Civic Center

Placed between Route 13 East and West, on South 51, in downtown Carbondale just minutes away from I-57, the Civic Center is a very versatile, non-smoking, banquet hall that can be rented out as a whole or broken down into 6 smaller conference rooms at very affordable prices. It's a community resource designed to offer the latest in state-of-the-art services, allowing you to conduct successful and efficient meetings, yet eloquent enough for beautiful receptions. Large enough to hold a 600 person event or individually, they can suit the needs of meetings from 2 to 350. These facilities can be broken down into spacious private conference rooms, all at very afforadable prices. Each room, bright and sparkling,has advanced technical lighting that can be toned down to meet the exact need for every occasion. The facility is available seven days a week.

Hours available for reservation are:

  • Mon. - Thurs. 6:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • Fri. & Sat. 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    *overnight surcharge

For your food and beverage needs, the Civic Center offers several refreshment options for quick service, including beverages and breakfast items. For full meal service, we have developed a list of approved caterers for you to contact, serving anything from casual meals to lavish buffets. The serving of alcoholic beverages is only allowed for certain events, and all serving must be by a Carbondale License holder on the Civic Center's approved list. The City lends the use of a complete catering kitchen with the latest in equipment and design.


For booking information contact:

Laura Chamness
Civic Center Manager
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047

We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.


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The Carbondale Civic Center will provide:


  • Meeting and banquet space with enough room to accommodate up to 500 people.
  • Versatile enough for small groups.
  • Various spacious room sizes and configurations available.
  • 8200 square feet available.
  • Catering Kitchen Facilities

Ancillary Items:

  • Equipped with the latest state-of-the art video and audio equipment
  • Speaker system with portable sound
  • Hearing devices
  • Projectors - slide, video, overhead and LCD
  • Laser pointers
  • Easels and Flipcharts

Parking is available with over 750 spaces at various convenient locations. Public transportation can be provided through the Saluki Express bus service for a very reasonable cost. Also available in public transportation is taxi, bus service, Amtrak and two local airports.

Several hotels are nearby, including Comfort Inn, Best Inns, Days Inn, Super 8, Hampton Inn and Ramada Inn, if your function requires overnight accommodations and there are many area restaurants to choose from.

Other nearby attractions include the Giant City State Park, Crab Orchard Lake, University Mall (as well as many other speciality shops) and the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and John A. Logan College.

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