Any Event

OUR STORY

Located on the campus of Saint Mary’s College and adjacent to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana right off of I-80 I-90 offers convenience for you and your guests. Built in 2008, The Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center was designed to create memories for any occasion. Hosting weddings and conferences for over a decade our various spaces were built as a versatile location to cater to any and all events. Named after Mother Angela Gillespie, foundress of many works at the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Gillespie Conference and Special Events Center has a deep and rich history that is reflected in our tenured staff.  Our hospitable team offers event coordination, planning, and catering for a complete event experience. Attached to the Hilton Garden Inn and adjacent to the Inn at Saint Mary’s the Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center is designed for any event and dedicated to your event.

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Any Event

OUR STORY

Located on the campus of Saint Mary’s College and adjacent to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana right off of I-80 I-90 offers convenience for you and your guests. Built in 2008, The Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center was designed to create memories for any occasion. Hosting weddings and conferences for over a decade our various spaces were built as a versatile location to cater to any and all events. Named after Mother Angela Gillespie, foundress of many works at the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Gillespie Conference and Special Events Center has a deep and rich history that is reflected in our tenured staff.  Our hospitable team offers event coordination, planning, and catering for a complete event experience. Attached to the Hilton Garden Inn and adjacent to the Inn at Saint Mary’s the Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center is designed for any event and dedicated to your event.

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Gourmet

FOOD & SPIRITS

From hors d’oeuvres, to entrees, to desserts and drinks, we prepare everything to your wishes. Our impeccable service and artful presentation will satisfy beyond expectations.

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Gourmet

FOOD & SPIRITS

From hors d’oeuvres, to entrees, to desserts and drinks, we prepare everything to your wishes. Our impeccable service and artful presentation will satisfy beyond expectations.

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Luxury Hotels

ACCOMMODATIONS

Attending a multi-day event at the Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center? Enjoy the convenience of staying at any one of three local, well-appointed hotels we can offer to our event guests.

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Luxury Hotels

ACCOMMODATIONS

Attending a multi-day event at the Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center? Enjoy the convenience of staying at any one of three local, well-appointed hotels we can offer to our event guests.

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Client Testimonials

“The Gillespie Center was the perfect vendor for our daughter’s wedding! With help from Noor, LeAnn, and their staff, the day was incredible! They helped with every step of the reception planning, and did everything that needed to be done for setup and tear-down on the wedding day. The food was spectacular! To have the hotel accommodations available to our guests in the same building was very nice. We were extremely pleased with the Gillespie Center and would recommend them to anyone planning an event.”

JOANNE C.

“We experienced the most outstanding service from the staff again this year. They continually outdo themselves. I am so glad we will be having our future Safety Expos here. Great job staff!!”

MARV G.

“We celebrated our daughter’s wedding here. Noor and Bobby and Chef Josh created an environment that was welcoming, beautiful and fun. They were careful and safe, flexible and responsive to our many different special requests. The food was delicious, the space was wonderful – including the patio, and the bartenders and waitstaff couldn’t be more helpful and accommodating. It all exceeded our expectations in every way – just a wonderful day and evening.”

JAMES L.

“My daughter had her wedding reception here recently. Best place to have a wedding! Nice, professional, and super competent people. They did a wonderful job and thought of things we hadn’t even considered. Everyone worked tirelessly. Most people came back to work for the breakfast we held the morning after. They couldn’t have had much sleep, yet they were personable and provided great service! Noor, Leeann, and all the coordinating staff ( so sorry I don’t know all your names) did a great job coordinating with all the vendors. I felt EVERYONE that worked here had a personal interest in making sure our wedding was perfect. Thank you.”

L. M.

“My husband and I had our reception at the Gillespie Center and I can’t tell you how absolutely perfect and amazing it was to have it here. From working with Noor, to catering to the front desk staff, this is the place to hold all of your wedding needs! We had so many compliments after our big day about how great the space was! Noor was incredibly helpful, generous and willing to work with us during a global pandemic and was MORE than accommodating. I didn’t have to worry about a thing on my wedding day and it turned out so incredibly beautiful. I can’t thank the Gillespie center enough for the most perfect day that we had. If you are debating on where to have your reception, this is the place to have it!”

MEREDITH M.

