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Illinois Meeting & Event Planning City Guide

Illinois meeting and event planning programs are concentrated Chicago, the state’s powerhouse. Illinois' smaller cities also have a lot to offer, like the parks and nature centers in Joliet, the country clubs and golf courses of Naperville, and the Victorian architecture in Elgin. When searching for Illinois meeting and event planning locations, look for historic venues or architectural examples Frank Lloyd Wright, of which there are many.

Chicago Northwest

Ideally located on the NW edge of O’Hare Airport. Sophisticated, affordable, 60 hotels, plus the stunning Schaumburg Convention Center’s 100,000 sq. ft. of column-free space. Incentives available to maximize attendance.

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Illinois Meeting Destinations

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Chicago

Chicago

Chicago meeting and event planning sites aren't all business: green spaces, green initiatives and thriving culture give guests plenty to gush about. Two airports and superb public transport make it easy to get here and get around.

Hotels158
Total Sleeping Rooms46,676
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
2,019
Convention Ctr Space3,200,000 Sq. Ft.

Peoria, IL

Peoria, IL

Whether enjoying a ribeye at Jim’s Steakhouse or wine tasting at Kickapoo Creek Winery, Peoria event and meeting planning options have much to offer attendees.

Hotels21
Total Sleeping Rooms2,494
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
319
Convention Ctr Space900,000 Sq. Ft.

Quincy, IL

Quincy, IL

Meeting and event planning in Quincy is easy: With more than 1,500 hotel rooms, an expansive convention center and over 25 unique venues, the city is perfect for small to medium-sized groups.

Hotels10
Total Sleeping Rooms2,175
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space30,000 Sq. Ft.

Springfield, IL

Springfield, IL

Planning meeting and events in Springfield, the land of Lincoln, is historically rich and truly inspiring; Be sure to see the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum that offers event spaces.

Hotels34
Total Sleeping Rooms3,508
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
365
Convention Ctr Space62,000 Sq. Ft.

Champaign, IL

Champaign, IL

Meeting and event planning in Champaign is kept youthful by its containing the University of Illinois, which is a member of the Big 10 Conference. Meeting venues in Champaign may also bear the name of Urbana, a city that is frequently paired

Hotels22
Total Sleeping Rooms1,940
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Chicago Magnificent Mile, IL

Chicago Magnificent Mile, IL

A focal point of meeting and event planning in Chicago is Chicago Magnificent Mile, which slices through downtown, passing large hotels and restaurants and ending at state-of-the-art lakeside venue Navy Pier...

Hotels51
Total Sleeping Rooms5,666
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Chicago North Shore, IL

Chicago North Shore, IL

Planning meetings and events in Chicago North Shore offers the very best in urban excitement and convenience, as event venues are rich in the arts, dining and recreational offerings, amid fabulous accommodations and shopping.

Hotels22
Total Sleeping Rooms4,500
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
300
Convention Ctr Space-

Chicago Northwest, IL

Chicago Northwest, IL

Known for its inviting blend of urban excitement and suburban charm, meeting and event planning in Chicago Northwest - Woodfield is easy, since it’s conveniently 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.

Hotels60
Total Sleeping Rooms9,589
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
500
Convention Ctr Space3,200,000 Sq. Ft.

Chicago River North, IL

Chicago River North, IL

Chicago River North breathes post-industrial chic. Planning meetings and events is easy when you're surrounded by shops, nightlife, the Chicago river and a host of venues from museums to private dining rooms.

Hotels8
Total Sleeping Rooms3,009
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Chicago Southland, IL

Chicago Southland, IL

Chicago Southland is 30 minutes from downtown Chicago – but a world away from urban sprawl. Those planning meetings and events should consider outdoorsy venues like wildlife centers and golf courses.

Hotels67
Total Sleeping Rooms6,500
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
175
Convention Ctr Space70,450 Sq. Ft.

Chicago's Western Suburbs - DuPage County

Chicago's Western Suburbs - DuPage County

Those planning meeting and events in DuPage County will have no trouble finding topnotch venues, thanks to the area’s amazing amount of business and leisure facilities.

Hotels100
Total Sleeping Rooms17,000
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
500
Convention Ctr Space-

Downers Grove, IL

Downers Grove, IL

Those wishing to meet and plan events in Downers Grove can enjoy a vibrant community full of outstanding venues like the Tivoli Theatre, as well as easy proximity to Chicago.

Hotels7
Total Sleeping Rooms900
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
254
Convention Ctr Space35,000 Sq. Ft.

Evanston, IL

Evanston, IL

A one-of-a-kind destination for meeting and event planning in Chicago, Evanston and Skokie offer panoramic lakefront views, a vibrant student atmosphere and a host of eclectic shops and restaurants.

Hotels5
Total Sleeping Rooms738
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Joliet, IL

Joliet, IL

Planning meetings and events in Joliet? You'll find a vibrant, growing city with a choice of home-grown venues like historic mansions to easy proximity to the Chicago Loop.

Hotels20
Total Sleeping Rooms1,895
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Lake County – Gurnee, IL

Lake County – Gurnee, IL

Unique venues and outdoor recreation options abound at the meeting-ready, family-friendly Lake County area, conveniently located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee.

Hotels20
Total Sleeping Rooms1,933
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
186
Convention Ctr Space-

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