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About Us

Not just memorable ...Unforgettable!

Your event should be just that -- AN EVENT.  And if you're looking for that special kind of event, the kind that lingers in the memories of your guests for months and years, you've come to the right place.

Events at Refinery isn't just another cookie-cutter ballroom.  Far from it . . . this is a venue that gives you the perfect backdrop for an event that makes a big impression.

Location, Location, Location

Events at Refinery is in a fabulous location: We're not on campus, not in a strip mall, not the first floor of a hotel.  Nestled west of campus in a neighborhood of tree-lined streets, you'll find that standing outside of Events at Refinery, you breathe a little deeper.  We're easy to find, but your guests won't be bothered by the sounds of traffic or trains.  They might hear birds and see squirrels, though!

Privacy: Parking is plentiful, and you will walk through our doors in the BACK of the building.  Your guests won't be dodging pedestrians on the sidewalk to get in.

At Events at Refinery, space is a luxury: We can seat up to 450 guests without triggering claustrophobia.  (Don't worry -- if your event is smaller, we have ways of working the ballroom so that your guests have just the right amount of room without feeling too spread out.)

Edgy Meets Classic

Maple hardwood is coveted worldwide for its tight grain, sturdy durability (this is the stuff they make piano boards out of), and its natural color that stays stable endlessly without fading.  Maple boards make gorgeous floors that are just the right color -- not too dark, not too light.  

This is the flooring in our ballroom, and if you're a wood geek, we think you'll agree that it's gorgeous.  Even wood non-geeks have commented on the floor.  So big, so pristine, so pretty.  

(And, it's fun to dance on.

That's just scratching the surface of the ballroom.  Let's talk windows.  Events at Refinery is big on natural light.  We have floor-to-ceiling windows to squeeze all of the sunlight into the ballroom that physics and nature allow.  Because everyone looks better in natural light.

The Built-In Bar at Events at Refinery

And at night?  The windows are gracefully covered, giving an understated, ethereal glow to the room.

One more thing: We don't mean to brag, but our built-in bar is just plain cool.  We've noticed that some people linger in admiration, examining the bar's beauty without even realizing they're doing it.  The bar just has that effect on people.  You have to see it for yourself.


Do you want a classic, Audrey Hepburn-esque event that has your guests singing along to Rat Pack standards and discovering for the first time what a martini tastes like?  This ballroom was made for the Sinatra crowd.

Do you want a post-modern, cutting edge event that defies convention?  Events at Refinery works well for events that buck every standard. 

Are you thinking of hosting a business event -- something that is the right balance of work and play?  You can dress up the ballroom to enhance your company's brand and boost your credibility.

Our ballroom's timeless style is a flexible background that will make any theme, any color palatte, any idea you can dream up look good. Really good.

Not Just a Venue -- A Team

Our staff members have event planning in their blood.  They LOVE this stuff.  No detail is neglected and no stone is unturned when they get down to business.  

Plus, there's a bonus: They're a lot of fun to work with.  

They might be fun, but they're dead-serious about getting it right and getting it done.  They attend to the details for you on the fringes of the event, working in the background to give your guests the flawless experience they deserve. They're almost like "event fairies."  

The Bottom Line

When you're planning an event in the Champaign area, you owe it to yourself to come and check out Events at Refinery.  Make an appointment for a tour, and bring your imagination.  We can make the possibilities you envision a reality, and that's what will make your event stand out to your guests.  They'll be reminiscing about it for years to come.    


(Looking for a cool, casual venue on campus?  Check out Venue51.com.)

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:: 217.693.4449 ::

2302 W John St
Champaign, IL 61821

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Elegant. Dazzling.  Unforgettable.  Gorgeous.


This how your guests will remember your wedding or special event at Events at Refinery.


This flexible venue features : 

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light
  • Natural maple hardwood flooring, a lush backdrop that works with any color scheme
  • Event planners who have the creative flair to make your vision a reality