“What an amazing job they did!!! Everything was perfect. We had worked with two coordinators there, Noor and LeAnn, and they both were so helpful! From setting up all the table decorations the night before to making sure everything was in the right spot at the right time, they truly did such amazing work. The venue was beautifully decorated. The service was great. The food was delicious. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. It was absolutely perfect! We are so happy with our decision to have our wedding reception here. 100% would recommend.”

MELISSA D.

“What an amazing job they did!!! Everything was perfect. We had worked with two coordinators there, Noor and LeAnn, and they both were so helpful! From setting up all the table decorations the night before to making sure everything was in the right spot at the right time, they truly did such amazing work. The venue was beautifully decorated. The service was great. The food was delicious. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. It was absolutely perfect! We are so happy with our decision to have our wedding reception here. 100% would recommend.”

MELISSA D.

“Very nice venue for the large birthday party we attended. Excellent food and service. There was a wedding reception going on simultaneously in the adjacent hall. No problem! Plenty of parking for all.”

GARY K.

“The food, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and desserts were all exceptional. Noor was an excellent event planner and provided courteous, prompt service. Monte, our bartender also did an excellent job. All of the wait staff were efficient and did an outstanding job. I’ll be doing other events there in the future.”

RICHARD N.

“The Gillespie Center was the perfect vendor for our daughter’s wedding! With help from Noor, LeAnn, and their staff, the day was incredible! They helped with every step of the reception planning, and did everything that needed to be done for setup and tear-down on the wedding day. The food was spectacular! To have the hotel accommodations available to our guests in the same building was very nice. We were extremely pleased with the Gillespie Center and would recommend them to anyone planning an event.”

JOANNE C.

“We experienced the most outstanding service from the staff again this year. They continually outdo themselves. I am so glad we will be having our future Safety Expos here. Great job staff!!”

MARV G.

“We celebrated our daughter’s wedding here. Noor and Bobby and Chef Josh created an environment that was welcoming, beautiful and fun. They were careful and safe, flexible and responsive to our many different special requests. The food was delicious, the space was wonderful – including the patio, and the bartenders and waitstaff couldn’t be more helpful and accommodating. It all exceeded our expectations in every way – just a wonderful day and evening.”

JAMES L.

“My daughter had her wedding reception here recently. Best place to have a wedding! Nice, professional, and super competent people. They did a wonderful job and thought of things we hadn’t even considered. Everyone worked tirelessly. Most people came back to work for the breakfast we held the morning after. They couldn’t have had much sleep, yet they were personable and provided great service! Noor, Leeann, and all the coordinating staff ( so sorry I don’t know all your names) did a great job coordinating with all the vendors. I felt EVERYONE that worked here had a personal interest in making sure our wedding was perfect. Thank you.”

L. M.

“My husband and I had our reception at the Gillespie Center and I can’t tell you how absolutely perfect and amazing it was to have it here. From working with Noor, to catering to the front desk staff, this is the place to hold all of your wedding needs! We had so many compliments after our big day about how great the space was! Noor was incredibly helpful, generous and willing to work with us during a global pandemic and was MORE than accommodating. I didn’t have to worry about a thing on my wedding day and it turned out so incredibly beautiful. I can’t thank the Gillespie center enough for the most perfect day that we had. If you are debating on where to have your reception, this is the place to have it!”

MEREDITH M.

“What an amazing job they did!!! Everything was perfect. We had worked with two coordinators there, Noor and LeAnn, and they both were so helpful! From setting up all the table decorations the night before to making sure everything was in the right spot at the right time, they truly did such amazing work. The venue was beautifully decorated. The service was great. The food was delicious. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. It was absolutely perfect! We are so happy with our decision to have our wedding reception here. 100% would recommend.”

MELISSA D.

“What an amazing job they did!!! Everything was perfect. We had worked with two coordinators there, Noor and LeAnn, and they both were so helpful! From setting up all the table decorations the night before to making sure everything was in the right spot at the right time, they truly did such amazing work. The venue was beautifully decorated. The service was great. The food was delicious. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. It was absolutely perfect! We are so happy with our decision to have our wedding reception here. 100% would recommend.”

MELISSA D.

“Very nice venue for the large birthday party we attended. Excellent food and service. There was a wedding reception going on simultaneously in the adjacent hall. No problem! Plenty of parking for all.”

GARY K.

“The food, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and desserts were all exceptional. Noor was an excellent event planner and provided courteous, prompt service. Monte, our bartender also did an excellent job. All of the wait staff were efficient and did an outstanding job. I’ll be doing other events there in the future.”

RICHARD N.