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Visit Effingham – Eat. Stay. Play. (Sponsored)

Meet in Effingham, and discover what makes our vibrant, Midwestern community so irresistible to travelers, near and far. Located in Central Illinois, where Interstates 57 and 70 meet, Effingham offers the perfect centralized location to connect with others. With 17 hotels and more than 65 restaurants, our tourism destinations provide the very best in service and hospitality. We invite you to come see for yourself. . .

If space is what you’re craving, check out the sprawling ballrooms at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. With its convenient connection to the Holiday Inn and its in-house restaurant, TK Grille, this space is ideal for meetings and conventions. Enjoy white glove service, decadent food and an effortless event that can only be cultivated by experienced hosts like those at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. Call (217) 347-5115 to speak with an event planner today!

Maybe fresh air is on your mind? Plan a patio parley at Tuscan Hills Winery, where outdoor meeting space is not only picturesque, it’s also temperature controlled and pet-friendly. Get cozy under heated patios or rent their indoor Stellar Cellar space for larger meetings and events. Oh, and did we mention the wide selection of wines and apps they carry for ‘happy hour’? To book your corporate or private event, visit

If your appetite for collaboration is as strong as it is for haute cuisine, we encourage you to plan your lunch meeting at our farm to table restaurant, Firefly Grill, where the menu is as fresh as the atmosphere is inspiring. Firefly’s award-winning chef, Chef Niall, provides guests with a menu that boasts sustainable seafood, prime steaks, brick-oven pizzas and soulful, American-fresh cuisine. Using only the best ingredients, Firefly sources what they can from their on-site gardens, and what they can’t, they source from nearby artisan farms and local foragers and fishermen.

Firefly cultivates a lively, yet intimate atmosphere, where every meal becomes a memory. Their eco-friendly roadhouse is an oasis, right in the heart of the Midwest. With their reclaimed barnwood exterior and ever-changing, seasonal menu, Firefly Grill provides the warm welcome of a small town with the gourmet flavors of the big city. Walk their on-site gardens, watch meals being prepared in their expedition kitchen and dine on their patio, overlooking Lake Kristie. Visit to make a reservation or to learn more about Firefly Grill.

Firefly Grill

Effingham is also home to The Exchange, a brand-new co-working space in Downtown Effingham! If you enjoy clean, modern spaces that were made for working remotely, meeting over coffee or brews, cohosting podcasts, hosting panels and so much more, we encourage you to check out this highly-versatile space. Visit for information on memberships, events and more.

The Exchange

For more information about our meeting spaces, both conventional and not, visit or call 1-800-772-0750 to speak with a representative or request a guide.

Ashley Ricks

Ashley Ricks is the circulation and marketing manager for The Group Travel Leader Inc.