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www.smallmarketmeetings.com From a prestigious university to bountiful farmland, Champaign County delivers an Outside of Ordinary meeting experience. SCHEDULE A SITE VISIT TODAY TO RECEIVE AN ILLINI T- SHIRT! LEAHL@VISITCHAMPAIGNCOUNTY.ORG 800.369.6151 | VISITCHAMPAIGNCOUNTY.ORG When your meeting overlooks footballís greatest legend. Groups often use the surrounding Genevieve Green Gardens for receptions or breakout sessions, or simply stroll there during breaks, Tucker said. A local charity recently set up a tent on the lawn for a 200-person fundraiser. Next to the mansion is the third piece of the cultural center, the Ewing Theatre. The 430- seat, open-air theater is home to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and available for events and presentations. Group can tour the gardens on their own or make arrangements for private tours of the 44-room Norman-style home. The upper two floors house the family's original furniture and art, so they're closed to all except during pre-arranged tours, when visitors "would be able to see things that were not open to the public," Tucker said. ewingmanor.illinoisstate.edu A b r a h a m L i n c o l n P r e s i d e n t i a l L i b r a r y a n d M u s e u m Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum S p r i n g f i e l d Springfield No visit to Illinois should overlook a chance to pay homage to its most-famous resident, Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a two-building complex in Springfield, Illinois, where planners can choose function spaces and experiences "a la carte," said Britta Brackney, facilities rental and promotions manager. "Every event can be unique because the client can decide what to include," she said. The Lincoln Atrium, Lincoln Reception Room and Reception Gallery are three spaces that can be used for receptions, banquets or meetings, but the library's 250-person multi-purpose room "is really our conference facility," Brackney said. Smaller groups can also use the class- room, conference room or computer lab. The museum can host groups of 500 for standing receptions or seated dinners for 300. The museum plaza is the center rotunda, which is several stories tall and bracketed by a replica of Lincoln's boyhood cabin on one side and a replica White House on the other. Each is an entrance to exhibits about Lincoln's pre-presidential years and his time as president, both of which planners can use for their events. The museum's two 250-seat theaters "are really popular," Brackney said. "Lincoln's Eyes" is a special effects program that gives a 4-D overview of his life, and "Ghosts of the Library" uses holographs. Planners can have a historian speak or bring in an actor to portray historic re-enactments about the Civil War and the night Lincoln was shot. www.illinois.gov/alplm Courtesy Ewing Cultural Center The house and gardens at Bloomington's Ewing Cultural Center are available for private events.