In the Chicago suburbs, NIU-Hoffman Estates is a lovely place for a meeting. They offer ""smart classrooms"" with on-site assistance for linking to NIU's technology. There is a library, a reasonably priced catering service, and free parking. They will also help with event planning and registration. Travel from O'Hare to Hoffman Estates can be arranged with Airways Shuttle Taxi Service for a flat and reasonable fee, and there are plenty of mid-range hotels within easy distance of the venue. The catering during the meeting is particularly nice. They provide excellent hot lunches, extended treats for breaks times, and continuous beverage service -all without a gratuity or extra service fee. The meeting rooms are classroom-like, but are versatile and will be arranged to suit your needs. Videoconferencing is also an option in these rooms. I have used the other NIU regional sites as well. They are lovely, and arguably NIU-Naperville is a prettier and more modern-appearing site. However, what makes the Hoffman Estates site the winner for me is the staff. Again, this is not a criticism of the other sites; their staff have been professional and friendly. The Hoffman Estates site staff, however, goes above and beyond. When I presented at a meeting there a few weeks ago, the event coordinator remembered that I prefer soy milk with my coffee and left a small pitcher for me -and I had not been there in over a year. I will return more frequently when there is personalized, thoughtful service like that available.