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Price range: $5,000 - $8,500 Price range: $4,000 - $7,500
Couples usually spend $7,500 Couples usually spend $6,500
Reception
$6,000 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
These prices are available for the months of May through November. These prices are available for the months of December through April.

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About

On WeddingWire since 2007

The Woman’s Club of Evanston is unique historic event venue located in the heart of downtown Evanston, Illinois. Established in 1889, the Club has a rich history of social activism and charitable giving that continues today. The Clubhouse, desgined by Ernest Mayo and built in 1912, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An extensive renovation was completed in 2020 and this grand dame is looking her best. The new furnishings, fabrics and wall paper exude a smart, sophisticated elegance captured in the grand architechural details of this historic building.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples may host up to 250 guests for both a ceremony and seated dinner at The Woman’s Club of Evanston. There are two floors with generously sized rooms to accommodate all aspects of your event. The classic architecture features a marble entrance hall and double staircase leading to the Grand Ballroom. Imagine dancing under the beautiful ballroom ceiling with its arches and bas relief. The first floor encompasses the intimate Tea Room with its cozy fireplace, bright Sun Porch and spacious Music Room. These areas are perfect for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

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

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

6,000

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

$5,000

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

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

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
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
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
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Reviews of The Woman's Club of Evanston

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
73 Reviews
97% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.8/5 73 reviews
Google
4.7/5 107 reviews
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Jake B. Sent on 10/13/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We LOVED the Woman's Club!

My wife and I just had our wedding at The Woman's Club, and we could not have been happier with our decision. The venue is absolutely beautiful, perfectly maintained with historic charm & character. We were able to host both our ceremony and reception in the upstairs ballroom, and the downstairs was used for our cocktail hour while the ballroom was changed over. This was very convenient and worked wonderfully for us and our guests. Gretchen, the venue manager, was so incredibly kind, helpful, and accommodating...it was truly a pleasure working with her. She also connected us with a caterer from their approved list, J&L Catering, who knew the room very well and did an amazing job on all fronts. We would recommend The Woman's Club to anyone looking to plan a wedding or throw an event. It is a very special place.
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Molly W. Sent on 03/20/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding venue!

We held my daughter’s wedding reception at Woman’s Club of Evanston this past Saturday and it was truly amazing! When we first started exploring venues, we were immediately impressed with how lovely the WCE space was and knew that it would be the ideal venue. However, we also realized how important the management would be in the nearly year-long planning process. WCE did not disappoint in any way! From booking through the reception, Gretchen and her staff were super organized, professional, timely and kind! Gretchen makes you feel like you are the only client she is working with! Her warm and friendly personality is so calming amidst all the details of the wedding planning process. The venue itself has recently been renovated with modern touches, but in keeping with its classic charm. Our planner and florist really enjoyed working in the space and incorporating the venue’s charming details and décor into their floral/décor plans for the cocktail area and ballroom. Another key selling point is the WCE location – walking distance to hotels, restaurants and all that downtown Evanston has to offer. Our out-of-town guests were so glad that they could easily walk back to their hotels at the end of the night! All in all, WCE is a winner – I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. Thank you Gretchen and WCE for making our daughter’s wedding reception a most memorable evening!
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Karen K. Sent on 10/19/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Venue

My daughter and her now husband had their wedding last Saturday night. The Woman’s Club was the first and only venue we looked at. From the moment we stepped in we knew it was the perfect for us. Gretchen the manager was so helpful through the whole process, she was never too busy to answer any questions we had and helped with recommendations and even ideas for our event. The venue is beautiful and has a classic charm. My guests were so impressed with how beautiful it was. We had a cocktail reception on the first floor and reception on the second. Being able to use the entire club is a bonus. Centrally located in downtown Evanston my guests were able to choose from a few different hotels and it’s a quick Uber in to the city for other guests that stayed downtown. Highly recommend.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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+!

Preferred Vendors

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4.9 out of 5 rating , 133 Reviews
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5.0 out of 5 rating , 40 Reviews
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Froggy's Catering
4.9 out of 5 rating , 50 Reviews
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J and L Catering
4.9 out of 5 rating , 40 Reviews
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Catering by Michaels
5.0 out of 5 rating , 134 Reviews
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Food For Thought
4.8 out of 5 rating , 159 Reviews
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The Woman's Club of Evanston frequently asked questions

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
The space offered by The Woman's Club of Evanston for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
The Woman's Club of Evanston offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
The Woman's Club of Evanston is recommended by 97% 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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