Illinois Fairgrounds Coliseum

Name the Coliseum Contest

The Contest is Now Closed

The deadline for all entries was December 14, 2018. We appreciate all those who participated. We will be announcing the winner on January 9, 2019. Please check back at this time for the announcement of the winner.

Why the New Name?

Built in 1901, the Coliseum has been one of the premier showpieces of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. It was recently declared ‘unusable’ because of structural deficiencies. The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation jumped into action, soliciting donations to restore the facility. Numerous donations, along with a $1 Million contribution from Governor and Mrs. Rauner, have now enabled the Coliseum to be fully restored and reopened in time for the 2019 Illinois State Fair! Part of this reopening also incorporates a brand new name for the Coliseum and we want your help in determining what the new name will be!

Entries Accepted:
November 5 – December 14, 2018

Winner will be Announced on January 9, 2019!

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Current student members of an Illinois 4-H, FFA or Junior Horsemen’s Council chapter

Prize Details:

  • Guest of Honor at the Grand Re-Opening of the Coliseum Event

  • Silver Platter of Recognition

  • Illinois State Fair Mega-Pass

Contest Rules:

  • Only 1 entry per participant

  • Child must permanently reside in Illinois and be a current member of one of the following: Illinois 4-H; FFA; or Junior Horsemen’s Council

  • Entries must be received no later than 5pm on December 14, 2018

  • All entries must be submitted via the entry form on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation website (

  • Winning entry will require a signed parental consent for student's name and picture to be used for award announcement purposes

Inside Coliseum
Horses inside Coliseum
Outside Coliseum
Showroom inside Coliseum