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Downers Grove, IL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 7
Total Sleeping Rooms 900
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 254
Committable Meeting Rooms* 21
Convention Center Space 35,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 9,506 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 9,500 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $103
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $61
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $498
*Maximum for a single hotel

Downers Grove, IL Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Guide to Downers Grove, a city guide for meeting professionals. A fantastic destination that balances economic strength with warm hometown charm (as well as offers a super convenient setting just 22 miles west of Chicago), the Village of Downers Grove is a wonderful place for business and meeting travel. Home to about 3,000 businesses, Downers Grove is an unmatched location for national chains and local retailers; in fact, such large companies as Flower and Gift Shop, Advocate Health Care, PNC Bank, JPMorganChase and Sanford LP (the maker of Sharpie markers) call Downers Grove home for corporate and divisional headquarters. Beyond its strong business climate, Downers Grove is known for its award-winning schools and parkland, historic sites, fabulous recreational options, and welcoming downtown lined with restaurants, shops and pedestrian-friendly places.

It's easy to get to – and around – this Chicago suburb. Downers Grove is located less than 20 miles from the second-busiest airport in the U.S., the major North American travel hub of O'Hare International Airport. Business travelers flying in via Chicago Midway International Airport (Chicago's second-largest airport, behind O'Hare) find themselves just over 20 miles from Downers Grove. Both airports provide direct access to Chicago via CTA Train service. Metra rail and PACE bus systems both operate in Downers Grove connecting visitors to downtown Chicago. The four-route Grove Commuter Shuttle provides Monday through Friday rush hour service to Downers Grove's two Metra stations.

Downers Grove's convenience extends far beyond its strategic near-Chicago location; the Village also offers a number of conveniently located meeting venues ranging from traditional spaces to unique gathering spots. Boasting 35,000 square feet of function space, including 20,000 square feet approved by the International Association of Conference Centers, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove features a picturesque setting near the Morton Arboretum and just 30 minutes from Chicago. Meeting spaces at the 250-room hotel include 21 breakout rooms and two amphitheaters, as well as the stunning 9,500-square-foot Esplanade Lakes Ballroom, a unique round room enclosed by glass windows with panoramic Morton Arboretum views.

Downers Grove's unique venues – perfect for group gatherings or a group hangout after a meeting – range from cultural attractions to recreation-rich parkland. Groups can travel back in time at the Downers Grove Museum, or hold a private event at the museum's four-acre park, complete with a gazebo, gardens, walkways and open space. Nestled beneath the Tivoli Theatre – one of the nation's first theaters built to show "talkies" – Tivoli Bowl boasts 12 lanes of group bowling fun, as well as four party rooms and game room entertainment. Creative groups can bond over artistic endeavors at the Village's Glazed Expressions BYOB paint-it-yourself pottery studio, or at Gallery's Choice, an art and gift gallery with a hands-on focus and a full range of group project opportunities.

If it's fresh air you're after, consider holding a group outing at the Downers Grove Golf Club, a nine-hole, par 36 course located on the site of the nation's first golf course. If you'd rather hit the clubhouse rather than the links, the club offers an event-friendly clubhouse with two private gathering rooms. Nature and walking trails await at the 150-acre Lyman Woods site, which features serene oak woods, prairie and marsh habitats, as well as exciting team-building workshops that combine cooperative games with wilderness skill challenges. Groups can duke it out on the many sport courts and fields at the 50-acre McCollum Park, play the 18-hole miniature golf course there or just enjoy a picnic at rentable park pavilions sprinkled throughout the town. Visit Doerhoefer Park for tennis, pickleball, basketball, baseball/softball and football, soccer and lacrosse on a synthetic turf field. The park also features play ADA accessible playgrounds for tots and children. A smaller park pavilion, and popular fishing pond, walking path and boat launch await at the charming Patriots Park.

About Downers Grove, IL / Additional Info

Rich history, beautiful parkland, unique restaurants and a festival-happy downtown – and much more – all make the Village of Downers Grove a very special place. Set within easy reach of Chicago excitement, but offering a laid-back, warm vibe all its own, Downers Grove is the proud home of more than 50,000 residents; 3,000 businesses; a strong education scene (which includes Midwestern University); and a charming downtown that serves as the Village's heartbeat.

Downtown Downers Grove is home to more than 20 restaurants and delis, as well as more than 50 shops and pedestrian-friendly places. Downtown's renovation has made this area a true destination, and an award-winning one at that; the American Public Works Association bestowed downtown Downers Grove with the National Award for Historic Restoration/Preservation after its renovation was complete.

Even though Downers Grove has modernized its downtown, it hasn't forgotten its past. The Village is home to many historical sites and features, ranging from brick streets to the site of the nation's first golf course (Downers Grove Golf Club) and one of the country's first theaters built to show "talkies" (Tivoli Theatre). More than 4,000 people lined up outside of Tivoli Theatre on its opening day in 1928; today, visitors and residents alike flock to this stunning venue to take in recent films, as well as live performances. In fact, the historic Tivoli Theatre occupies nearly a block of downtown Downers Grove, consisting of not only the movie theater, but also a bowling center and game room, residential hotel, stores and offices.

With so much to see and do in Downers Grove, meeting travelers are sure to work up an appetite; luckily, the Village offers many group-friendly restaurants sure to satisfy any taste. The award-winning Parkers' Restaurant & Bar serves globally inspired, gourmet comfort food crafted with ingredients sourced directly from American farmers and fishermen, while Carlucci (listed among the top 50 restaurants to visit in the Chicago area) serves up such favorites as linguini spooned tableside inside a fresh wheel of parmesan. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse is known for its authentic churrascaria slow-roasted meats, while Gatto's Restaurant and Bar is beloved for its friendly atmosphere and Italian food crafted using traditional family recipes. Barbakoa Modern Latin is the place to go for bold flavors and a lively urban vibe – its inventive global cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and selection of more than 100 top-shelf tequilas don't hurt either.

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