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Bloomington, IN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 20
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,759
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 189
Committable Meeting Rooms* 25
Largest Exhibit Space 12,285 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $97
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $174
*Maximum for a single hotel

Bloomington, IN Meeting Planning Overview

Nestled in America's heartland, Bloomington, Indiana is a picturesque city, thanks in part to the rough limestone terrain and rolling hills that characterize this area of the Midwest. Home to Indiana University, Bloomington venues offer convenience (the city is 50 miles south of Indianapolis), global cuisine, an exciting downtown district and unique attractions ranging from the state's oldest winery to the only Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Center in the U.S.

Bloomington is served by the Indianapolis International Airport, which sees more than 7 million passengers per year and offers nonstop and direct flights to more than 150 destinations. Bloomington visitors flying into Indianapolis International may use the Bloomington Shuttle Service, which offers nine daily trips between the airport and several Bloomington hotels. Once in Bloomington, visitors may board the Bloomington Transit Bus System, which runs 14 daily routes throughout the city, providing access to such sites as Indiana University and the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center.

Located in the city's downtown district, the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center features 24,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 1,000 guests. In operation since 1991, the convention center is housed in a 1923 former Ford Model T assembly plant and showroom. The center features nine meeting rooms ranging from 805 to 2,600 square feet, as well as an 8,675-square-foot great room, with such amenities as free Wi-Fi, on-site catering and audio-visual services and free parking. The center is also located within walking distance of several downtown hotels and sits adjacent to the 117-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

There is a wealth of Bloomington event venues to accommodate group functions and private events. Groups can gather at the celebrated Indiana University Art Museum, home to more than 40,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. Private event spaces include the museum's outdoor sculpture terrace or I.M. Pei-designed soaring triangular atrium. For a step back in time, groups can take in a show or rent space at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Built in 1922 as a vaudeville and silent movie house, the theater has been beautifully restored to become one of the busiest community theaters in the U.S. Among popular Bloomington venues is Oliver Winery. Groups can partake in free tastings and production tours, walk the landscaped grounds or gather in the winery's timber frame tasting room and garden porch.

Bloomington is also rich in global cuisine. A Bloomington favorite, the Irish Lion serves traditional Irish fare in a restored historic 1882 vintage brick tavern. Grazie! is a Bloomington Square Italian eatery known for its fun atmosphere and authentic Italian cooking methods, while Finch's Brasserie specializes in Mediterranean-American cuisine using local and organic produce, meats and cheeses.

About Bloomington, IN / Additional Info

A wonderful location for both business and vacation travel, Bloomington – home to Indiana University – is known for its natural beauty, strong arts culture and unique downtown. Located in south central Indiana, Bloomington sits near several state highways and is less than an hour away from the Indianapolis International Airport.

The city became a settlement in 1816 when President James Monroe selected the site for a seminary, which later became Indiana University. The original Bloomington stretched just four blocks east and west and two blocks north and south of Bloomington Square. Today, Bloomington Square serves as a gathering space lined with restaurants, unique shops and entertainment venues.

Located just steps from the square, the Monroe County History Center pays homage to Bloomington's past, showcasing a collection of more than 50,000 artifacts in a 20,000-square-foot historic building. Bloomington's natural beauty is celebrated at such sites as the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. Spanning five acres in the heart of Bloomington, the garden and nature center features a butterfly ranch, shade garden, herb garden, orchid display and even a 160-foot-long gourd walk, flanked by demonstration gardens. Spanning more than 200,000 acres, Hoosier National Forest – the only national forest in Indiana – features more than 230 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, as well as opportunities to camp and picnic along Lake Monroe.

Bloomington is also home to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, the only one of its kind in the entire Western Hemisphere. Founded by Thubten Jigme Norbu, the brother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the center is open to the public, nurtures and preserves the cultures of Tibet and Mongolia and seeks to educate visitors about the history, culture and future of Tibet.

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