Weddings

The Woman's Club of Evanston

Evanston, IL View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
   63 reviews
$4k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

About

$4k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

The Woman’s Club of Evanston is the historic event venue located in the heart of downtown Evanston, Illinois. Built in 1912, the club has a rich history of social activism and charitable giving that lives on today. The Clubhouse maintains an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance and gracious hospitality that will impress your family and guests. You can feel good hosting your event and celebrating your love story with an organization that has been an active part of the Evanston community for over 130 years. Together we can make lifelong memories and build the future!

Facilities and Capacity
Couples may host up to 250 guests for both cereomies and seated dinner at The Woman’s Club of Evanston. There are two indoor levels with many areas available to accommodate all aspects of your event. The classic architecture features a marble entrance hall, antique furniture, and a double staircase that leads to the Grand Ballroom. There is plenty of room for dinner and dancing with customizable layouts and flexible vendors! The Tea Room and Sun Porch is another wonderful area full of sparkling chandeliers that is great for cocktails, music and hors d'Oeuvres.

Services Offered
The Woman’s Club of Evanston offers the following event services and items:

  • Private bridal party areas
  • Recently renovated gender neutral washrooms
  • In-house tables, chairs, and equipment for up to 250
  • Included dinnerware and flatware for up to 250
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 2 Grand Pianos
  • Formal stage
  • Accessible Public Parking across the street
  • Elevator, & ADA accessibility
  • Walk-able distance to Lake Michigan, gardens, and hotels
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$5000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Set Up
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
December

63 Reviews

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    Can't think of a single complaint

    The Women's Club of Evanston is a gorgeous venue for a wedding, with a first-floor space for cocktails and a second-floor ballroom for ceremonies and reception dinners, all with a kind of understated-elegant decor which would work for a huge range of wedding styles. The venue manager, Gretchen, was delightful and patient and remarkably willing to accommodate last-minute changes of plan necessitated by the changing COVID situation. I couldn't think of a complaint about either the venue or its staff if I tried.
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    Ak Married on 09/11/2021
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    Absolutely incredible--made for a PERFECT day

    My husband and I are Northwestern alumni, and we knew we wanted to be back in the area for our wedding. My now husband had to find a venue alone because I wasn't able to be in the area, and the Woman's Club has been absolutely perfect in working with me virtually and helping my husband organize. They were always quick to respond by email, answered every question we had, and have been the kindest, most understanding people we have had the pleasure of working with.

    Wedding planning has been stressful for us (and for businesses!) due to COVID. We had to make a ton of last minute changes, including having the ceremony at the Woman's Club, due to policy changes at our prior site. It was no problem at all--literally no fuss. For the rehearsal, they had set up the room so we can preview what it would be like for the ceremony, INCLUDING the piano for our musician to use as we practiced walking down the aisle. They also provided chairs/tables, and a microphone and lectern for the ceremony too.

    We also couldn't be bothered with grand decorations, because we were so tired of planning a wedding for the second time (first attempt in 2020 derailed by COVID), but the best part is you don't need them. The Woman's Club is beautiful. There's a wonderful garden just outside for photos (not to mention the front door), a beautiful 1st and 2nd floor sun room, and the ballroom is perfect with plenty of space for larger weddings and a dance floor.

    They also have a great list of vendors who they have worked with closely. We had the husband's parents on standby for coordinating because we didn't have a wedding coordinator--but you don't need one. Our caterer who knows the Club very well had everything on lockdown, and it makes clean up a breeze.

    I really can't say nice enough things. It was so easy to work with the Woman's Club, and I would encourage everyone to have both the ceremony and reception there. It will simplify your life, and also be absolutely beautiful. So many thanks and warm feelings to the Woman's Club for making our day perfect!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner

Team

Gretchen Oehlschlager
Gretchen Oehlschlager
Venue Manager

An experienced events & marketing professional, Gretchen is responsive, friendly, and here to help with your questions. She loves arriving to work each day at the spectacular Woman's Club of Evanston, the historical venue that gives back to our community.

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Fred Fox Studios Fred Fox Studios Wedding Photographers

We absolutely love working here. It is beautiful and the staff is always great to work with. We can't say enough good things about this place.

Pen and Petals Pen and Petals Wedding Florists

As a wedding professional, I've thoroughly enjoyed providing floral services at the Woman's Club of Evanston on numerous occasions. The building is bright, classic, and a beautiful place to have a wedding. I enthusiastically endorse the Woman's Club of Evanston.

Swedish Bakery Swedish Bakery Wedding Cakes

We have provided cakes for countless weddings at WCE and they are a pleasure to work with. They make the whole set up process a breeze and do a lovely job for all of their events. A+!

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Map

1702 Chicago Ave Evanston, IL, 60201
847-475-3800
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The Woman's Club of Evanston frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Woman's Club of Evanston?

The Woman's Club of Evanston includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Set Up
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of The Woman's Club of Evanston in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Woman's Club of Evanston for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Woman's Club of Evanston for wedding events?

The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does The Woman's Club of Evanston offer?

The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Woman's Club of Evanston offer for wedding events?

The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Woman's Club of Evanston have available for wedding events?

The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Woman's Club of Evanston and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Woman's Club of Evanston is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in value and 4.7 in flexibility.

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