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Chicago Southland Home To Unique Meeting Facilities

By published November 26, 2019

In-the-know event planners turn to the Chicago Southland meeting facilities to lock in the ideal venue for events of all sizes and purposes. Chicago Southland offers a wide variety of traditional meeting facilities suitable to accommodate annual conventions, association or corporate meetings, reunions, retreats, teambuilding, continuing education, religious/fraternal gatherings, or other special events.

Chicago Southland is also home to many unique meeting facilities for those searching for a venue that is “outside the box” – or boardroom. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind meeting location, take a look at what’s waiting for you just outside the Chicago city limits.



For your next team outing, Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center is the ideal destination for a company retreat with a focus on teambuilding skills, as well as individual skills. This beautiful 38-acre nature preserve provides teambuilding climbing activities such as: high ropes climbing, wall climbing, and crate climbing. Along with its various activities, this center features 1,300 sq. ft of meeting space ideal for a pre- or post-activity meeting with your team.


Arts & Culture:

Beyond Chicago’s city limits, the Southland is infused with vibrant art galleries and an array of cultural facilities with meeting space. With the vast amount of cultural facilities throughout the Southland, the notable facilities featured are some of the best in the area.

Located 30 miles south of the Chicago Loop, the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University has a 1,171-seat venue designed to accommodate large-scale productions, and meetings. For this reason, they have been voted Southland’s “Best Live Entertainment Venue” for five years running. It also features flexible on-stage meeting or banquet set-up for 150 people, state of the art technical equipment, a professional staff of technicians, and more.

Within 20 minutes from the The Center for Performing Arts, the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre is the ideal location for big team outings. Designed to accommodate 30,000 people, it is one of the biggest music venues in America and is the ideal spot for a private company concert. This venue also features delicious concessions on-site and catering for private events.

There are other amazing cultural monuments located throughout the Chicago Southland such as the Pullman National Monument and Freedom Hall. To learn more about these unique venues please visit https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/ArtCulture


Entertainment Centers:

If you’re planning for the young at heart, Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events is the ideal place to visit to fulfill your company’s need for speed. With 75,000 sq. ft., this European-styled indoor go-karting facility is perfect for having a race on any day. This facility also includes a full arcade, restaurant, and meeting rooms to accommodate all the needs of your party. If you’re looking to release your inner warrior, and some stress, this venue has a newly constructed axe throwing area.

Chicago Southland is also home to other amazing entertainment facilities, ready to host your next meeting or event, such as Dave & Buster’s, Haunted Trails Amusement Park, In the Game, Hollywood Park, and Odyssey Fun World.


Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries:

If you’re looking for a unique space, The Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery is a one-of-a-kind location. Once a train station, this brewery has grown into a Chicago Southland staple that has won over 80 awards for their crafted brews. This location is ideal for after-hours business meetings and is a destination for small groups, serving seasonal cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.

Having a great time with a large group can be difficult, but the 350 Brewing Company has mastered what it takes to make your next event perfect. With their Insanity Factory measuring over 40,000 sq. ft. and featuring their specialty flight sampler of their in-house crafted beers, your attendees will have the space and refreshments to have a great time.

The Chicago Southland features plenty of other distilleries, wineries, and breweries such as Hailstorm Brewing Co., Thornton Brewing and Distillery Co., and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, any one of which would be a great host for your next meeting
or event.


Sports & Outdoors:

Are you needing some time out the office and on the field? Look no further, the Chicago Southland offers sports and outdoor meeting facilities that accommodate your groups’ sports interest. With spectacular baseball games and more, these facilities are sure to make your next outing a hit —straight out of the park!

To incite a winning spirit amongst your team, Guaranteed Rate Field is the place for you. Serving as the home ballpark for the Chicago White Sox, this stadium can hold over 40,000 people.. Your team will have the opportunity to watch amazing plays, enjoy cold brews, and get a taste of classic American snacks like hot dogs and burgers.

Other sporting spaces in the Southland such as SeatGeek Stadium, Eagle Sports Range, and Ozinga Field will be sure to keep the spirits and excitement of your team lifted.


For more information on these venues, please visit https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/MeetingFacilities.


Convenient Location:

As far as location, Chicago Southland can’t be beat, with the convenience of six interstates running through the region, making it easily accessible from any direction. It’s only a five-hour drive from eight different states. And for air travel, the Chicago Southland is mere minutes away from both Midway International and O’Hare International Airports. There are many commuter rail options, and the Chicago Southland is just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, so it’s definitely one of the most easy-to-reach meeting destinations available. 



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