About Events at Refinery
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.
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 470 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, 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.
(And, it’s fun to dance on.)
This is 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.
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 palette, any idea you can dream up look good. Really good.
NOT JUST A VENUE — A TEAM
Planning a wedding or reception at Events at Refinery is simple and fun. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the stages of planning, recommend the area’s best vendors, and make sure that all of your plans are executed perfectly. You will have direct contact with the Event Director and Coordinating Manager and can set up unlimited appointments to make sure all of your dreams become a reality. Not only this, but you will also have an Event Coordinator with you every step of the way on your special day. They will be there before you arrive, and after you leave, to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that all your guests have a memorable reception experience.
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.