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University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions

About

The Wisconsin Union is comprised of the Memorial Union and Union South buildings. Both of our Unions are landmarks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, which provide facilities to thousands of students, student organizations, campus staff, local companies, and community members in order to facilitate the mission of the University and to provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Built in 1928, Memorial Union is one of the most beloved and historic destinations on campus and is well known for its historic architecture and famous Memorial Union Terrace that overlooks the scenic Lake Mendota.

The Memorial Union just finished multi-phase renovations to which include an updates to East Wing, campus bierhaus Der Stiftskeller, the Paul Bunyan room, West Wing programming spaces, in addition to utility and ADA compliant upgrades. Memorial Union serves all of campus and is known for its convenient location in the heart of downtown and the famous State Street area. The building is the “living room of the campus,” a place to come socialize, relax, study, eat, and enjoy all the beautiful sunsets and lake views that Madison has to offer. 

Since opening its doors in 1928, Memorial Union has offered a variety of social and educational activities for UW students, faculty, Wisconsin Union Members, and the Madison community. Among its many treasures, the building houses a 1,200 seat performance theater, Strada Italian Cuisine, Carte Soups & Salads, the Daily Scoop Ice Cream, Badger Market, Peet’s Coffee, Der Rathskeller German-Style Tavern, Wheelhouse Studios, Wisconsin Hoofers, various art exhibits, and plentiful study space. Situated on the shores of Lake Mendota, the classic architecture of the building boasts a picturesque lakeside view as well as a spacious terrace that features 600 of our trademark sunburst chairs – the perfect spot for an afternoon snack in the summer.

Union South re-opened in April 2011 and replaced the former student Union located on the same space. Union South opened as a LEED Gold Certified building, featuring sustainable materials and technologies that have a track record of sustainability to ensure that the facility can incorporate even more new green technologies over time. Union South is the home of Varsity Hall an 11,000 square foot ballroom that is flexible enough to be divisible into three separate spaces. There are also spaces and amenities such as a 330-seat Marquee Theater, 17 on-site meeting rooms, state of the art audiovisual equipment and 60 hotel rooms, making the venue equipped to host a wide variety of event types. Other features include, several outdoor decks, four restaurants and Peet’s Coffee Shop on the ground floor, The Sett Recreation, climbing wall, bowling alley, pool tables, and games.

Each year, the Wisconsin Union holds large academic conferences ranging from 200-2,000 participants in its buildings and surrounding campus facilities. The Ribonucleic Acid Society Meeting was our largest hosted conference at 1,150 participants until 2011 when our staff hosted and coordinated the National Science Olympiad competition. Over 2,000 participants from 120 schools competed throughout campus including Memorial Union and Union South. This experience that the Wisconsin Union has hosting large events on its premises has provided it with the expertise to seamlessly facilitate a variety of conferences. The Wisconsin Union acts as a certified one-stop-shop for services, with a professional staff available to assist you with all aspects of planning to ensure a successful conference.
 

