Welcome to Cvent's Lansing meeting planning guide – a city guide for Lansing meeting planning professionals. The capital of Michigan and fifth-largest city in the state, Lansing and its surrounding area is often referred to as "Mid-Michigan," a nod to its key business and cultural role in the state. After all, with a Big 10 conference university, two medical schools, the country's largest law school, the state capital and Supreme Court and headquarters of four national insurance companies, Lansing's significance is clear. It's no surprise that the city is a popular meeting destination for the Midwest and the country as a whole, offering a wealth of experts and specialists on a variety of topics as well as state legislators and politicos. Plus, its affordability and accessible location make Lansing event venues a great choice for any group, whether education, healthcare, corporate or just plain recreational.
The largest of Lansing convention spaces is the Lansing Center, with 71,760 square feet of column-free exhibit space, just over 12,000 square feet of meeting space spread across 12 rooms, 27,000 square feet of registration space and 13,320 square feet of ballroom space. The Lansing Center is connected via covered skybridge to the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, which offers additional space at its 10,000-square-foot conference center.
Other meeting facilities in Lansing range from banquet centers to universities to country clubs. The elegant Walnut Hills Country Club offers personalized service and custom menus for groups as large as 300 guests for weddings, parties and meetings. Located on the campus of Michigan State University, the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center boasts 160 guest rooms, over 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space, two restaurants, a 1,000-vehicle garage and a convenient location just eight miles from Lansing Capital City Airport, with shuttle service available. Also at MSU, the Henry Center has 29 meeting rooms, state-of-the-art technology and an attached 128-room Candlewood Suites.
Unique event sites include the historic Grand Ledge Opera House, which welcomes events of up to 300 guests indoors or 200 guests on its outdoor terrace. Built in 1858, the Turner-Dodge House and Historical Center is a beautiful piece of Classical Revival architecture that's available for rentals by groups of up to 100 people. The Celebration! IMAX Cinema in Lansing is an out-of-the-box idea for business presentations, as the facility offers high-tech capabilities and catering options.
Team building is on the menu at Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts, a cooking school that has options for team bonding and retreats, client entertaining and even spousal activities. For groups who prefer that others cook the food for them, Lansing dining institutions include Dusty's Wine Bar, which has four private dining rooms, the largest of which seats 42 people. Mitchell's Fish Market has two AV-capable rooms for private dining. Meanwhile, the English Inn offers private dining at its on-site authentic English pub, winner of Lansing's Best of the Best Award. The English Inn also offers five meeting spaces.