The Illini Union offers two permanent venues with stages: the Courtyard Café and the Illini Union Food Court. We also have a permanent venue with an intimate setting suitable for smaller lectures and events at the Illini Union Bookstore's Author's Corner.

venue options

With three unique spaces to choose from, the Illini Union will be able to meet your hosting needs! Read through the options below. 

Courtyard Café

The Courtyard Café is the perfect space to host dances, concerts, comedy shows, plays and more! The Courtyard Café has accomodated a variety of different events over the years. With the stage set front and center, it is easily viewed by everyone in the room. Check out the floor set ups for the different events!

Courtyard Café Stage set up

Illini Union food court

The Food Court Stage was recently added as a permanent stage at the Illini Union. With brand new state of the art lighting, a superior sound system and plenty of space to host everything from small to large programs, the Food Court Stage provides a wonderful alternative for programming.

Food Court Stage  

author's corner

Found on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore, the Author's Corner provides an intimate and personal setting for your next event. The gorgeous space can host ten to fifty attendees. Whether it's a book discussion, debate, lecture or presentation, the Author's Corner has everything to make your program a success.

Set up in the Author's Corner

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