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Grand Ballroom Joliet Union Station

Joliet , IL
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50 east jefferson st
Joliet, IL 60432 US (map)

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815-727-1200
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Congratulations on your engagement! We are pleased that you are considering our historic facility to celebrate your wedding. Our staff at The Grand Ballroom wants to ensure that your... Read more
Congratulations on your engagement! We are pleased that you are considering our historic facility to celebrate your wedding. Our staff at The Grand Ballroom wants to ensure that your dreams will come to life!

Joliet Union Station was built in 1912 and offers a timeless and elegant setting for your wedding. No matter your preferences, The Grand Ballroom staff is here to help you plan a wedding that is uniquely you. Our team will help you customize menu selections, decor items, and vendors that reflect your styles and tastes. Our menu has been designed in a way that allows you to create your own package and provides flexibility with each course.

At The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station we have developed a new standard of excellence and excitement - which extends to your wedding day! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
City, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
240
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s)
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.6/5.0
When we booked our reception here part of the reason was because we loved the coordinator so much. She loved what she did, was super helpful and friendly! Shortly after we booked, we found out she got fired (after 20 years) because they wanted to change up the vision of the venue and hire 'younger' people. Throughout our planning process we ended up working with 3 different coordinators who apparently never were never on the same level in terms of information given to couples. We had many conversations having to defendd things that we were told. The manager was not very pleasant to us, but even worse, was VERY rude to our DJ to the point of having our DJ call me up to tell me about their conversation. I had to play middle man to them so our DJ would stay with us (that's how disrespected he felt!). He said he would never work there again after our wedding. Our final coordinator wasn't around the day of the wedding. I received an angry call from her the morning after MY wedding at 9am asking us to get our misc. decorations out of there. My wedding planner coordinated us to leave some items that we could pick up the day after and didn't say they needed to be out at any specific time. I found it to be very rude to get yelled at the morning after my wedding.
Finally, the sound in the ballroom is AWFUL! Our guests could not hear the toasts or the music throughout the night because of the acoustics and how everything echoed. That is a HUGE deal for a reception. We thought it wouldn't be that bad, but do yourself a favor and book elsewhere. It's not worth the headache.
When we booked our reception here part of the reason was because we loved the coordinator so much. She loved what she did, Read more...
When we booked our reception here part of the reason was because we loved the coordinator so much. She loved what she did, was super helpful and friendly! Shortly after we booked, we found out she got fired (after 20 years) because they wanted to change up the vision of the venue and hire 'younger' people. Throughout our planning process we ended up working with 3 different coordinators who apparently never were never on the same level in terms of information given to couples. We had many conversations having to defendd things that we were told. The manager was not very pleasant to us, but even worse, was VERY rude to our DJ to the point of having our DJ call me up to tell me about their conversation. I had to play middle man to them so our DJ would stay with us (that's how disrespected he felt!). He said he would never work there again after our wedding. Our final coordinator wasn't around the day of the wedding. I received an angry call from her the morning after MY wedding at 9am asking us to get our misc. decorations out of there. My wedding planner coordinated us to leave some items that we could pick up the day after and didn't say they needed to be out at any specific time. I found it to be very rude to get yelled at the morning after my wedding.
Finally, the sound in the ballroom is AWFUL! Our guests could not hear the toasts or the music throughout the night because of the acoustics and how everything echoed. That is a HUGE deal for a reception. We thought it wouldn't be that bad, but do yourself a favor and book elsewhere. It's not worth the headache. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
1/31/2016
4.6/5.0
This ballroom is absolutely gorgeous! Our guests were blown away by the entire atmosphere. They were a catering company first so their food is absolutely delicious and filling. Our guests were raving about the good for days. It is not a working train station anymore (they go out of the other side) so you pretty much own the building for the night! They did a lot of great renovations( turned ticket office into cute bridal room and downstairs into a nice lounge area). A large reason we booked here was because of Lori, however she no longer works there. We were shuffled with different contacts, the 4 times we went before the wedding we dealt with 4 different people. They were organized and knew who were and all about our wedding (although our wedding was in January so it's a slow time). The only person who rubbed us the wrong way was the general manager Nick. He always offered us drinks, but he was just business. It's hard when your venue changes staff because you feel a connection with a certain person, especially when you start booking. I wouldn't have had our reception anywhere else though! This place is unique and beautiful; pictures here are stunning! Guests told me they felt like they were in New York for a charity ball. For around the same price as typical banquet halls/hotels, this is a steal.
This ballroom is absolutely gorgeous! Our guests were blown away by the entire atmosphere. They were a catering company Read more...
