Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Special Event Venues

Illinois Event Facilities

Illinois Wedding & Reception Locations

The tranquil, verdant, hilly sylvan splendor of Galena, Illinois has inspired countless millions of visitors over the years. A pleasant, welcome change from the usual flatlands of the Midwest, this former home of Ulysses S. Grant oozes small-town charm. The residents are likewise inspired, expressing this warmth in a seemingly endless spring of captivating architectural styles. Any sort of event can be hosted in the Galena area. Jo Daviess County has such a wide variety of Illinois event facilities that one can literally have anything from a small intimate wedding to an outdoor concert event with ten thousand attendees! Make Galena your place for a family reunion, retreat or simply reward your valued employees with a stress-free conference. The landscape and hospitality are waiting there, pleased to suit your needs, just visit the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Situated on the Illinois side of the mighty Mississippi River, on the hills that rise up from her banks, Galena’s richness is surprisingly close to a number of larger cities. Dubuque, Iowa, is a mere 15 miles away. Madison, Wisconsin is less than 100 miles. Chicago, so very different from Galena in nearly all ways, is just 164 miles from these oak-covered hills. One can fly in to the Dubuque Regional airport and be at your wedding, reception, or event location in under half an hour!

In the Galena, Illinois area are some 52 wonderful event facilities, able to host as many as 1400 indoor guests. Up to 360 can be seated in a classroom environment, while 800 can enjoy a theatre-style setting at the same time. Each of the venues has its own unique offerings and amenities, of course, but you can be certain that you’ll find them all generous and hospitable! That’s what make Galena one of the top banquet and party or wedding destinations in the region.

Dining is a diverse and rewarding experience in Galena. You can enjoy a delicious meal while looking down upon the Mississippi from a wooded palisade. Or take a virtual trip to Ireland as you step into Frank O’Dowd’s pub, within the Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel. Enjoy traditional fish ‘n’ chips, shepherd’s pie, hand-cut steaks and fish while sipping on an exceptional glass of wine. Visit and stay at the DeSoto House hotel. Built in 1855, this marvelous piece of history can provide lodgings and American cuisine for up to 100 people. Or enjoy the simple elegance of the Goldmoor’s Old World decor, sampling their wine cellar and enjoy their chef’s tantalizing creativity. The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln is memorialized at the Log Cabin, a Greek Steakhouse established in 1935. The Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa offers up Spike’s Bar and Grill, overlooking their General Golf Course. Timmerman’s Supper Club provides three choices each evening, and also features a view of the Mississippi. If it’s Italian you’re after, Vinny Vanucchi’s can accommodate most any request.

As you can see, there’s really no limit to the type of Illinois event facilities you can find in Galena. Treat yourself and your guests to something warm, rich and unique. Let Galena share its hospitality for your next occasion, and you can be certain it will be a memorable one!