Book Your Wedding with The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge in Evanston
A BALLROOM IN EVANSTON, IL
The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge in Evanston, Illinois, is one of the most elegant and sought-after venues for ceremonies and receptions in the Chicago metropolitan area. Recently restored, the building has maintained the core elements of its original 1920s opulence and glamour.
The Crystal Ballroom. The room offers a flexible floor plan that allows you to create just the setting you’ve envisioned for your ceremony or reception. The Crystal Ballroom is tastefully lit with striking chandeliers and wall sconces. It can accommodate up to 220 guests seated banquet-style, and up to 200 guests with a dance floor.
The Crystal Lounge. Adjacent to The Crystal Ballroom is a sophisticated cocktail space. With rich hardwood floors and a dark wood bar, this space is perfect for cocktail hours and smaller receptions. The Lounge also makes an ideal spot for guests to take a quiet break from the entertainment and dancing.
What You Should Know
When choosing the Crystal Ballroom & Lounge for your wedding, you will have the opportunity to work with an Executive Chef for your catering needs. The food team at the Crystal Ballroom & Lounge is renowned for their culinary creativity and presentation skills. Several menu packages are available for couples to choose from.
Menu packages include a champagne toast for your guests, butler passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-course plated dinner. Beverage services provides wine service with dinner and an open bar package.
Couples may use outside caterers for ethnic and religious purposes. Vendor fees will be applied when choosing an outside caterer.
A list of preferred vendors will be supplied as suggestions for additional services that include decorators, musicians and florists. Couples may use other vendors but those professionals must provide any necessary licenses and insurance in order to be approved.
Rental of the Crystal Ballroom & Lounge includes amenities that are not commonly found in other venues. Some examples are:
- Baby grand piano for cocktail or dinner music
- State-of-the-art audio visual system
- Drop-down screens and projectors
- Specialized dressing rooms for the bride and groom
From the Vendor
Timeless elegance… Lifelong memories.
The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge — a perfect backdrop for a perfect event. Let us bring your vision to life! Located in the heart of vibrant downtown Evanston, The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge delivers the perfect venue for any special celebration. Let our newly restored event space take you beyond your wildest dreams. From our timeless décor to our sophisticated culinary approach, no detail is overlooked.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Transportation
We absolutely loved working with the staff at The Crystal Ballroom. They were attentive to our vision for our reception and very responsive to any last minute requests or questions the week of the wedding. As an out of town couple that was very important. Our guests stayed at the Hyatt House down the street and great location between these two created the best experience for our wedding guests.
We had our wedding reception at the Crystal Ballroom on October 1, 2016. It was beautiful, well run and all came together perfectly. While we did have a little bump in the road with staff changing in the final months before our wedding day, in the end, we couldn't have dreamed up a more perfect night. Most of our planning in the year prior to our wedding was done through Matthew, who is no longer with the ballroom. In finding out that he had left, I will admit there was intense fear, panic, and even anger. It was an unfortunate and difficult situation, which may not have been communicated about in the best manner. However, from our very first interaction with Liz, the new ballroom manager, we were put at ease with her professionalism, confidence and knowledge of the event industry-including having been involved with many events at the Crystal Ballroom prior to working there. She was calm in discussing all of our panicked concerns. It became known to us quickly, that our event was a priority; including making sure the transition meant no detail was missed. The staff at Crystal is incredible. From the staff running the bar, the servers and the chef, everyone ensures the night is of 5 star quality. The food choices are wonderful. It was important to us to not have typical "wedding" food, and we were very pleased with what was offered to us. After having our tasting, it came up multiple times how we were most excited 1) about being married and 2) to eat the food at our reception! The Ballroom itself is beautiful, we often talked about how it didn't matter what decor we brought in because it was breathtaking on its own. The neutral tones and mirrors allow for a variety of color palettes to be brought in and highlighted to truly match any taste. One of my favorite moments was when Liz gave us a sneak peak of the room before all the guests entered. To have 3 minutes of "calm" with my new husband and see how flawlessly the room had come together was amazing and unforgettable. I would highly recommend the Crystal Ballroom to anyone getting married. It is beautiful and there is nothing even close to comparable on the North Side of Chicago. It is because of the Crystal Ballroom that we could have our dream wedding reception!
We had my daughter, Emily's, wedding at The Crystal Ballroom last weekend and it could not have been a more beautiful wedding or better experience. Liz, the contact at The Crystal is incredibly organized and has remarkable attention for details. She was always accessible and we always felt that we were a priority We looked at many venues and The Crystal was the most beautiful room we had seen. It's not massive and was just the right size for our event. I love the fact that only one wedding can happen at a time. At some big hotels there are multiple events at once making it feel a bit like a wedding factory. Here you really feel special. It does not look or feel at all like a cookie cutter banquet hall. There are two terrific suites for the bride and groom to get ready. Full kitchen, bath and plenty of room for getting dressed. The food is really amazing. We served salmon which is so difficult to get right at a catered event. The pastry chef is unbelievable. She made additional desserts that we served along with the wedding cake. We cannot say enough good things about The Crystal Ballroom. So many guests said it was the best wedding they had ever attended.
