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Outside of Ordinary in Champaign County, Illinois

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Home of the Big Ten’s University of Illinois, Champaign County is an ideal choice for regional gatherings. At a fraction of the cost of larger destinations, Champaign County is home to more than 4,500 hotel rooms and over 240,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, county-wide from conference centers to European-inspired retreats. Champaign is as diverse as mid-size towns come. We’ve got museums, theatres, boutique shopping, nightlife, fine dining and unparalleled attractions.

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We know you’re wondering—where exactly is Champaign County? We like to consider ourselves the heart of the state, located in East Central Illinois, centrally located between Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. With three interstates intersecting in Champaign-Urbana, an Amtrak station and the University of Illinois Willard Airport, getting here is easy for everyone.

Among our featured venues, the I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, located on the University of Illinois campus, recently expanded to include 70,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. The upgraded amenities include custom wall grazing and cove lighting to personalize your event, 10,00 lumen laser projectors for built-in DLP projectors, and the capability of projecting via digital video inputs. The expansion includes a 12,200 sq. ft. exhibit all that can accommodate up to 750 guests in rounds, and 1,200 theater-style.

The I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Beyond the venue, our destination is filled with arts and culture, scenic outdoor spaces, local award-winning food, and the innovation-driven University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. With our renowned Midwest Hospitality and our collection of urban and rural experiences, people can’t stop talking about our community. Maybe that’s why we’re the fastest growing city in Illinois.

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We’ll help you on the path to success, providing the tools to get people to your event and make sure the experience is Outside of Ordinary!

From site selection to finding keynote speaker to networking events and group tours, we offer numerous services and provide valuable information for your guests so they can enjoy a positive experience and you can succeed.

Ready to make a visit?

Let us showcase you our top-notch venues and the many Outside of Ordinary amenities awaiting your guests in Champaign County.

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