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Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

2304 173rd Street
Lansing, Illinois 60438

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Welcome Social Event Planners

From affordable hotel rates to top meeting facilities, delectable restaurants, and great attractions, the Chicago Southland region is the perfect destination for social events and the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau has the perfect venues to impress your guests! 

At the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, groups are our specialty! We can help your family, school, or military reunion planning committee with all the details to create an unforgettable reunion experience. Is your business looking to book a conference, convention meeting or retreat? Let us guide you through the process and show you all there is to offer in Chicago’s Southland region! Social events and weddings also find Chicago Southland to be a convenient and spectacular location for their guests.

Just minutes from downtown Chicago and Midway International Airport, the Chicago Southland convention centers and meeting venues offer planners accessibility, affordability, versatility and a wide variety of traditional and alternative meeting sites, all with a full complement of services. Conveniently accessible via Interstates 80, 90, 94, 294, 355, 55 and 57, the Chicago Southland is an ideal event location.

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau can assist you in many ways, from site selection through on-site registration. We are your primary source of information for the Chicago Southland region. You can rely on the expertise of our professional Chicago Southland staff to assist you in all facets of planning your next Chicago event. We offer a variety of FREE professional services: Name Badges, Welcome Banners and Tent Cards to just name a few.

Call the Chicago Southland CVB today at 888-895-3211 to begin planning for your next big event in Chicago, Illinois!

Our unique event venues:
Accelerated Indoor Speedway & Events
Chicago Gaelic Park
Dave and Buster’s
Dining on the Green
Fountain Hills Golf Club
Glenwoodie Golf Club
Green Garden Country Club
HITS Chicago - Balmoral Park
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
Oak Lawn Children’s Museum
Odyssey Golf Course & Banquets
Orland Park Civic Center
Palos Country Club Golf Course
Ravisloe Country Club
Sgt. Means Park Barn
Silver Lake Country Club
Stony Creek Golf Course & Clubhouse
The Serbian Social Center
Tinley Park Convention Center
Tuckaway Golf Club
Will County Fair Association

Governors State University
Moraine Valley Community College
Prairie State College
South Suburban College
Trinity Christian College

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip
Georgios Banquest, Quality Inn & Suites Conference Centre
Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn & Conference Center
Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center
Holiday Inn Hotel & Tinley Park Convention Center
Homewood Suites By Hilton/Elements Conference Center
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The Chicago Southland encompasses the 62 south/southwest suburbs of Chicago including: Alsip, Bridgeview, Burbank, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Chicago Heights, Crestwood, East Hazel Crest, Harvey, Homewood, Lansing, Markham, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, South Holland, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Homer Glen, New Lenox and Orland Park.
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Midway International Airport / 5
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Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Tinley Park Convention Center The 120,000 square foot Convention Center features 21 versatile meeting rooms with the ability to accommodate up to 6,000 making it the ideal location for trade shows, conventions and social events. Ample free parking. Free Internet access.

Doubletree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip Our renovated property welcomes your event with premium guest accommodations, award-winning dining and elegant surroundings. Three ballrooms accommodating up to 600 guests are perfect for events and parties.

Georgios Banquets, Quality Inn & Suites Conference Centre The Georgios Ballroom accommodates up to 1,200 persons. Ideal setting for your special event. Again, voted #1 banquet facility 2014 in the Chicago Southland previous 10 years. Voted The Knot Best of Wedding, 2014, 2013 & 2011!

Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn & Conference Center Elegant ballrooms, luxurious overnight accommodations, flexible meeting/banquet space, complimentary Midway Airport shuttle, unsurpassed menus, cuisine and a professional staff guarantee the perfect business or social event.

Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center We have the perfect combination of accessibility and comfort! With first class accommodations and flexible meeting space accommodating meetings up to 1,000 and 750 for banquets.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Elements Conference Center Connected to the Homewood Suites by Hilton Orland Park, the Elements Conference Center is a convenient solution to your convention & meeting needs. Providing beautiful facilities, guest rooms, catering & audio visual resources all under one roof. The conference center features over 9,000 square feet of elegantly appointed & flexible meeting space.

