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Illinois State University


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Conference Services
1101 North Main Street

Normal, Illinois 61790-8610

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Event Types Welcomed

Corporate Social Events | Expo/Competitions | Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat | Youth Retreat/Camp
  • 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


About Illinois State University

The Illinois Conference Center at Illinois State University is located in the heart of Illinois, halfway between Chicago and St. Louis and is accessible by 3 major interstates. This central location makes the Illinois Conference Center a desirable event space for conferences or meetings in the area. The Alumni Center has four meeting rooms of varying sizes and a Great Hall that can be booked for receptions by alumni, university, and the public. The Alumni Center also has several amenities for guests, and contains on-site catering, and state-of-the-art technology that includes video, projection, conferencing, and amplified hearing for your conference or social event.

Bone Student Center provides 12 meeting rooms for groups ranging in size from 10-3,400 people and has access to restaurants, a bowling and billiards center, and on-site catering. Brown Ballroom inside Bone Student Center contains 14,575 square feet of meeting space, a large stage and screen, and theatrical lighting for ambience, making it the ideal event space for your banquet, reception, or other large event. Book your next 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.


Chicago - 140
St Louis - 165
Indianapolis - 170

Central Illinois Regional - 7 minutes

Full service catering as well as dining hall options available year-round through Illinois State University Campus Dining Services.


10500 Attendees

100 Spaces

Theatre Style 3500 | Classroom Style 500

State of the art computers and technology - internet access, distance learning labs, satellite uplink and downlink & complete A/V service.


7000 Overnight Guests

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Illinois State University residence halls

Illinois State University residence halls provide comfortable, convenient, air-conditioned housing during the summer months.
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Event Spaces

Meeting and Event Spaces

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Alumni Center Great Hall

The Alumni Center provides an official gateway to campus with four state-of-the-art meeting rooms.
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Alumni Center Room 116
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Alumni Center Room 117
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Alumni Center Room 118
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Alumni Center Room 119
| 14,000 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom

The Ballroom is a versatile 14,000 square foot meeting space.
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Braden Auditorium

Braden Auditorium is a premier performance venue seating 3,483.
| 6,766 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Praire Room
| 3,660 SQ FT
| 3,660 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Old Main Room
| 3,690 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Circus Room
| 1,000 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Lounges (1 of 3)
| 994 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Founder's Suite
| 682 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Spotlight Room
| 294 SQ FT | image
Bone Student Center Private Dining Room

Food + Beverage

Food + Beverage


Full service catering as well as dining hall options available year-round through Illinois State University Campus Dining Services.
Dining Options
| Seating Capacity: 490 | image
West Campus - Linkins Dining Center

A wide variety of selections are available including salad bar, deli, grilled sandwiches, pizza, fresh fruit, and desserts.
| Seating Capacity: 1100 | image
Watterson Dining Center


Location + Transportation

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Nearby Airport
Central Illinois Regional - 7 minutes
Nearby Cities
Chicago - 140 miles | St Louis - 165 miles | Indianapolis - 170

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions
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The Constitution Trail is over 13 miles long and ideal for walking, hiking, jogging, biking and cross country skiing.
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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.
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The ISU Planetarium offers a variety of programs for preschool through high school students as well as clubs and social groups.

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.
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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.
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There are nearly 100 species of trees on our campus, with the scenic quadrangle including approximately 73 species of trees.
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This 80 person organization performs everything from fire eating and adagio, to juggling and trapeze.




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

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

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



State of the art computers and technology - internet access, distance learning labs, satellite uplink and downlink & complete A/V service.

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

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

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.

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