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1300 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 300
  • Largest Theatre Style: 1300
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1,165
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Shannon Hall
Location: Memorial Union
Large theater space offering a stage and various audio/visual options.
  • 1,950 Sq. Ft.
  • 1,165 Theatre Style
Founders Room
Location: Memoriral Union
AV:Flat Panel TV
Fixed conference table for up to 16 people.
  • 624 Sq. Ft.
  • 16 Conference Style
Inn Wisconsin East & West
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
Flexible space that can be divided into two rooms
  • 788 Sq. Ft.
  • 48 Banquet Style
  • 56 Theatre Style
  • 30 Conference Style
Profile Room
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
Overlooks Tripp Deck and Alumni Park.
  • 644 Sq. Ft.
  • 48 Banquet Style
  • 18 Classroom Style
  • 40 Theatre Style
  • 24 Conference Style
Tripp Commons
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
Used for meetings, large gatherings and more, this space has direct access to an outdoor patio overlooking Lake Mendota and the Terrace.
  • 3,587 Sq. Ft.
  • 220 Banquet Style
  • 110 Classroom Style
  • 250 Theatre Style
  • 40 Conference Style
Play Circle Theater
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
Black box theater
  • 182 Theatre Style
Beefeaters North & South
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
Features views of Alumni Park and can be divided into two rooms
  • 810 Sq. Ft.
  • 48 Banquet Style
  • 24 Classroom Style
  • 50 Theatre Style
  • 36 Conference Style
Board Room
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Flat panel TV
Fixed conference table for 12
  • 524 Sq. Ft.
  • 12 Conference Style
Old Madison East & West
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
Murals depicting scences of early Madison life line the walls of this room.
  • 1,214 Sq. Ft.
  • 84 Banquet Style
  • 45 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 36 Conference Style
Great Hall
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Three Projectors & Screens
  • 4,928 Sq. Ft.
  • 330 Banquet Style
  • 120 Classroom Style
  • 400 Theatre Style
  • 40 Conference Style
Class of 1924 Reception Room
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 904 Sq. Ft.
  • 78 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 75 Theatre Style
  • 36 Conference Style
Langdon Room
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 618 Sq. Ft.
  • 54 Banquet Style
  • 18 Classroom Style
  • 30 Theatre Style
  • 25 Conference Style
State Room East & West
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 1,214 Sq. Ft.
  • 84 Banquet Style
  • 45 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 36 Conference Style
Parkview
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Flat planel TV
Windows to this room's west wall offer views of Alumni Park and adjoins to the State Room.
  • 407 Sq. Ft.
  • 24 Banquet Style
  • 12 Classroom Style
  • 21 Theatre Style
  • 12 Conference Style
Capitol View Room
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 400 Sq. Ft.
  • 42 Banquet Style
  • 30 Theatre Style
  • 25 Conference Style
Council Room
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 600 Sq. Ft.
  • 54 Banquet Style
  • 20 Classroom Style
  • 30 Theatre Style
  • 25 Conference Style
Festival Room
Location: Memorial Union
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 1,295 Sq. Ft.
  • 108 Banquet Style
  • 54 Classroom Style
  • 110 Theatre Style
  • 48 Conference Style
Governance
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
Fixed conference table with outlets for up to 18. Has direct access to the second floor deck, which overlooks South Plaza.
  • 755 Sq. Ft.
  • 18 Conference Style
Alumni
Location: Union South
AV: Flat panel TV
Has access to second floor outdoor deck and roll-up window for registration, coat checks, or similar.
  • 474 Sq. Ft.
  • 30 Banquet Style
  • 15 Classroom Style
  • 32 Theatre Style
  • 18 Conference Style
Scholars
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
Fixed conference table with outlets for up to 18.
  • 684 Sq. Ft.
  • 18 Conference Style
Varsity Hall - I, II & III
Location: Union South
AV: Three Projectors & Screens
Large divisible hall with adjacent lounge.
  • 10,778 Sq. Ft.
  • 900 Banquet Style
  • 480 Classroom Style
  • 1,200 Theatre Style
Marquee Theater
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
The cinema has plush seats, an expansive movie screen and a specialized sound system.
  • 3,441 Sq. Ft.
  • 330 Theatre Style
Fifth Quarter Studio
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 937 Sq. Ft.
  • 66 Banquet Style
  • 42 Classroom Style
  • 75 Theatre Style
  • 30 Conference Style
Traditions
Location: Union South
AV: Flat panel TV
  • 508 Sq. Ft.
  • 36 Banquet Style
  • 18 Classroom Style
  • 48 Theatre Style
  • 24 Conference Style
Wisconsin Idea
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
Includes balcony overlooking campus.
  • 626 Sq. Ft.
  • 36 Banquet Style
  • 24 Classroom Style
  • 40 Theatre Style
  • 24 Conference Style
Sift & Winnow
Location: Union South
AV: Flat panel TV
  • 406 Sq. Ft.
  • 24 Banquet Style
  • 12 Classroom Style
  • 24 Theatre Style
  • 18 Conference Style
Industry A & B
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
Has direct access to third floor deck.
  • 981 Sq. Ft.
  • 84 Banquet Style
  • 50 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 42 Conference Style
Landmark A & B
Location: Union South
AV: Two Projectors & Screens
  • 1,270 Sq. Ft.
  • 60 Banquet Style
  • 36 Classroom Style
  • 72 Theatre Style
  • 36 Conference Style
Agriculture A & B
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 867 Sq. Ft.
  • 60 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 60 Theatre Style
  • 30 Conference Style
Northwoods A & B
Location: Union South
AV: Projector & Screen
  • 1,562 Sq. Ft.
  • 96 Banquet Style
  • 60 Classroom Style
  • 116 Theatre Style
  • 54 Conference Style
First Nations
Location: Union South
AV: Flat panel TV
Fixed conference table for 12.
  • 425 Sq. Ft.
  • 12 Conference Style

