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Illinois State University

Conference Services
1101 North Main Street

Normal, Illinois 61790-8610

10500Largest Group
100Meeting Rooms
7000Overnight Guests
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  • Bone Student Center Braden AuditoriumBone Student Center Braden Auditorium

  • Bone Student Center Brown BallroomBone Student Center Brown Ballroom

  • Bone Student Center Spolight RoomBone Student Center Spolight Room

  • Bone Student Center Founder's RoomBone Student Center Founder's Room

  • Bone Student Center Old Main RoomBone Student Center Old Main Room

  • Alumni Center Great HallAlumni Center Great Hall

  • Alumni Center Room 116Alumni Center Room 116

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  • Accommodations
  • Dining
  • Services
  • Technology
  • Area Attractions
The Illinois Conference Center at Illinois State University is located halfway between Chicago & St Louis in the heart of Illinois and is accessible by 3 major interstates. This central location makes the Illinois Conference Center a desirable location for conferences or meetings in Illinois. Attendees can take advantage of direct flights to St Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis & Detroit. Book your next Illinois conference or event at Illinois State University, featuring several meeting and conference rooms for any event.  View the list of the amenities below for more of the reasons Illinois State University is the premier event venue outside of Chicago and St. Louis.


Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Chicago - 140
St Louis - 165
Indianapolis - 170
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Central Illinois Regional / 7
Illinois meeting rooms available year-round. Sleeping rooms available May - August.
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Residence Halls
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State of the art computers and technology - internet access, distance learning labs, satellite uplink and downlink & complete A/V service.
Food & Beverage:
Full service catering as well as dining hall options available year-round through Illinois State University Campus Dining Services.
Ideally Suited For:
Corporate Social Events
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Alumni Center Great Hall The Alumni Center provides an official gateway to campus with four state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

Alumni Center Room 116

Alumni Center Room 117

Alumni Center Room 118

Alumni Center Room 119

Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom The Ballroom is a versatile 14,000 square foot meeting space.

Braden Auditorium Braden Auditorium is a premier performance venue seating 3,483.

Bone Student Center Praire Room

Bone Student Center Activity Room

Bone Student Center Old Main Room

Bone Student Center Circus Room

Bone Student Center Lounges (1 of 3)

Bone Student Center Founder's Suite

Bone Student Center Spotlight Room

Bone Student Center Private Dining Room



Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Illinois State University residence halls 8,000 Residence Halls Communal yes


  • West Campus - Linkins Dining Center
    West Campus - Linkins Dining Center
    Seating Capacity: 490
    A wide variety of selections are available including salad bar, deli, grilled sandwiches, pizza, fresh fruit, and desserts.
  • Watterson Dining Center
    Watterson Dining Center
    Seating Capacity: 1100


Coordination We take pride in our extensive knowledge of conference planning and providing exceptional customer service, using our one-stop-shop services.

Registration Whether your group has 30 or 2,000 participants, we can assist you! Providing professional and cost effective registration is our specialty.

Marketing Conference Services offers customized event marketing and communication expertise. We can design, produce, and distribute informational materials to maximize attendance.


Meeting Room Equipment State of the art technology and presentation equipment available in all meeting rooms. Video conferencing available.

Classroom Technology Classrooms have small touch panels allowing for simple operation of presentation equipment. Instructor podium includes sound system, projector, DVD, VCR, overhead, and computer.

Computer labs Labs are located throughout campus. All include an instructor technology lectern with computer. The Alumni Center is equipped to host a 20-station laptop configuration for training.

Area Attractions

The Constitution Trail The Constitution Trail is over 13 miles long and ideal for walking, hiking, jogging, biking and cross country skiing.

Eyestone One-Room Schoolhouse This is a schoolhouse from the 1900s with wooden desks, McGuffeys Readers, slates, and a coal stove, as well as other items common to the time period.

Planetarium The ISU Planetarium offers a variety of programs for preschool through high school students as well as clubs and social groups.

University Golf Course This 6,500 yard, par 71 golf course accommodates approximately 36,000 rounds per year and hosts more than 100 tournaments and outings each year.

University Farm Free tours of the Illinois State University farm are available. Visitors are advised that this is a working far where they can observe cattle, hogs, sheep, machinery, compost operation and season crops.

Walking Tour of Campus Trees There are nearly 100 species of trees on our campus, with the scenic quadrangle including approximately 73 species of trees.

Gamma Phi Circus This 80 person organization performs everything from fire eating and adagio, to juggling and trapeze.

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