Civic Center

Your big day means a lot and knowing where to have it is crucial. Getting everything you want is important and if you're looking to make a big impression, look no further than the Carbondale Civic Center. Situated in the heart of downtown Carbondale along Illinois Avenue, the Civic Center is home to state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space, perfect for any type of occasion.

Whether you have two or 500 people on your guest list, we've got you covered. With more than 8,000 square feet available, the Civic Center can be transformed from a beautiful wedding venue to a functional conference space, seven days a week. View photos of the Civic Center set up for events.

Reservation Hours

Hours available for reservation are:

  • Monday to Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Overnight surcharge applies

Food & Drinks

The Civic Center offers several refreshment options for quick service, including beverages and breakfast items. For full meal service, we have developed a list of approved caterers for you to contact, serving anything from casual meals to lavish buffets. The serving of alcoholic beverages is only allowed for certain events and all serving must be by a Carbondale license holder on the Civic Center's approved list. The City lends the use of a complete catering kitchen with the latest in equipment and design.

What We Provide

Video & Audio Equipment

  • Easels and Flipcharts
  • Hearing devices
  • Laser pointers
  • Projectors - slide, video, overhead and LCD
  • Speaker system with portable sound


  • 8,200 square feet available
  • Catering kitchen facilities
  • Meeting and banquet space with enough room to accommodate up to 500 people
  • Various spacious room sizes and configurations available
  • Versatile enough for small groups

Parking & Hotels

Parking is available with more than 750 spaces within walking distance of the Civic Center. Alternative transportation can be provided through bus service, taxi, Amtrak and two area airports.

If you need overnight accommodations, there are several nearby hotels including Home2Suites by Hilton, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Super 8, Quality Inn, Best Western, and Days Inn. For more information on area attractions, visit Carbondale Tourism.

Booking Information

For booking information, contact Laura Chamness, Civic Center Manager. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

Downtown Rentals

Spaces available for rent downtown include the City Pavilion located in the Town Square, Town Square East at the corner of Main and Washington, Town Square West, and Friendship Plaza next to the Mill Street underpass. View the public property rental agreement (PDF) and the town square vendor permit (PDF).