Governors State University Governors State University offers state-of-the-art facilities including Center for Performing Arts, a 1,171-seat theatre suitable for meetings, presentations and special functions and the Center for Performing Arts Arena suitable for theme parties, receptions, meetings and presentations. Classrooms can be rented. Governors State University is 28 miles from Midway Airport, 58 miles from O’Hare Airport and under 2 miles from the nearest Metra Commuter Rail station.

Moraine Valley Community College Moraine Valley Community College offers a variety of facilities for business meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars. The Moraine Business and Conference Center can accommodate from 75 to 800 people with flexible seating configurations. We offer catering with a wide range of menu options and affordable prices. The Gymnasium, classrooms and theaters also can be rented. Moraine Valley Community College is located 17 miles from Midway Airport, 27 miles from O’Hare Airport and just under 3 miles to the nearest Metra Commuter Rail station.

The Conference Center at Prairie State College Offering affordable and convenient meeting space for the Chicago Southland, The Prairie State College Conference Center is equipped with four meeting rooms, a 486 seat auditorium, state of the art sound system, up-to-date audio visual equipment, full-service catering and free WiFi.

The Conference Center is easily accessible from I-57 and I-80, offers an abundance of free parking and courteous staff to assist with your meeting needs. Rental fees include the use of TV/DVD, dry erase board, microphones, flipcharts and screen. Contact our on-site professional staff to discuss your next meeting and for available dates.

Prairie State College is located 22 miles from Midway Airport, 43 miles from O’Hare Airport and just over 3 miles from the nearest Metra Commuter Rails Station.

St. Xavier University - Chicago Saint Xavier University offers a vibrant university atmosphere at both its Chicago and Orland Park Campuses. Our campuses offer beautiful banquet and meeting facilities which vary in size to meet your needs. Saint Xavier University is host to many camps and conferences with a full service conference department to assist with event planning. Come tour our facilities to see what Saint Xavier University has to offer! We look forward to meeting with you. St. Xavier is located 8 miles from Midway Airport, 34 miles from O’Hare Airport and just over 3 miles from the nearest Metra Commuter Rail station.

St. Xavier University - Orland Park Book your meeting at this beautiful state-of-the-art campus featuring classrooms, computer labs, dining facility, atrium and outdoor gathering spaces nestled in a nature preserve. St. Xavier University, Orland Park Campus is located 25 miles from Midway Airport, 45 miles from O’Hare Airport and 2.5 miles from the nearest Metra Commuter Rail Station.

Trinity Christian College Trinity Christian College offers a picturesque setting on our beautifully wooded 60-acre campus with personal attention to large and small groups. Located just 30 minutes southwest of downtown Chicago, Trinity welcomes meetings, banquets and receptions all year long as well as conferences, family reunions and overnight accommodations during the summer. The Ozinga Chapel can host banquets, receptions, concerts and graduation ceremonies. Trinity offers excellent on campus catering as well as audio/visual services.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center & Teambuildig Course Consider Irons Oaks for your next retreat or special function. Irons Oaks facilities offer an ideal setting for baby showers, religious ceremonies, anniversaries, birthday parties or an office meeting; come see our beautiful, 1,300 sq. ft conference rooms. These rooms offer spacious accommodations for your special event along with a secluded, cozy, gracious atmosphere hosted by Irons Oaks’ friendly staff. A sure delight!

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center provides the ultimate in experiential training programs coupled with a fun, safe environment that will take your business professionals to the next level of achievement.

Does your team need direction? At Irons Oaks, our Corporate Reach programs are customized to fit your corporation’s specific needs. Corporate Reach training enhances professional skills with collaboration, communication, problem solving and accountability, introduces tools for enhancing interaction and provides guidance for action plan development to integrate team principles into daily operations, and much more! Our clients take back to their offices greater understanding and appreciation of individual skills and contributions and how their efforts impact group effectiveness. These skills provide the tools for groups and individuals to return to their organizations and create measurable improvements.

