Schaumburg, Illinois at a Glance
Location: Chicago Metropolitan Area
Access: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, interstates 90 and 290
Major Meeting Spaces: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Chicago Marriott Schaumburg, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
Hotel Rooms: 4,800
Off-Site Venues: Topgolf, Medieval Times, Chicago Prime Steakhouse, Weber Grill Restaurant, Arlington International Racecourse, Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts
Meet Chicago Northwest
Scheduling a meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois, means your attendees get the benefits of the Chicago area without the hassles.
Just a short drive from O’Hare International Airport, this picturesque community in Chicago’s northwest suburbs exudes a welcoming, approachable vibe while offering visitors easy access to the Windy City itself.
“The Village of Schaumburg is easily accessible by highway and for airline travelers,” said Dave Parulo, president of Meet Chicago Northwest. “You can get from O’Hare International to Schaumburg faster than you can get from the airport to downtown Chicago.”
Featuring 500 guest rooms attached to a state-of-the-art convention center, the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel — built in 2006, with a full renovation within the past two years — is the city’s marquee meeting venue. The convention center features more than 148,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 97,000-square-foot main exhibit hall that can accommodate 6,300 attendees. For smaller groups, the facility offers 42 meeting rooms and a ballroom with space for up to 2,200 guests.
The city’s Hyatt Regency Schaumburg and the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg, both with 400-plus guest rooms and featuring more than 25,000 square feet each of designated meeting space, are also popular group options.
Alternate meeting venues include the Chicago Prime Steakhouse, with private dining rooms that can accommodate groups of 32 to 130 people, and the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, which makes its 442-seat Maggie Atcher Theatre and 96-seat lecture hall, as well as its gallery space and multiple conference rooms, available for rent.
Now in an exciting period of growth, Schaumburg is developing plans for a new restaurant and entertainment district immediately adjacent to the convention center. Additionally, just minutes from the convention center, portions of another new multiuse district that features entertainment and dining, plus plans for an open-air park able to accommodate fairs and live events, have already been completed. The city’s new Topgolf facility opened there in late 2019.
“We’re envisioning it as a multiuse area that will be a great companion to the convention center,” Parulo said.
In addition to its accessibility, Schaumburg offers “an approachable sophistication,” said Parulo. “We have state-of-the-art meeting facilities and multinational business headquarters here. We’re very proud to promote it.”
It’s easy to incorporate a dose of art and culture into your stay in Schaumburg thanks to attractions like the International Sculpture Park, a 20-acre garden that’s home to the Chicago Athenaeum’s world-class collection of contemporary sculpture. Visitors can also enjoy live music, theater and dance performances at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, plus free outdoor concerts during the summer, when scheduling returns to normal, post-COVID-19. For the opportunity to explore contemporary Native American art and culture, make time to visit the Trickster Cultural Center, where guided tours for groups are available.
Finding a postmeeting meal is a cinch in Schaumburg, where there are more than 150 restaurants within a mile’s walk of the convention center. Meacham Road, aka Restaurant Row, offers fare for every taste: classic Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and more. For team-building events, consider the popular Weber Grill Restaurant, which has event space for groups of up to 150, or for a truly memorable and immersive dinner/theater experience, schedule an evening show at Medieval Times.
Free time to fill? Spend a few hours at Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall, one of the largest malls in America. Groups can also typically enjoy live Thoroughbred racing and access to private meeting venues at nearby Arlington International Racecourse. For an evening escape, consider a group outing to the city’s new Topgolf venue for a virtual golf experience or — once they’re playing again — catch the local Frontier League baseball team, the Schaumburg Boomers, in action.
Embracing the Outdoors
Busse Woods, part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, located within a quarter mile of Schaumburg’s business district, offers the perfect spot for outdoor recreation. With more than 13 miles of paved walking and biking trails, the preserve also offers spots for fishing and boating, plus a 17-acre pasture that’s home to an elk herd. The city’s Spring Valley refuge is another great spot to enjoy a fresh-air break, especially with kids in tow, thanks to its natural history museum, 1880s living-history farm complete with costumed interpreters, miles of nature trails and a popular children’s play area.