Located in northern Indiana and straddling the Wabash River, Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to nearly 100,000 residents and Purdue University. The city is just two hours south of Chicago and one hour north of Indianapolis, making it a must for Midwest planners in need of an affordable alternative to the big metropolitans. Lafayette event venues have everything expected in a Big Ten city, including extensive conference space, a plethora of hotels and first-class restaurants.
Not surprisingly, many Lafayette event venues are found right on the Purdue campus. Accommodating groups of 10 to 7,500, Purdue University's conference facilities include 24 meeting rooms, eight dining rooms seating up to 900 people, several theaters – the largest of which seats over 6,000 people – and ample exhibit space. Purdue also has a number of unique meeting spaces, include the state-of-the-art Ross-Ade Pavilion and spacious Academy Park. On-campus residences have 7,500 beds from June to August, while the Purdue Union Club has another 200 on-site rooms and additional meeting space.
Hotel venues in Lafayette also provide top-notch meeting space for groups large and small. The landmark 124-room Best Western Lafayette Executive Plaza & Conference Center's 7,000 square feet of event space have made it a top choice for corporate events, social functions and receptions for over 30 years. Convenient to downtown, the 147-room Holiday Inn City Centre has meeting facilities that span 7,500 square feet, the largest of which seats 225 people. The Comfort Inn, Lafayette Fairfield Inn by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn also have meeting space.
For special event venues in Lafayette, why not a golf course, historic home or brewery? The city's alternative meeting venues run the gamut and can accommodate groups of all sizes and tastes. The award-winning Lafayette Brewing Company offers its second floor for events of 25 to 100 people. The new clubhouse at Coyote Crossing has banquet space for 180 people with additional room for 100 people thanks to a 1,200-square-foot veranda. The stately Gothic Revival Moses Fowler House has several event spaces and a maximum capacity of 125 seated guests.
After a long day, meeting guests can always turn to one of Lafayette's restaurants. At Adelino's, guests are treated like family and large groups can enjoy its spacious 250-person, second-floor ballroom or 40-person private dining room. Grindstones Restaurant & Pub focuses on home-style cooking and warm hospitality and has banquet room for 70 guests. Opened in 1977, Mountain Jack's Steakhouse serves quality fare in an upscale ambiance and has two meeting rooms, the largest of which seats 90 people. Khana Khazana Indian Grill, Panini Deli and Thai Essence Grill also offer private dining space and food to fit any palate.