Food & Beverage Options

Memorial Union Restaurants
  • Der Rathskeller
Der Rathskeller is a favorite gathering place for students, staff and community members. With a German beer hall feel, this Wisconsin Union icon hosts music sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Music Committee, game watches for the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, and provides a place to socialize. 
  • Strada
Strada, an Italian street food eatery, featuring hearth-fired pizzas, pasta dishes and piadinas - Italian flatbread sandwichs filled with cheese, meat and vegetables.
  • Carte
Carte - a sandwich and made-to-order salad shop with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Daily Scoop
Babcock Daily ice cream is served from a single scoop waffle cone to the freshman 15 sundae with 15 scoops of ice cream.
  • Peet's Coffee
Peet's provides coffee, tea, and pastries.
  • Der Stiftskeller
Der Stiftskeller, offers a variety of beer, wine, soda and salty snacks.

    Catering options

    Wisconsin Union Catering

      Accommodations

      • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1300
      Wisconsin Union Hotel at Union South
      • 60 Rooms
      Wisconsin Union Club Suites at Memorial Union
      • 6 Rooms
      The Graduate Madison
      • 72 Rooms
      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison
      • 163 Rooms
      Lowell Center
      • 137 Rooms
      Hampton Inn & Suites Madison
      • 194 Rooms
      Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
      • 240 Rooms
      The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
      • 373 Rooms
      AC Hotel Madison
        University Housing
          The Edgewater
          • 200 Rooms
          Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison
            Best Western Plus - Park Hotel
            • 215 Rooms
            Hyatt Place Madison
            • 151 Rooms

            Featured Amenities

            • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
            • Handicap Accessible
            • In-House Catering
            • Outdoor Space
            • Paid Parking
            • Taxi
            • Theater Seating
            • WiFi

            Venue Location + Transportation

            Address

             
            University of Wisconsin-Madison,
            800 Langdon St.,
            Madison, Wisconsin 53706

            Transportation

            • BusBus
            • LyftLyft
            • TaxiTaxi
            • UberUber

            Nearby Airport

            • Dane County Regional Airport - Madison, WI - 15 minutes

            Nearby International Airport

            • General Mitchell Airport - Milwaukee, WI - 120 minutes

            Nearby Cities

            Madison – 0|Milwaukee – 80|Chicago,IL – 150

            Things to Know

            Catering

            • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
            • External Catering Allowed: No
            • Can Bring in Own Food: no
            • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
            • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes

            Technology

            Internet and phone access; comprehensive audio-visual; fully equipped 1300 seat theater; technical support; access to computer labs.

            • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
            • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
            • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
            • Equipment Available On-Site:
              • Projector Screen
              • Laptops
              • Microphones
              • Sound System

            Venue Policies

            • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
            • Smoking Permitted: no
            • ADA Accessible: Yes

            Services

            Online Registration Site
            Let us develop your custom conference registration site where we can process payments through a secure portal, provide participants with invoices and receipts and create custom participant reports and personalized name badges.
            Online Abstract Submission Site
            The site inclues the the submission process for collecting and reviewing proposals, an online site for reviewers to manage each proposal and the ability to layout your conference's abstract book.
            Local Lodging Blocks
            We will contract room blocks with local hotels and University housing with discounted rates for your attendees.
            Conference Program Apps
            Customized program apps help attendees by showing them the agenda, participants, maps, local restaurants, sponsors and more!
            Onsite Logistics
            We will act as a liaison between conference officals and meeting facility personnel, develop menus with catering staff, reserve meeting rooms, coordinate audio-visual and room setups and provide on-site management throughout the conference.