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Chicago Northwest, IL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 60
Total Sleeping Rooms 9,589
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 500
Committable Meeting Rooms* 42
Convention Center Space 3,200,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $77
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $230
*Maximum for a single hotel

Chicago Northwest, IL Meeting Planning Overview

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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About Chicago Northwest, IL / Additional Info

Chicago Northwest - Woodfield is a wonderful business and leisure destination, known for its uniquely convenient proximity to downtown Chicago, but also celebrated for its own distinctive flair. Perhaps the most well-known areas of Chicago Northwest - Woodfield include Arlington Heights, which is rich in entertainment options ranging from Thoroughbred racing to fine arts, and Schaumburg, which is an outstanding shopping, entertainment, dining, and business center. In fact, Schaumburg is home to 66 shopping centers and hundreds of retail shops, including the largest IKEA store in North America, as well as a large selection of meeting and event spaces and the Renaissance Schaumburg and Convention Center.

Schaumburg is also home to a number of family- and group-friendly attractions, including the delightful LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Adults and kids alike flock to this special place, which houses more than two million play-friendly LEGO bricks and such exhibits as the Build and Test Zone, where visitors can build and test LEGO racing cars on a speed test track, as well as the Hall of Fame, which displays life-sized LEGO models of such characters as Harry Potter, Batman, and Indiana Jones. Schaumburg is also home to a branch of the national IMPROV Comedy Club franchise, which showcases rising and well-known comedians in a spacious 500-seat club and restaurant in Woodfield Mall. In fact, Woodfield Mall is one of Schaumburg's most popular destinations, as it features a wide selection of nearly 300 stores and restaurants, of which dozens can't be found anywhere else in the Midwest.

Chicago Northwest - Woodfield visitors who venture outside of Arlington Heights and Schaumburg will be pleasantly surprised by the historic charm and excitement the region has to offer. Both visitors and locals frequent the historic Village of Long Grove, a four-season area home to more than 60 distinctive shops, galleries, and restaurants housed in authentic homes and businesses dating from the 1800s. Visitors can stroll down cobblestone walkways, exploring the seasonal gardens, while they enjoy shopping, fine dining, wine, arts, and music. For a modern twist on a classic, head to the Wood Dale location of the Topgolf national chain, a premier golf entertainment complex that enables guests to take part in a fun point-scoring golf experience. At Topgolf, guests hit golf balls with microchips into one of 11 targets placed 25 to 250 yards away; the microchips then send player scores, based on shot accuracy and distance, to players' bay screens. The Wood Dale location features climate-controllable bays for up to six people each, complete with food and drink service.

Speaking of food and drink, Chicago Northwest - Woodfield is home to a number of fine-dining restaurants and national chain locations, complete with private dining space. Schaumburg is home to locations for such national restaurant franchises as Maggiano's Little Italy, which serves delicious Italian fare both a la carte and family style, as well as the sophisticated seafood, steaks, and chops eatery Wildfire. Schaumburg is also home to the award-winning, upscale Chicago Prime Steakhouse and Shaw's Crab House, a second location for the popular Chicago eatery, which serves fresh seafood and steak in a 1940s warehouse atmosphere. Visitors to the Renaissance Schaumburg and Convention Center Hotel can dine at the onsite Sam and Harry's, an elegant restaurant that serves USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood flown in daily.

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