We were married this past summer at Evanston Crystal Ballroom. We had the marriage planned out years in advance and secured our date early - but to be honest it was tough communicating at first with ECB because they had switched event coordinators and this had not been communicated to us. However, once we started working with Liz, things got much easier. She was helpful, pleasant, and forthright. The venue itself is incredible - they offer two suites for the bride and the groom the day of which was super helpful. The bridal suite is especially nice, with a rooftop as an amenity to hang out and take pictures. The alcohol selections were great, and reasonably priced. The food was excellent - scallops and mushroom gnocchi are great dishes. The cake company (Baking Institute) they work with leaves some room for desire, but that is not the fault of the venue. The ballroom itself is gorgeous, and the staging room - the library - was a favorite. The flow of the day was smooth, and we had to do zero cleaning. They flipped the room from the ceremony to the reception in under an hour, and we appreciate the help and support with holding our belongings until the day after the wedding. Overall, we are glad we were married at ECB and would recommend to couples.
Liz and the entire Crystal Ballroom staff were absolutely wonderful to work with. I truly enjoyed their attention to detail, responsiveness to e-mails, and ability to make us feel like we were family. The night of the wedding was perfect from start to finish - Liz personally brought us appetizers and cocktails to welcome us when we first arrived after a long photo session. We received so many compliments on the food, service, and surroundings. Thank you thank you thank you!
5 STARS! We just had our wedding at this beautiful venue over Labor Day weekend. It was perfect in every way. The entire team at the Crystal Ballroom was wonderful. Liz and Linda helped us plan our event and the entire staff put it together. Even though we got a bit off the original time schedule, the guests never knew because the staff worked seamlessly to adjust and keep all the elements in place. Thank you Crystal Ballroom for giving us the best day of our lives!!
We had our wedding reception at the Crystal Ballroom in April! When we saw the Crystal Ballroom on our tour we immediately fell in love. It is a gorgeous room and the staff is so accommodating. We knew it was the perfect place for our wedding! The food and service is impeccable! We had a great time at our tasting session and received many compliments about the food from our guests :) And Liz is just perfection! She is so easy to work with and thinks of every single detail. She went above and beyond for us and I couldn't be more thankful for all her help. Thank you for everything, Liz!
As beautiful as this venue is, I highly recommend NOT choosing this as your event space. As a Bride, the planning with the Crystal Ballroom event staff became an unorganized nightmare. Please see details below. -We signed the event agreement: October 2015 -Wedding date: September 24, 2016 -Our event coordinator resigned at the end of July 2016 and the Crystal Ballroom failed to inform my husband and I until September 6, 2016...2 weeks before the wedding -Our emails throughout part of July, August and beginning of September went completely unanswered which included inquiries regarding payment, decor and logistics questions, etc -The new hire contacted us via email on September 6 (she informed us that she had zero experience working with weddings) -The venue misplaced all of our wedding plans and details which resulted in a last minute meeting on September 8th to re-plan our wedding vision. At the end of this meeting, the new hire, Liz, informed us that she was taking a vacation day on the day of our wedding and the FOOD and BEVERAGE manager would now be overseeing our wedding....day-of coordination, decoration set-up, ceremony, room flip, cocktail hour, reception and eod procedures. (After bringing me to tears the new hire cancelled her vacation to be at the wedding) -The rehearsal was unorganized and seemed as if there was noone leading it -An hour before the ceremony, I, the Bride was humiliated as I had to beg Liz to set up the ceremony décor as originally planned. -The head table was missing 2 chairs and place settings -The Maid of Honor was never served a salad -The guests with celiac disease had to request gf bread -The pastry chef had no idea that 16 cakes were being delivered that morning -During the wedding reception, the coordinators approached the Bride and Groom at the head table asking questions regarding how to cut the cake and who to serve it to -The event coordinator left the venue with the keys that unlocked the closet where the DJ's equipment was stored, causing him to have to return the next day. -The event staff used our personal decoration boxes as garbage cans. We had to empty food chunks, beer bottles and garbage out of our personal belongings. This is an overview of the stress we had to deal with in the 2 weeks leading up to our special day. I would not wish this on any Bride and hope this review provides some insight as to what we went through with this venue. What a shame... as mentioned before, this venue is beautiful.
Meet The Director of Sales
Liz has over a decade of professional experience managing special events worldwide, and is a Certified Meetings Professional. After many years planning special events for Rotary International, she is pleased to have joined The Crystal Ballroom’s team. Liz’s unique experience working with clients, vendors, entertainers, and chefs allows her to seamlessly synchronize all of the details that go into planning extraordinary events. Her goals are to ensure that every guest’s experience at The Crystal Ballroom and Lounge is incomparable and create memories that last a lifetime.