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Posted on: January 3, 2024

[ARCHIVED] Join the Stage Name Brainstorm!


The City of Carbondale received $2 million in grant funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Downtowns and Main Streets program to construct Phase 1 of a downtown entertainment and events plaza. This plaza will provide a state-of-the-art performance venue that celebrates entertainment and the performing arts and attracts visitors from across the region and beyond to the heart of Carbondale.

The City of Carbondale is now inviting you to join the Stage Name Brainstorm! We are welcoming ideas and input to name this Entertainment and Events Plaza by gathering submissions for consideration through an online form. After the submission deadline (Feb. 12, 2024, 5 PM), the City Council will review the list of submissions and make the final decision.

This venue will encompass a wide variety of bands, groups, performers, acts, etc. Local and national talent will be hosted here, and the plaza will be available for rent by the public for both public and private events. The name should be welcoming and inclusive of all. Please submit your idea for the venue name and a brief explanation of why you chose it, along with any historical context that might support your idea in the form provided here.

For full info on this project, guidelines, and updates, please visit

Thank you so much for your time and thoughts. We are very grateful for your input!

“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open…for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”

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