Glen Ellyn

Historical Society


The Glen Ellyn History Center  800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Rental Information for the History Center Anderson Multi-Purpose Room at 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Rental rates vary according to the type of group and time of day desired.

For use of the multipurpose room, the Anderson Room, prices vary according to day and time, and whether the renter is a member of the Historical Society, or affiliated with a Glen Ellyn non-profit or civic/service group. 

For evening and weekend rentals:

For members of the Historical Society for private events (birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, showers, etc.): $40/hr

For members of Glen Ellyn Civic/Service/Non-Profit Organizations, and for GEHS members for group events: $50/hr

All other individuals/organizations/businesses: $75/hr

For rentals from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (our regular operating hours):

For members of the Historical Society for private events (birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, showers, etc.): $25/hr

For members of Glen Ellyn Civic/Service/Non-Profit Organizations, and for GEHS members for group events: $35/hr

All other individuals/organizations/businesses: $60/hr

(For evening and weekend rentals, outside of our regular operating hours, there is an additional charge of $15 per hour.)

Rental price includes use of rectangular tables (8 feet long) and chairs.

Use of our overhead projector: additional $25 per event. No charge for screen.

Coffee pot and pot for hot water are also available. There is a charge of 50 cents per person, minimum charge of $15 per event. This includes a pot of caffeinated coffee (decaf upon request) and a pot of hot water, with a box of assorted teas for your guests to select from, as well as creamer, sweetener and cups. (Hot chocolate also available upon request.) 

Our room is arranged in a standard face-forward auditorium (theater) style, with a podium and screen (for projector) at the front. If you would like a different format of seating, there is an additional charge of $25 - $50 depending on the type of setup desired. Or you can set the room yourself as you like it, and reset it (as you found it) after your event concludes, at no additional charge. A standard wired microphone is available at the podium. Please include its use in your request; no additional charge.

Theater-style seating: room capacity 200+

Dinner-style seating at 8 foot rectangular tables without a speaker/presenter: 96 capacity

Use of PowerPoint or podium reduces available seating for a dinner/meal.

Minimum rental time: two hours.

Please reserve for the entire length of time you need. For instance, you might reserve for three hours if you want to offer a two hour program. That will give you time for set up and clean up.

Renters are expected to set up the room, clean up the room and take all trash out. Any spills should be cleaned up. If the rest rooms have received a lot of use during the event, they should also be checked during the clean up process. There is a trash bin and a recycling bin behind the History Center. Trash bags are under the kitchen sink. We highly encourage that bottles and cans are recycled, and have recycling bins in the History Center that guests can use. For large events, an additional cleaning fee may be assessed of $50 - $150, depending on the type of event and number of people attending. 

For renters to serve alcohol, in any form, including wine and/or beer, at a public event, you must have a special event policy from your insurance company that names the Glen Ellyn Historical Society and the Village of Glen Ellyn as additional insured. We must have a copy of that insurance policy and/or appropriate licenses on file prior to your event. You are required to get any special event permits/licenses the Village of Glen Ellyn and the State of Illinois require, and to meet all additional requirements under the law, as well as having certified BASSET servers.

We have a small kitchenette that is available to renters at no additional charge. This includes a refrigerator, sink, garbage disposal, and microwave, as well as limited counter space.

No confetti or glitter is allowed, either in the History Center or on its grounds.

We are a styrofoam-free zone. Please do not bring any styrofoam cups or plates to use at your event.

We do have WiFi available. However, if your guests tap into the WiFi signal, it will reduce the bandwidth and may interfere with access to an online site/video/presenter.

There is a parking lot at the History Center. Additional parking is usually available behind Stacy's Tavern Museum. Evenings and weekends, there may also be parking by Forest Glen Elementary School, at the District 41 Administration Offices across the street, and on surrounding residential streets. The front entrance is wheelchair accessible and the back entrance has an indoor ramp into the room.

For more information, or to check on desired dates, contact or phone 630-469-1867 and ask for the director. Thanks for your interest!

We are currently accepting rental reservations. Please be advised that we can not offer support for hybrid meetings, integrating an in-person meeting with a Zoom program. If your group chooses to do that, you need to provide your own equipment and technical support.

If you choose to have a Zoom presenter broadcast to an in-person audience, that can be projected through our equipment to people in the room, but you would be responsible for handling any/all interaction between the in-person audience and the presenter. That is the only kind of Zoom hybrid program we are able to support at this time. Here is an article about hosting hybrid events: