Illinois State Fairgrounds

This venue is home to one of the country's oldest and most renowned state fairs, but the huge annual summer event is only the beginning. The Fairgrounds is the perfect spot for agricultural conventions, shows and expositions. It's also well-suited for car club rallies and shows, auctions or swap meets or sporting events, such as harness racing, dirt bike races, horse and dog shows, and more.

Host an event in the stately, historic Expo Building with more than 60,000 square feet, or go large with the drive-in doors and 39,000 square feet at the Orr Building. The Illinois Building features an auditorium and theater seating for 470, and the Arena offers a coliseum for more than 7,000 spectators.

Fairgrounds facilities allow you to create the ideal blend of large and small, old and new. All facilities are within a convenient distance, with plenty of available parking.

The Arena

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6-acre arena floor
261,000 sq. ft.
4,688 permanent grandstand seating
and concession stands
Additional amphitheater seating for 3,000

Artisans Building

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126' x 50' 6,300 sq. ft.
Finished wood floors


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116' x 241' 27,956 sq. ft. floor
2,688 permanent seats
142.5' x 220' 31,350 sq. ft. warm-up arena adjacent

Exposition Building

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290' x 120' 34.800 sq. ft. main floor
27,774 sq. ft mezzanine
60,547 total sq. ft.


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8,912 permanent seats
2,700 bleacher seats
1,350' x 800' Infield area
21,000 sq. ft. Beneath seating area
Home of the fastest dirt mile track in the world.

Illinois Building

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104' x 118' 12,272 sq. ft. floor
120' x 22' 2,650 sq. ft mezzanine theater
470 permanent seats (mezzanine)
40' x 14' stage
127' x 127' 16,129 sq. ft. rooftop

Orr Building

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200' x 195' 39,000 sq. ft.
Drive-in doors