About the Union
The Illini Union Mission
The Illini Union draws together all members of the University of Illinois community.
It is the shared possession of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests.
While each of these groups is important, it is the students who are at the heart of
what the Illini Union is all about.
Every student is welcome here and every student has an equal share.
By providing the opportunity for each student to come into contact with
others, we promote an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of
the University of Illinois and of the world at large. We fulfill this
mission through our numerous programs and services.
Students who create programs and activities on behalf of the Illini Union
Board complement their education with experience in group process, ethics,
leadership, volunteerism and social responsibility. Students who attend
these programs and participate in these activities also enrich their
education with the learning, growth, and entertainment such events offer.
Our services and business operations meet the educational, social and
recreational needs of the university community. As needs change, so too
must the services. And if we are to truly attain our potential, we must
develop our own staff just as we nurture the university as a whole.
By encouraging personal and intellectual growth, by supporting divergent
thought and free expression, by celebrating the individual, and by
providing an environment that fosters integrity and respect, the Illini
Union exists as more than a building. It is, as stated by the University
President A.C. Willard in 1941 at the Illini Union's dedication,
"a symbol of the democratic spirit of the University of Illinois."
The Illini Union is located on the north end of the quad at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. Right at the heart of campus, the Illini Union serves as a community
center for students, alumni, faculty, staff and guests.
- Courtyard Café
– comedians, musicians and films featured nightly along with lunch-time
- Illini Union Bookstore – official
bookstore of the U of I, with the largest
selection of textbooks for every class. (Located on the corner of Wright and
- Illini Union Hotel – charming
colonial style rooms with all of the modern conveniences needed for a comfortable
- Meeting Rooms – rooms
available for conferences or one-time meetings
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