Originally Posted by DSpivack
Also, while the article linked to the site behind the Rosemont Theatre on the east side of the tollway, there appears to be construction going on there. I think I read something about an outlet mall going in there. Thus, I wonder if the empty parcel of land in question is actually on the north side of Balmoral just west of the tollway. That's an even worse location when it comes to access for any kind of transportation.
Correct on all counts. The "Fashion Outlet Mall" or whatever they're calling it is progressing rapidly behind the theater.
West of 294 on either side of Balmoral is a sort of no-man's land of warehouses and factories, a railroad yard and yes the Rosemont sports dome and softball field. Perfect for the Cubs! Yes there are new ramps from Balmoral to Mannheim and 294 but not in both direction if I remember right. And yes there is Metra service but its just a few trains a day. They'd need to run shuttles from the Blue Line.