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Conference Chicago at University Center

525 S. State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605

175Largest Group
10Meeting Rooms
1,200Overnight Guests
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  • Conference Chicago at University Center ExteriorConference Chicago at University Center Exterior
  • University Center - State StreetUniversity Center - State Street
  • Conference Chicago LobbyConference Chicago Lobby
  • Executive Board RoomExecutive Board Room
  • Lake RoomLake Room
  • Loop/River RoomLoop/River Room
  • Private Dining RoomPrivate Dining Room
  • Great RoomGreat Room
  • Outdoor TerraceOutdoor Terrace
  • Indoor Bike StorageIndoor Bike Storage
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  • Event Spaces
  • Accommodations
  • Catering
  • Dining
  • Services
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  • Area Attractions
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Conference Chicago at University Center, located in the heart of downtown Chicago, offers exciting meeting and conference facilities catering to the needs of groups both large and small with unique summer housing accommodations - both at extremely competitive rates!

Combining superior business services, advanced technology, full-service catering, and overnight accommodations with a dedicated, professional staff, Conference Chicago at University Center promises to make your event an enjoyable and productive experience. Visit our website to take a virtual tour and explore our breathtaking Chicago event space!

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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Chicago - 0, Milwaukee - 95, Indianapolis - 182, Detroit - 281
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Chicago O'Hare International Airport‎ / 25
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Conference Chicago at University Center offers year-round meeting and conference space with on-site catering and summer housing accommodations, May thru August.
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Conference Chicago's event space offers state-of-the-art meeting and presentation technology, including LCD projectors + screens and high-speed wireless Internet.
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Ranging from continental breakfasts and boxed lunches to elaborate buffets and special dining packages, on-site catering and menu selections will add convenience and comfort to your Chicago meeting or conference.
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Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Leisure travel
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Conference Center Lower Lobby Lower Lobby Entrance

Great Room & Terrace This room can accommodate a reception for 80 or outdoor terrace event for 350. This room also has an outdoor terrace and fireplace.

The Private Dining Room Meeting room includes: LCD projector, screen and wireless internet access.

Conference Lobby Modern lobby, equipped with complimentary email stations, wireless internet access and lounge seating. 

The Board Room This room is set with a permanent conference table, LCD projector + screen, HDMI/VGA hookups, additional power plugs and high-speed WiFi. 

The Lake Room Our largest space, this meeting room includes: LCD projector, screen, wireless internet access, white board and one cordless microphone.

The Loop/River Room Our second largest space, this meeting room includes: LCD projector, screen, wireless internet access, white board and one cordless microphone.

The Loop Room Meeting room includes: LCD projector, screen, wireless internet access, white board and one cordless microphone.

The River Room Meeting room includes: LCD projector, screen, wireless internet access, white board and one cordless microphone.

The Park/Fountain Room Meeting room includes: LCD projector, screen, wireless internet access, white board and one cordless microphone.

The Fountain Room Meeting room includes: screen, white board and wireless internet access.

The Park Room Meeting room includes: LCD projector, screen, white board and wireless internet access.

The Arts Room Meeting room includes: screen, white board and wireless internet access.



Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
4-Bedroom Apartment 144 4 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Quad Semi-Suite 469 4 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes


  • On site catering by Chartwells
    Catering Services
    On-premise catering provides your meeting with customized food service options. The culinary team presents delicious seasonally inspired menu selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an energizing assortment of snacks and refreshments served during meeting breaks. From elaborate buffets to boxed lunches, we are happy to tailor our menu selections to meet the needs of your meeting. Meeting attendees also have the option to dine in University Center’s dining center, offering a wide variety of options morning to night. Additionally, a large private dining room is available for special gatherings.
    >>> menu (PDF)


  • Dining Center
    Seating Capacity: 460
    University Center Dining offers more food options and flexibility than possibly imagined. With a variety of dining stations including grill, salad, soup, made-to-order sandwiches, home-style cooking, pizza, express to-go, deli and desserts. Dining is available on an a la carte basis or through a meal plan.


Conference Services We look forward to offering your attendees a distinctive and sophisticated meeting environment. Your conference will be a success in a setting specifically designed for achievement and comfort.

Audio Visual Equipment Combining superior business services, advanced technology and a dedicated professional staff, University Center will make your conference experience memorable, enjoyable and productive

Summer Housing During the summer, University Center offers full-service overnight accommodations, including use of the building’s recreation area, fitness center, outdoor terrace and dining area. Guests also have the added benefit of access to kitchen and laundry facilities.

Year-round meeting rooms University Center is a perfect setting for your executive board meeting, seminar, workshop, training session or retreat. Year-round meeting rooms range from 435 to 2,400 square feet and are designed to accommodate a wide variety of configurations. On premise catering, audio/visual equipment, computer data projection and video conferencing are also readily available.

Easy Access to Public Transportation Located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, University Center is only steps away from Chicago’s magnificent lakefront with beautiful beaches, world-renowned Millennium and Grant Parks, marvelous museums, restaurants and retail shopping.

Free Internet access All accommodations have free access and all meeting rooms and many common areas feature wireless access.


Audio/Visual The latest in meeting and presentation technology is available at Conference Chicago. High-speed, high-tech services and equipment include: computer data projection, audio/video conferencing and wireless high-speed internet. 

Area Attractions

Chicago Symphony Orchestra The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a musical force in Chicago and around the world. More than 150 performances and events a year. 109 talented musicians. Three internationally renowned conductors. Two award-winning composers-in- residence.

Spertus Museum Spertus is a Jewish institution grounded in Jewish values that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the multi-faceted Jewish experience. Through its innovative public programming, exhibitions, collections, research facilities and degree programs

The Ledge - Willis Tower The Ledge brings an exhilarating new experience to the Skydeck. At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing never-before-seen views of the city. An unmatched view is not all the Skydeck offers

Art Institute of Chicago The collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, and the school's graduate program is continually ranked as one of the best in the country. Within the next decade, a new complex will continue this process of growth.

Field Museum As an educational institution the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning

Shedd Aquarium Spectacular museum setting overlooking Lake Michigan and the entire Chicago skyline.

Lyric Opera House Lyric Opera of Chicago, founded in 1954, is one of the world's greatest opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength.

Navy Pier Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!


  • Great location, great people - very friendly and helpful, great food. The place seems so clean - you can eat off most floors! Fantastic amenities - 24 hr computers, rec area, and exercise room. I Felt very secure and welcomed. I would recommend this place in a heart beat. Last summer i did an internship in New York City and they have a lot to learn from Chicago.
    Barbara C.

  • What a pleasure to stay here - many thanks! The check-in girls were so friendly + three cheers for the hair dryer that they let me borrow.
    Jan B.

  • The staff is incredible, could not have been more helpful and accommodating to our needs from beginning to end! University Center is truly the best space in town to host workshops!
    Kelley S.

  • "I can't thank you enough for all of your and the UC's staff assistance for our meeting last week. Folks said I "hit a homerun" with the meeting space and services, which is such an important part of setting the tone for a meeting.
    L. Rush 01/2010

  • The 3-day course went exceptionally well in Chicago this week. I will highly recommend that we return to University Center. The facilities are good and the staff is attentive. I used their projector, which is part of the set up. The location is excellent (also safe) -- close to the CTA, restaurants, and hotels.
    Kent B.

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