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Directory of Meeting,
Banquet, and Event Facilities
in Central Illinois

Here are a few of my favorite Event Locations in the Central Illinois area. These are all locations where I've worked for various groups.  Based on my experiences with them, they're all ones I feel comfortable recommending as facilities for your event.

Spirit of Peoria Paddle Wheel Riverboat
Peoria Riverfront

For something really different and unique, this may be just the ticket! The Spirit of Peoria was built in Paducah, Kentucky in 1988 by Walker Boat Yard. It is solely propelled by its stern driven paddle wheel. They offer charter cruises for a variety of special events: Christmas parties, weddings, reunions, fraternity/sorority formals, and business meetings are just a few of the functions hosted aboard the Spirit of Peoria. Both decks are equipped with dance floors, restrooms, microphones, wet bars, and a remarkable view of the river.

100 Water Street
Peoria, Illinois  61602
Phone: 800-676-8988
or: 309-637-8000

Hotel Pere Marquette
Downtown Peoria

Promoted as Peoria's premiere hotel, the Pere Marquette recently celebrated its 75th year in business.  After extensive renovation and restoration in 1981, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The beautiful interior and banquet rooms reflect grandeur and elegance.  It's right across from the Peoria Civic Center, and only 4 blocks from the riverfront attractions, in the heart of Peoria's downtown business district.  They offer extensive catering menus, and have two adjoining ballrooms and several smaller meeting and banquet rooms, and can accommodate groups of any size up to 850.  My experiences of working with them have been of professionalism and high quality.
  • The elegant Marquette Ballroom seats up to 1100 for theatre seating, or up to 700 for banquets.
  • Carnegie's, The American Cafe, and the Rendezvous Lounge offer a variety of in house dining and bar choices.
  • Some audio/ visual and staging equipment available.  Call for details.
501 Main Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602
(309) 637-6500
1-800-447-1676 (Reservations Only)

Par-a-dice Hotel
East Peoria

Adjacent to the Par-a-dice Riverboat Casino, the Hotel is pretty impressive in it's own regard.  I was impressed with both the facility as well as the professionalism of the staff.  They're really on the ball from what I can tell.  Since it's such a new facility, they have the most up to date of services and state of the art audio visual equipment.  And of course, if your guests like gambling, it's just a short walk over to the boat!
  • Large Ballroom which seats up to 700 for banquets and can be partitioned into smaller sections, 2 Meeting rooms, the brand new Plaza Room, and a Boardroom offer over 17,000 sqare feet of total space for a variety of choices.
  • Sit-down or Buffet style catering by award winning chefs available.
  • Top notch in house audio visual and other equipment, such as dance floors, etc. available.
21 Blackjack Blvd.
East Peoria, IL  61611

Wildlife Prairie State Park
Hanna City/ Peoria

If you're looking for something really different, this may be just the ticket. Well known for it's variety of native wildlife and outdoor and nature events, Wildlife Prairie State Park also offers several diverse options and locations for meetings, banquets, and other events. Rustic settings, expansive views, and scenic backgrounds give a touch of uniqueness to events. Several indoor and outdoor facilities available.
  • Really unique settings for your event, from the "Prairie Hall" to the "Parkside Pavillion", the "Log Room" and at least nine other equally interesting event settings. See descriptions of each on their website.
  • A variety of special events at the park offer other activities to plan your events around.
3826 N. Taylor Road
Hanna City, IL  61536

Crowne Plaza Hotel

If you're looking for high quality in a modern, spacious setting, the Crowne Plaza offers over 55,000 square feet of convention space including a 30,000 square foot street level plaza, a 15,000 square foot column free ballroom, and an entire floor of private conference rooms. All meeting space offers permanent walls that offer flexibility for breakout sessions, hospitalities and small board meetings.
  • Professional staff to help in planning and running your event.
  • State of the art sound and media equipment.
  • Located just off I-55 in Springfield, easy to find and get to (it's clearly visible from the freeway.)
3000 South Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703
Toll-Free: 8005892769

This is a charming little get away sort of location. It's really beautiful for a wedding, a reception, or any other private function where you're looking for a really nice setting. They're set on a private 120 acre park set amongst a small forest of trees and surrounding a scenic lake. They have both indoor as well as outside sheltered facilities, and their friendly staff is great to work with.
  • Specializes in weddings, receptions, reunions, and business functions.
  • Indoor, year round banquet hall seats 300. Screened in Pavillion seats 600.
  • Lakeside arbor, baseball diamond, sand volleyball, playground, make a great location for large picnics and other casual "outdoor" gatherings.
  • A variety of interesting catering options, including creative theme events.

5326 W. Charter Oak Road
Peoria, IL 61615
Though this website isn't just about event facilities, if you're planning your event in the Springfield area, the site has a great variety of resources and information on the area. It does have a listing of banquet facilities, hotels, and attractions, as well as ideas on lots of things to do while in Springfield. Overall a great resource!

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