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, 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 Steakhouse. 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 a 300-person balcony overlooking the paddock and 700-person Million Room, complete with four tiers of seating overlooking the grounds, 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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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, while Schaumburg is an outstanding shopping, entertainment, dining and business center. In fact, Schaumburg is home to 66 shopping centers and 100s 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 Hotel 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 he 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 Long Grove Historic Village, 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 Top Golf national chain, a premier golf entertainment complex that enables guests to take part in a fun point-scoring golf experience. At Top Golf, 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 Hotel and Convention Center can dine at the on-site Sam and Harry's, an elegant restaurant that serves USDA prime steaks and fresh seafood flown in daily.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
The Chicago Northwest - Woodfield region experiences a four-season climate, marked by cold winters and warm summers. The area's annual temperature averages at a high of 60°F and low of 44°F; the area's warmest month is July, with an average high of 82°F and average low of 63°F, while the coldest month is January, with an average high of 28°F and average low of 13°F. Chicago Northwest - Woodfield experiences an average of 61 inches of snow, falling from December through March, as well as an average of 37 inches of rain per year, with the most falling in late summer. The best time to visit Chicago Northwest - Woodfield is late spring and fall, which bring mild, pleasant temperatures.
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
The modern, elegant Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and 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 Hotel, which itself offers 48,000 square feet of meeting space and the on-site Sam & Harry's Steakhouse. 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. Additional meeting amenities include free parking, award-winning culinary services, generous pre-function and registration space, built-in concession stands and 30-foot-tall ceilings. The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center is conveniently located just 12 miles from O'Hare International Airport and 26 miles from downtown Chicago.
O'Hare International Aiport (ORD)
Approximate taxi fare: 32 USD
Ranked among the world's best airports, O'Hare International Airport is located just 35 miles southeast of Schaumburg and the Chicago Northwest - Woodfield area and 18 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. O'Hare International accommodates approximately 2,400 flights per day, serving an estimated 65 million passengers per year as a major hub for both United and American Airlines; in fact, O'Hare International is the country's only dual hub airport. Currently undergoing a major modernization program, the airport spans four terminals and features expansive retail and dining options, including many famed Chicago eatery outlets. O'Hare International offers both short- and long-term parking, as well as PACE Suburban bus service, with a connection to Chicago Northwest - Woodfield.
Airline carriers serving O'Hare International Airport
Chicago Northwest is served by two lines of the Metra Commuter Service – the Union Pacific Northwest and the Milwaukee District West – which run to and from downtown Chicago. Union Pacific Northwest arrives at the Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison and Canal streets, while Milwaukee District West arrives at Chicago union Station, also on Canal but between Adams St. and Jackson Blvd. Group rates are available for a group of 25 or more; also, a small group of adults travelling together can save 20 percent using a 10-ride ticket.
One of the largest bus services in North America, PACE Suburban serves tens of thousands of daily riders and covers 3,500 square miles. The system's 193 fixed bus routes provide daily service to downtown Chicago and its suburbs, including the Chicago Northwest - Woodfield area and direct access to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Regular one way fare is $1.75 for adults and $0.85 for children ages 7 to 11; children under age 7 ride free. Passengers may purchase seven-day passes for $28 and 10-ride passes for $17.50.
Part of the PACE Suburban Bus Service, the Schaumburg Trolley provides free service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays along PACE Route 905. Passengers can ride the trolley directly the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center and PACE Northwest Transportation Center, as well as access many shopping destinations.
Rental car counters for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National may be found at O'Hare International Airport, while Midway International Airport rental car carriers include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
O'Hare International Airport passengers traveling to Schaumburg should expect to pay about $36 in taxi fare, while Midway International Airport passengers will pay about $70 to get to Schaumburg. While in the Chicago Northwest - Woodfield area, travelers can hail taxis outside of major hotels and attractions.
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