Known for its inviting blend of urban excitement and suburban charm, Chicago Northwest - Woodfield is conveniently located just 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The region is made up of several towns and cities, including Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Itasca, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, Streamwood, and Wood Dale. Its central Chicago metropolitan region location means that the area enjoys world-class air and public transportation, and groups meeting in Chicago Northwest - Woodfield venues can easily enjoy the sights and sounds of the city without the downtown expense.
Groups convening in Chicago Northwest - Woodfield can fly into O'Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport. O'Hare International is located just 12 miles east of Chicago Northwest - Woodfield and 18 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The country's only dual-hub airport (for United and American Airlines), O'Hare International is consistently ranked among the world's top airports. Chicago Northwest - Woodfield travelers can also utilize Midway International, which is located 32 miles outside of the Chicago Northwest - Woodfield area. Midway International Airport is one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States and Illinois' second-largest airport, behind O'Hare International.
Once in Chicago Northwest - Woodfield, many groups meet in Schaumburg, which is home to excellent shopping, entertainment, and dining, as well as the expansive Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel and attached Schaumburg Convention Center. Located just 12 miles from O'Hare International Airport and 26 miles from downtown Chicago, the convention center features 148,624 square feet of total combined meeting space, including a 97,200-square-foot, column-free space. The convention center adjoins the 500-guest room Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, which itself offers 48,000 square feet of meeting space and the on-site Sam & Harry's Steak House. Together, the convention center and hotel feature a total of 42 meeting rooms, as well as such amenities as a fitness center and indoor pool, audio-visual capabilities, and specialty lighting services.
Beyond the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel and Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg is also home to a number of unique venues and event spaces perfect for group functions and meetings. For an exciting group event, bet on the Arlington Park Racecourse, a leader in thoroughbred racing since 1947. The park's racing season runs from May through September, during which 50,000 guests can watch the races from the grandstand, park, outdoor Terrace Cafe, box seats, or simulcast centers. Private event spaces at the park include the 200-person Governor’s Room, with a balcony on the finish line and multiple flat-screen televisions, as well as its own bar and menu, among other rentable spaces. Not far from the Arlington Park Racecourse, the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is a $22-million live-entertainment and arts education facility located in downtown Arlington Heights. The center features a 350-seat theater, ballroom, four classrooms, and 13 music studios, making it not only a popular spot to take in a comedy, drama, musical, or concert, but also a fantastic private event venue.
Groups may also gather at the modern, expansive Sears Centre Arena, an 11,800-seat multi-purpose entertainment, cultural, and sports center in Hoffman Estates. The arena offers private rentals with customized packages and in-house catering in such spaces as the 17,000-square-foot arena floor, 8,000-square-foot private club, 1,035-square-foot backstage catering room, and 1,750-square-foot suite lounge. For a step back into 11th-century Spain, groups travel to Schaumburg's Medieval Times Castle to enjoy a four-course meal while taking in a two-hour performance of hand-to-hand combat, jousting, swordsmanship, falconry, and horsemanship. Groups can rent space at the castle, as well as take part in activities in the 1,450-person Grand Ceremonial Arena.
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