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Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

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Address: 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone Number: 847-692-2220
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Excellent convention center

The staff that operate the daily business of the convention center are always ready and willing to assist. Close to the airport and many restaurants.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Texas
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Texas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
36 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The staff that operate the daily business of the convention center are always ready and willing to assist. Close to the airport and many restaurants.

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Joliet, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Very easy to get to and lots of parking. I use the Balmoral exit instead of River road - a lot of traffic is by-passed this way. Make sure to stay in the left lane to get into the parking deck. There is a covered walkway to get to the convention center so you are never exposed to the weather.

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Villa Grove, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Wow, this place is huge, it had the biggest camper show I have ever seen! Plenty of Hotels with in walking distance and plenty of restaurants close by! They had a couple of lounge areas to get a bite to eat, they were a bit pricey! $30 dollars for a couple sandwich, ham and turkey a small scoop of potato... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

big center that was done up nicely. customer service from Stacey and Mia were great. loved that tis place is connected to two hotels - the Hyatt and the Hilton - just a short walk to both through the attached enclosed walkway.

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indiana
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119 reviews 119 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I attended a Fair Trade symposium and the Windy City Trade Show. The place is huge but that is because of all the events they are hosting. Parking was easy to get in and out of but it was a long walk (indoor tunnels). Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your meeting, because it took a... More 

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Woodstock, IL
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76 reviews 76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Parking is very convenient, located right next door. The parking garage has an slightly non-intuitive design. I saw several cars proceed up thinking there would be a down ramp at the top. The DES Center is huge, and can hold many different events at once. The entrance off the parking garage is easy to identify, and signage to the various... More 

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San Jose, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Now I know how it feels like to be a mouse trying to find cheese! I was looking for a fencing tournament. Instead I was greater with cold hallways that had tons of heaters yet it still was pretty cold. Then there are hundreds of hallways and no signs, just hall f hall b.....it was outrageously confusing! The only civilization... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Good but not great.. food choices are horrible.. starbucks on hand I go back several time a year.. not bad.. convenient to airport..

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Chicago, Illinois
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210 reviews 210 reviews
44 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Parking is free across the street, if you validate your ticket, and have lunch in one of the several restaurants. There's an Adobe Gila's Mexican restaurant, a Toby Keith's Bar and Grill, a Fogo de Chao, a Hofbrauhaus, and a couple of other restaurants that I forgot the names of.

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Joliet, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Transworld shows are held here 4 times per year, giving shoppers a chance to buy scarves, purses, sheets, fur coats,jewelry (real and costume) and deeply discounted rates. It's a shoppers dream! You must preregister and there is a $5 fee to get in. Wear your walking shoes and bring a your shopping bags.

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