Event Types Welcomed

Corporate Social Events
Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
Youth Retreat/Camps


The Alumni 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 Alumni Center a desirable event space for conferences or meetings in the area. It has five 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, virtual conferencing, and amplified hearing for your conference or social event.

Another large venue at Illinois State Univeristy is the newly renovated Bone Student Center. It has 15 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. The Brown Ballroom inside Bone Student Center contains 13,590 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.

Food & Beverage Options

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: 490

Watterson Dining Center

Seating Capacity: 1100


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 5,000
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes

Illinois State University residence halls

Illinois State University residence halls provide comfortable, convenient, air-conditioned housing during the summer months.
8,000 Beds

This accommodation has A/C

Featured Amenities

In-House Catering
Near Public Transit
Outdoor Space
Overnight Rooms
Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


Conference Services,

1101 North Main Street,

Normal Normal, 61790-8610



Nearby Airport

Central Illinois Regional - 10 minutes

Nearby International Airport

Peoria International Airport - 45 minutes

Nearby Cities

Chicago – 140|St Louis – 165|Indianapolis – 170

Things to Know


Must Use In-House Catering: Yes

External Catering Allowed: Yes


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

Guest Wi-Fi: Free

Onsite Tech Support: Yes

Wi-Fi In Meeting Space: Yes

Equipment Available On-Site:
  • Projector Screen
  • Laptops
  • Microphones
  • Sound System
  • Custom Lighting