Prairie Capital Convention Center Completed Renovations

  • Prairie Capital Convention Center Completed Renovations

    POSTED June 10, 2014

The Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield announced that its renovations are complete.

"[Event planners] can expect this facility to be competitive in both quality and pricing," said General Manager Brian Oaks. "Our renovation reflects what groups have been telling us they’d like to see."

The $15 million renovations are the first of any renovations to the facility since it opened in 1978. Changes to the convention center include new lighting, carpet and furnishings, wall coverings, an expanded lobby,  a food court, upgraded loading docks, first-floor bathrooms, state-of-the-art visual services, and an outdoor plaza and new façade on the parking ramp.

"The Prairie Capital Convention Center provides state-of-the-art meeting and exhibit space to planners, and we’ve been busy showing it off since the upgrades were finished" said Gina Gemberling, acting executive director.

The convention center includes more than 900 rooms and 130,000 square feet of multi-functional meeting space. It can arrange complimentary site tours for meeting planners and their clients with qualified leads, and is attached to the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. 

This summer, the Chicago riverfront welcomed its newest restaurant: Pizzeria Portofino

The sun-drenched casual restaurant is filled with breezy decor that will instantly transport you to the Italian Riviera. Inside, guests dine amidst white-washed wood, colorful shutters, and playful striped booths as they look out onto the beautiful water and Chicago’s historic architecture outside.  


InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile has announced the launch of its Dive-In Movie series, a classic, child-friendly summer film series inside the hotel's historic indoor pool. Beginning at sunset every Saturday night through Labor Day, guests can grab a bag of freshly popped popcorn and complimentary inflatables to enjoy a full-length feature film projected on the hotel's 80-foot jumbo screen.

In July, Chris Heeter, The Wild Institute and thousands of fans had to say goodbye to beloved speaker dog Tuu Weh.

With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.