We offer experienced, top notched trainers who specialize in workshop facilitation, one-on-one consultations, off-site adventures and more. There is so much that we offer here at Irons Oaks. Your office staff will never be the same! While some of the training is physical in nature, everyone has the power to decide at what level he or she wishes to participate. Irons Oaks is located on a 38-acre wooded preserve just south of the Chicago metropolitan area, conveniently located off I-57 at the corner of Vollmer Road and Western Avenue in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Additional grounds and facilities available for larger engagements.

Irons Oaks is located 21 miles from Midway Airport, 42 miles from O’Hare Airport and just under two miles from the nearest Metra Commuter Rail station.

Matteson Community Center Make the Matteson Community Center the DESTINATION for your important events, business meetings, family functions and sporting events. The Matteson Community Center is 22 miles from Midway Airport, 44 miles from O’Hare Airport and 3 miles from the nearest Metra Commuter Rail station.

Orland Park Civic Center The Orland Park Civic Center is handicapped accessible and surrounded by ample parking. With more than 10,000 square feet of space, the Civic Center is ready to host your next sales conference, training seminar, reunion, sporting event, trade show, convention, theatrical, cultural, civic, educational or commercial activity. It is also the ideal setting for private events such as weddings, showers and christenings. Whether business or social, our staff is dedicated to making your event a success. We will be happy to provide suggestions for caterers, entertainers and other resources available to make sure that all the particulars for your event are satisfied. The Center offers flexibility, with connecting, interchangeable rooms to meet your specific needs. The Orland Park Civic Center wishes to make your occasion a happy and memorable event. The Orland Park Civic Center is 14 miles from Midway Airport, 31 miles from O’Hare Airport and 1 mile from the nearest Metra Commuter Rail station.

Select Service Hotels The Chicago Southland offers 17 select service hotels with space ranging from 234 - 1,500 square feet.

Banquet Facilities The Chicago Southland has an inventory of banquet facilties accommodating up to 1,000.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Full Service Hotels up to 202 Hotel Private yes
Select Service Hotels up to 132 Hotel Private yes
Boutique Hotel 18 Hotel Private yes
Motels up to 165 Hotel Private yes


  • Allgauer's Salad
    Allgauer's Restaurant (DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip)
    Seating Capacity: 86
    Allgauer's Restaurant features steak, chops, pasta and seafood. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner and our award winning champagne Sunday brunch.
  • Aurelio's Pizza
    Aurelio's Pizza
    Seating Capacity: 500
    Chicago's oldest pizza chain since 1959 and the world's largest pizzeria seats over 625 people. Private Party Room. Specializes in thin crust pizza and fresh Spinach Calabrese, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Voted Best Pizza Chicago Southland.
  • Balagio Ristorante
    Balagio Ristorante
    Seating Capacity: 100
    Where comfort meets elegance in the south suburbs home-style Italian cooking at its best.
  • Bohemian Joe's
    Bohemian Joe's
    Seating Capacity: 175
    Bohemian Joe’s serves Good Ol’ American Food in a friendly atmosphere just off the highway. Our full bar with 16 beers on tap means your meal will always have the perfect pairing.
  • Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Orland Park
    Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Orland Park
    Seating Capacity: 300
    An upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa-style tasting room and retail store...all under one roof.
  • Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Oak Lawn
    Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Oak Lawn
    An upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, Napa-style tasting room and retail store...all under one roof.
  • Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
    Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
    Seating Capacity: 270
    Located in an historic train station, we offer a wide range of American heartland cuisine. Great beer at the area's oldest brewery named best small brew pub in America - 2006 Great American Beer Festival.
  • Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House
    Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House
    Seating Capacity: 425
    Recently chosen for the best ribs by Chicago Magazine adds to our long list of recognitions and awards for outstanding service and food. Celebrating 39 years.
  • Jack Gibbons Gardens
    Seating Capacity: 190
    Established 1922, Historical Speakeasy, Classic American Steakhouse, Highest Quality, Award Winning, Steak, Chops, Seafood. Private luncheons, Full Service Bar/Lounge, Saturday Entertainment.
  • LaVoute Bistro and Bar
    Seating Capacity: 90
    Enjoy a unique dining experience in the restaurant’s plush dining room and lounge featuring French inspired cuisine. The focal point of the restaurant is the bank’s vault located in our comfortable bistro setting.
  • Mr. Benny's Steak & Lobster House
    Mr. Benny's Steak & Lobster House
    Seating Capacity: 350
    Prime Steaks, Prime Rib, Fresh Seafood, Veal, Lamb & Pork. New patio for outdoor dining, now open.
  • The Princess Cafe
    The Princess Cafe
    Seating Capacity: 230
    The Princess Cafe has built a reputation for serving the very finest steaks, seafood, chops and the freshest vegetables. Enjoy cocktails and dining in a relaxing country atmosphere.
  • Siam Marina
    Siam Marina
    Seating Capacity: 200
    Featuring delectable dishes of Thailand and Vietnam with French influences, enhanced by Chef Pham's sauces and seasonings. Enjoy our renowned martinis, cocktails, fine wines and imported beers.
  • Tin Fish
    Tin Fish
    Seating Capacity: 230
    Renowned for fresh seafood and oysters as well as aged steaks. A much respected wine list and bar deep in aged spirits.


