Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 30 Illinois Meeting Guide Courtesy IllinoiSouth Tourism retreat with a 78-room hotel, a restaurant and a 10,000-square-foot banquet and event center. In nearby Fairview Heights, the 119-room Four Points by Sheraton has nearly 10,000 square feet of flexible function space in 11 meeting rooms, the largest an 8,500-square-foot ballroom. www.illinoisouth.org E v a n s t o n , I l l i n o i s Evanston, Illinois Chicago's North Shore communities hug Lake Michigan just north of the city, and the area's beauty and Cape Cod-like feeling often surprise visitors who may expect heavy-industry ports and piers. Evanston, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago on the lakefront, is the largest North Shore city and home to the renowned Northwestern University. On campus, groups can meet in several facilities, including any of the 14 meeting rooms at Norris University Center. Downtown, the 269-room Hilton Orrington/Evanston has more than 26,000 square feet of event space, including an IACC-certified conference center on the ninth floor and additional event space on the second floor. The 178-room Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore has more than 5,000 square feet of function space, and the Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston offers another 6,380 square feet. Groups can enjoy the scenic drive on Sheridan Road, which follows the curves of Lake Michigan, and stop at sites along the way. The Bahá'í House of Worship is one of only seven Bahá'í temples in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. Like all Bahá'í temples, it has nine sides, and its snow-white dome rises above groomed gardens. Docent-led tours of the temple are free. Farther south on Sheridan Road, the 1873 Grosse Point Lighthouse is open seasonally for tours, and the 1894 lakefront mansion of former U.S. Vice President Charles Gates Dawes offers group tours and can accommodate seated meals for 70 or receptions for 150 guests. www.visitchicagonorthshore.com O'Fallon's Regency Conference Center offers 20,000 square feet of meeting space. ZZZYLVLWH➠QJKDPLOFRP

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