Holmes Student Center Event Spaces

HSC is one of our most popular venues on campus. Its’ central location, onsite hotel, and variety of pillar free room options, makes hosting meetings and events feel effortless. For seating arrangements and room locations, please view the capacity chart and floor maps.

Physical Distancing Capacity Chart

= Great space for weddings; = Great space for other celebrations or special events

Room configuration diagrams including classroom, theatre seating, U-shape, hollow square, tiered classroom, double "V", conference style and round table

 Main Floor Room Specifications and Seating Capacity
Rooms sq ft Classroom Theater U-Shaped Hollow Sq. Perimeter Rounds* A/V
Duke Ellington Ballroom
(Layout: For projector/ screen)
13,360' + 1,400' stage 50 50 N/A N/A 50 standing Corporate: 50
Social: 50
Cocktails: 50
Built-in: projector, screen, audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Duke Ellington Ballroom
(Layout: For stage)
13,360' + 1,400' stage 50 50 N/A N/A 50 standing  Corporate: 50
Social: 50
Cocktails: 50
Built-in: projector, screen, audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Capitol Room N. and S. 2,576' 36 50 15 22 50 standing  Corporate: 14
Social: 50
Cocktails: 17
Built-in: projector, screen, audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Gallery Glassed Area**  1,370' N/A N/A N/A 18** N/A N/A
Regency Room
5,460' 50 47 25 34 50 standing  Corporate: 50
Social: 50
Cocktails: 37
Built-in: projector, screen and audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Carl Sandburg Auditorium
10,609' N/A 50 N/A N/A N/A N/A Built-in: projector, screen and audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Second Floor Room Specifications and Seating Capacity
Rooms sq ft Classroom Theater U-Shaped Hollow Sq. Perimeter Rounds* A/V
Douglas 264' N/A N/A N/A Conference set-up only, 3 N/A N/A Built-in video monitor HDMI only
Heritage Room** 1,352' 15** N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Built-in: projector, screen, audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Illinois** 724' 21** N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Built-in: projector, screen. Portable: audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Lincoln** 806' N/A 16** N/A N/A N/A N/A Built-in television. Portable screen and audio. HDMI only.
University Suite** Dining Room - 1,058'
Living Room - 416'
N/A N/A N/A 14** N/A N/A Built-in: projector, screen. Portable: audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Floors Room Specifications and Seating Capacity  
Rooms sq ft Classroom Theater U-Shaped Hollow Sq. Perimeter Rounds* A/V
Rooms 303, 403, 503** 240' N/A N/A N/A Conference set-up only, 3** N/A N/A Built-in television. Portable: audio. HDMI only.
Rooms 304, 404, 504** 100' N/A N/A N/A Conference set-up only, 1** N/A N/A Built-in television. Portable: audio. HDMI only.
Rooms 305, 405, 505** 800' N/A N/A N/A 10** N/A N/A Built-in: projector, screen, audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
Rooms 306, 406, 506** 544' N/A 8** N/A N/A N/A N/A Built-in: projector, screen, audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.
16th Floor Room Specifications and Seating Capacity  
Rooms sq ft Classroom Theater U-Shaped Hollow Sq. Perimeter Rounds* A/V
Clara Spelling Sky Room**
5,460' N/A 30** N/A N/A N/A Cocktails: 37 Built-in: projector, screen and audio. Both HDMI & VGA available.

*In accordance with the State of Illinois Restore Illinois Phase 4 Business Guidelines, social events and weddings are allowed for up to 50% facility capacity OR maximum of 50 people excluding venue staff and vendors with inside dining restrictions. Standing areas at bars are limited to 25% of capacity. Inside dining is limited to groups of 10 with six feet between tables. Mask mandates are in effect. Dance floors remain closed.

Please note the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (ILPD) regional Mitigation Measures for COVID-19 could amend our venues’ current hours of operation and capacity totals. For ILPD’s most up-to-date COVID-19 Regional Metrics and Mitigation Measures, please visit IDPH’s COVID- 19 website.

**Indicates a room with a preset standard layout. Changes to the standard room layout can be made for an additional fee.

Floor Maps

Main Floor Floor, Holmes Student Center

Auditorium
Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Ballroom
Duke Ellington Ballroom

Hotel
Hotel at Holmes Front Desk

Multi-Purpose Meeting Room
Capitol Room
Gallery Lounge
Glass Gallery
Hunt Room
Promenade Lounge
Regency Room

Nested U-Shape Room
Rooms 131, 162, 164

Office
Operation Services

Tentant Area/Other
Elevators
Stairs
Restrooms

Hoffman Estates, Second Floor

2nd Floor, Holmes Student Center

Multi-Purpose Meeting Room
Douglas Room
Heritage Room
Illinois Room
Lincoln Room
Hunt Room
University Suite

Office
Administration
Audio-Visual
Reservation and Event Management

Facilities/Other
Elevators
Stairs
Restrooms

Hoffman Estates, Second Floor

3rd, 4th, 5th Floors, 16th Floor (Skyroom), Holmes Student Center

Meeting Room
Room 303 (403, 503)
Room 304 (404, 504)
Room 305 (405, 505)
Room 306 (406, 506)
Skyroom

Facilities/Other
Elevators
Stairs
Restrooms

Hoffman Estates, Second Floor

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Reservation and Event Management Office
Holmes Student Center
Phone: 815-753-1744
hsc@niu.edu

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