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Detroit Meeting Planner's Guide


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  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is a distinct venue for events.

  • Meetings spaces are plentiful in the reimagined Cobo Center.

  • Comerica Park is the perfect venue for special events.

  • The Detroit Institute of Arts offers an elegant atmosphere for private gatherings.

  • The Fillmore Detroit is an intimate venue for events and concerts.

  • Ford Field is home to the Detroit Lions and many special events.

  • The Fox Theatre is Detroit's crown jewel for events.

Exploring Downtown Detroit

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Downtown Detroit is an international crossing that mixes things historic and legendary with elements modern and contemporary. A thriving walkable international riverfront includes water fountains, butterfly gardens, a working carousel and a delicious French bistro. Architecture from Albert Kahn and Isamu Noguchi lives next to all-night joints selling loaded Coney dogs and Prohibition-born speakeasies pouring local-crafted beer. Three Vegas-style casinos run 24/7. Must-see museums celebrate art, music, maritime and African-American history. Urban parks and friendly neighborhoods abound. Classic theaters, a bustling cultural district and hip hangouts entertain and three sports stadiums rock.

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Meeting Facilities

Cobo Center is currently undergoing a $300 million expansion and renovation which will increase the Center’s exhibition capacity to 725,000 square feet of prime exhibit space.

Fox Theatre, a Detroit historic jewel, can service up to 800 guests for sit-down dinners in its ornate lobby, 1,500 guests for strolling receptions, and also offers a 4,800-seat theater.

In addition to Lions football, Ford Field hosts banquets, corporate meetings and special events with 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Renaissance Conference Center — The 20,000 square foot executive conference center is located in the GM Renaissance Center, designed for corporate meetings, seminars/training and business functions for up to 2,500 guests.

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Attractions with Meeting/Event Facilities

  • Detroit Institute of Arts — Artful spaces for meetings, receptions, and dinners plus a stunning 1,200-seat theater.
  • Detroit Historical Museum — Receptions and dinners can be booked in several areas of the museum including the popular Streets of Detroit exhibit.
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History — Plan a special meeting or event in the world's largest museum of African American history. The facility offers a 317-seat state-of-the-art theater, two large banquet-style galleries, a majestic rotunda and more.
  • Fillmore Theatre — A historic venue since 1925, you can book the entire 2,100 seat theater. Also offered is 2,900 square feet of space for meetings, receptions or dinner events.

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Hotels with Meeting Space*

Downtown Detroit offers a wide selection of lodging options, from luxury and mid-priced properties close to Cobo Center and the city’s business and entertainment districts.

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*Defined as 100 or more guest rooms and a minimum of 4,000 square feet of meeting space.

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Fast Fact

Metro Detroit is home of the auto barons. Historic homes include Fair Lane (Henry and Clara Ford); Fisher Mansion (Lawrence Fisher), Ford House (Edsel & Eleanor Ford); and Meadow Brook Hall (Matilda Dodge Wilson).