Northern Illinois University - DeKalb 1425 West Lincoln Highway • DeKalb • IL 60115


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • This pretty campus boasts lush grounds, unique architecture, and a huge range of celebration choices. It’s just over an hour from downtown Chicago and features an on-site hotel, making it extra-appealing for traveling guests.
  • Ranging from sleek and modern to timelessly classic, your venue options include gorgeous historic Altgeld Hall, with its dramatic auditorium and grand staircase, the cool, contemporary Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, and a huge variety of indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • They offer several comprehensive packages, all at refreshingly affordable prices. Every package includes the assistance of their experienced event coordination team, as well as a complimentary wedding night stay at Holmes Hotel.


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PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $2,000/event and up
Ceremony Fee
  • $1,000/event and up
Package Prices
  • $50–85/person
  • Package prices vary depending on:
    • Package chosen
  • Packages include:

    • Butler-passed hors d’oeuvres
    • Choice of salad, entrée, vegetable, and starch
    • Assorted fresh baked bread
    • Standard linen for guest tables, specialty, and high boy tables & napkins in color choice of white, red or black
    • Coffee station & cake cutting service
    • Bar package

    Upgraded packages can include an open bar, champagne toast for all guests, specialty linens, and more.

Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $5,000/event
Additional Info
  • All food and beverage packages for Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center and Altgeld Hall have an additional 12% delivery charge plus 10% food and beverage tax. There is a 20% additional charge for event rentals held on holidays and holiday weekends.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 732 250
Cocktails, etc. Standing 250 150
Reception Seated 768 150
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 400.

Altgeld Hall: Ceremony capacity is 250 indoor and outdoor. Reception capacity is 250 seated and standing, both indoors and outdoors. Meeting capacity is 400.

Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center: Ceremony capacity is 300 indoor and 150 outdoor. Indoor reception capacity is 200 seated and 300 standing; outdoor reception capacity is 120 seated and 200 standing. Meeting capacity is 300.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • College Campus / School
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Park


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