308 South Harrison Street, Manito, Illinois 61546
The Forman Center

Small Town Recreation Center To Host Your Events!

Frequently Asked Questions


The renter is responsible to put away the tables and chairs as well as disposal of garbage. If you would like, we will take care of that for you after your event for an additional fee, as follows:

          Cafeteria:     $50

          Gym:               $75

Note:  All event types require a security, or damage deposit.  If there are no issues, the deposit will be returned after inspection of the Center.  If you cancel your event we will refund your rental payment, but not the deposit. Rates are based on the total time you expect to be in the Center.  This includes set-up and clean-up time.  If you pay the daily rate for the rental of the gym you may have until 10:00am the following day to clean up.  There may be rare circumstances where this will not be possible due to scheduling conflicts.

2.  What supplies are furnished?
Unfortunately equipment is hard to keep in a public building where there is no full-time supervisor. There are two closets for brooms, mops, toilet paper, garbage bags, and paper towels. The closets are located by the restrooms in the gym. Any kitchen supplies - towels, wash cloths, soap, pans, table service, coolers, etc, must be provided by the renter.

Both the cafeteria and gymnasium have built-in sound systems that can be used with any microphone, laptop, mp3 player or other sound equipment.

3.  How many chairs and tables do you have?
The Center features a gymnasium with bleachers and a concession area with refrigerator.  We have enough seating room for 350, including 44 round tables (33 hard plastic and 11 wood) that are 5' in diameter and seat 8 each, 15 rectangular tables that are 8' long and 8 rectangular tables that are 6' long, and about 320 folding metal chairs. The gymnasium has a built-in sound system that can be used with any microphone, laptop, mp3 player or other sound equipment.

We also feature a cafeteria, complete with a food preparation area, refrigerator with freezer and two stove/ovens.  Our tables and chairs must never be taken from the center.

4.  Is smoking allowed?
The Forman Center is a smoke-free building. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building.

5.  Can alcoholic beverages be served at our event?
As of September 1, 2018, all matters regarding the sales and service of alcoholic beverages at the Forman Center are to be handled by the Forman Park District. We will be happy to provide a cash bar for your event, and will handle all licensing, product ordering and bar service. If you have any special requests, please notify us.

In order to offer alcohol at your event, the Park District must be notified no less than 30 days prior to the date of your event.

NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED, whether it is intended to be sold or offered to your guests for free.

  • For more details on renting the Center, please see our Terms of Use