK A SHIFT BEHIND THE BAR RECENTLY, SERVING COCKTAILS TO SOME OF THE SURPRISED CUSTOMERS!

THIS PAST SPRING, WE OPENED IMPACT FIELD, HOME OF OUR CHICAGO DOGS. THE DOGS SHOOK OFF A TOUGH START TO PLAY THE LAST 2/3RDS OF THEIR DEBUT SEASON, 7 GAMES OVER .500. THE DOGS DREW ALMOST 150,000 FANS IN THEIR INAUGURAL YEAR, PLACING THEM AMONG THE MIDDLE OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION TEAMS. IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GET OUT TO A GAME, YOU KNOW IT’S A GREAT EXPERIENCE; SO JUST LIKE WE SAY IN CHICAGO BASEBALL, WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR! WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE WITH THE DOGS!

WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF OUR PEARL DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT, WHERE DAVE & BUSTER’S IS LOCATED. THE GRAND OPENINGS OF CARMINE’S (AN ALEX DANA ROSEBUD RESTAURANT) AND TRULUCK’S STEAK, SEAFOOD AND CRAB HOUSE ARE SCHEDULED FOR EARLY OCTOBER, FOLLOWED BY THE ROSE HOTEL BY HILTON, IN MID-NOVEMBER. ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE ONE MORE PAD THAT WE ARE MARKETING ACTIVELY TO COMPLETE THAT DEVELOPMENT.

WE RECENTLY BROKE GROUND ON THE DHL INNOVATION CENTER. YOU CAN SEE THE PRECAST PANELS GOING UP JUST DOWN THE STREET. THAT FACILITY WILL OPEN NEXT SUMMER, WELCOMING THOUSANDS OF TRAVELERS FROM NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA TO ROSEMONT.

WINDY CITY HARLEY-DAVIDSON BEGAN CONSTRUCTION OF ITS 20,000 SQUARE-FOOT STORE, DUE FOR COMPLETION AND SCHEDULED TO OPEN NEXT SPRING, AT PARKWAY BANK PARK. AS PART OF THEIR OPERATIONS, WINDY CITY HAS TEAMED UP WITH EAGLE RIDERS TO RENT BIKES TO FOLKS WHO ARE TRAVELING FROM ROSEMONT TO DESTINATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

MOVING ON TO OUR VILLAGE–OWNED FACILTIES, THEY ALL CONTINUE TO PERFORM STRONGLY. THE DONALD E. STEPHENS’ CONVENTION CENTER STAFF CONTINUES TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS AND THE ALLSTATE ARENA REMAINS ON THE TOP OF THE LISTS OF MUSIC/SPORTS/EVENT VENUES, NOT ONLY IN THE NATION, BUT AROUND THE WORLD.

THIS YEAR, THE CHICAGO WOLVES WILL CELEBRATE 25 YEARS AT THE ALLSTATE ARENA. DON LEVIN AND HIS STAFF HAVE BEEN LOYAL PARTNERS OF OUR VILLAGE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE CELEBRATING THIS FORMIDABLE ALLIANCE.

FINALLY, OUR VILLAGE’S BANDITS WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOFTBALL TEAM HAD ANOTHER GREAT SEASON, QUALIFYING FOR THE 2018 NPF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, WHICH WAS HELD IN ROSEMONT. ALTHOUGH THE RESULTS WEREN’T WHAT WE HAD WISHED FOR (THEY FELL TO THE USSSA FLORIDA PRIDE) WE HAVE A GOOD NUCLEUS OF YOUNG TALENT TO MIX WITH OUR VETERANS; THAT MIX WILL BRING THE BANDITS BACK TO THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE AND REMAIN THERE FOR SOME TIME TO COME.

ONE THING IS CLEAR – WE COULDN’T MAKE THIS KIND OF PROGRESS WITHOUT THE CHAMBER. CONGRATULATIONS! WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND COOPERATION.

IN ROSEMONT WE ARE FOND OF SAYING, “IT’S ALL HERE.”

WELL, “IT’S ALL HERE” BECAUSE YOU ARE “ALL HERE!”

THANK YOU.

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