Event Services The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau can assist you in many ways. We are your primary source of information for the Chicago Southland region. You can rely on the experience of our professional staff to assist you in all facets of planning your next event. We offer a variety of FREE professional services  to groups booked through the CSCVB (restrictions do apply). Call us today at 888-895-8233!

Area Attractions

Chicago Fire Major League Soccer/TOYOTA PARK Fans, entertainers and athletes alike praise Toyota Park as accessible, friendly and fun. In addition to being home to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer Toyota Park is regularly home to world-class acts Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton or Phish, as well as high school football and festivals, among others.

Frankfort Historic Shopping District Since 1855, Frankfort has been a gathering place. The Grainery once held the yield from local crops. Today it towers over Briedert Green, town center and home to year-round community events.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens is an 85-acre park that includes woodlands, prairie, wetlands, and a 10-acre lake. An estimated 100,000 people come to the park each year to hike or jog along the trails, canoe or kayak on the lake, attend a special event or educational program, or simply enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the abundant opportunities to see wildlife.

Orland Square Orland Square Mall is an enclosed shopping center in Orland Park, Illinois. It is the most upscale mall in the Chicago Southland area and largest mall in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, covering an area of over 1.2 million ft

Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre is an outdoor music venue, in Chicago's southwest suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois, that opened in 1990. It is one of the largest music venues in the Chicago area, with capacities of up to 28,000 spectators.

Windy City ThunderBolts The Windy City ThunderBolts are a professional baseball team based in the Chicago suburb of Crestwood, Illinois, in the United States. The ThunderBolts are a member of the Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at GSU Encounter major works by masters of contemporary sculpture at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Established 35 years ago, the park has grown into a major collection of 28 works that is set within the wild prairie swales of the Governors State University campus. Located just 34 miles directly south of Chicago's Loop business district and connected by a one-hour Metra train ride to the Millennium Park station, the park is easily accessible by train, automobile, or tour bus.

Oak Lawn Children’s Museum The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn is a place for families to learn, explore and soar together. It's a place for children to be creative, to role play, and to build. It's a place for parents to be the teacher in their child's life. It's a place for discovery, learning, and fun! The Children's Museum is funded through admissions, birthday parties and field trips. However, this funding will only account for around 65-70% of our annual operating budget. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help keep our admission prices competitive with other children's museums and to provide quality, educational experiences for children.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center The Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center is a joint project of the Homewood-Flossmoor (HF Olympia Fields (OF park districts. The near 40-acre nature preserve is home to a diversity of wildlife and habitat types.

Park Forest Railfan Park See one of the country’s largest rail intersections, where the Canadian National main line connects with the Metra line, from a 35’ high train viewing platform. This is a must-visit attraction for area visitors!

Brookfield Zoo The Brookfield Zoo is a zoo located in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. The zoo covers an area of 216 acres and houses around 450 species of animals

Historic Pullman Foundation The Pullman Historic District is a unique community, built in 1880-84 as a planned model industrial town for the Pullman's Palace Car Company. Learn about the town's history and its buildings.

Hits Balmoral Park HITS, Inc. produces international level hunter/jumper horse shows and is a nationwide company with world-class circuits in Illinois, California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110