This ballroom is absolutely gorgeous! Our guests were blown away by the entire atmosphere. They were a catering company first so their food is absolutely delicious and filling. Our guests were raving about the good for days. It is not a working train station anymore (they go out of the other side) so you pretty much own the building for the night! They did a lot of great renovations( turned ticket office into cute bridal room and downstairs into a nice lounge area). A large reason we booked here was because of Lori, however she no longer works there. We were shuffled with different contacts, the 4 times we went before the wedding we dealt with 4 different people. They were organized and knew who were and all about our wedding (although our wedding was in January so it's a slow time). The only person who rubbed us the wrong way was the general manager Nick. He always offered us drinks, but he was just business. It's hard when your venue changes staff because you feel a connection with a certain person, especially when you start booking. I wouldn't have had our reception anywhere else though! This place is unique and beautiful; pictures here are stunning! Guests told me they felt like they were in New York for a charity ball. For around the same price as typical banquet halls/hotels, this is a steal. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
The Grand Ballroom and their staff is absolutely WONDERFUL! We had our wedding here and had so many compliments. It is a BEAUTIFUL building with so many neat features. The food was great and the open bar was a hit with our guests. Gina was wonderful to work with and made sure we had what we needed all night. All of my dreams came true with this venue...I absolutely recommend it!
The Grand Ballroom and their staff is absolutely WONDERFUL! We had our wedding here and had so many compliments. It is a Read more...
The Grand Ballroom and their staff is absolutely WONDERFUL! We had our wedding here and had so many compliments. It is a BEAUTIFUL building with so many neat features. The food was great and the open bar was a hit with our guests. Gina was wonderful to work with and made sure we had what we needed all night. All of my dreams came true with this venue...I absolutely recommend it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Grand Ballroom at the Joliet Union Station was absolutely beautiful. Our reception was everything we asked for and more. Lori was great to work with and incredibly helpful. Highly recommend it for your wedding!
The Grand Ballroom at the Joliet Union Station was absolutely beautiful. Our reception was everything we asked for and Read more...
The Grand Ballroom at the Joliet Union Station was absolutely beautiful. Our reception was everything we asked for and more. Lori was great to work with and incredibly helpful. Highly recommend it for your wedding! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
5/23/2014
5.0/5.0
My wedding was amazing! Lori and the rest of the crew at the Ballroom did outstanding. Lori was wonderful to work with and very thorough with our planning. She is easy to communicate with and reach any time I had a question. The pricing was very reasonable. My husband loved that the bar remained open during dinner. They were very attentive to the guests. The bar also had water lined up for people to get when they needed a break from dancing. Additionally, my father brought in a bottle of 21 year scotch and the bartenders did absolutely what he asked of him. In addition to excellent service this venue is gorgeous! I felt like a princess in the grand ballroom. I received several compliments on the beauty of this place as well as the food and service. We had the filet and apricot chicken. Both were amazing. Lastly, the balcony was a huge hit with our families. It has a beautiful view. As a bonus if you have your wedding the same night as a game at a Joliet Jackslammers game you might get fireworks!!! You will not be disappointed by the grand ballroom.
My wedding was amazing! Lori and the rest of the crew at the Ballroom did outstanding. Lori was wonderful to work with and Read more...
My wedding was amazing! Lori and the rest of the crew at the Ballroom did outstanding. Lori was wonderful to work with and very thorough with our planning. She is easy to communicate with and reach any time I had a question. The pricing was very reasonable. My husband loved that the bar remained open during dinner. They were very attentive to the guests. The bar also had water lined up for people to get when they needed a break from dancing. Additionally, my father brought in a bottle of 21 year scotch and the bartenders did absolutely what he asked of him. In addition to excellent service this venue is gorgeous! I felt like a princess in the grand ballroom. I received several compliments on the beauty of this place as well as the food and service. We had the filet and apricot chicken. Both were amazing. Lastly, the balcony was a huge hit with our families. It has a beautiful view. As a bonus if you have your wedding the same night as a game at a Joliet Jackslammers game you might get fireworks!!! You will not be disappointed by the grand ballroom. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The ballroom was everything we could have imagined and more!!! Our guests were amazed by the food and the space was perfect for our 180 guest count. Lori was awesome when it came to everything from the initial tour to visiting a week before the wedding to finalize everything. She took the time to make sure we had all our questions answered and was more than willing to go above and beyond to create our vision. I can not imagine having our wedding at any other venue. It was so unique and that was exactly what we were looking for! The building is so beautiful so it didn't need a lot of decorating which helps cut down costs. And open bar all night!!! You can't argue with that!! Thanks Lori and everyone at the ballroom!!!!
The ballroom was everything we could have imagined and more!!! Our guests were amazed by the food and the space was Read more...
The ballroom was everything we could have imagined and more!!! Our guests were amazed by the food and the space was perfect for our 180 guest count. Lori was awesome when it came to everything from the initial tour to visiting a week before the wedding to finalize everything. She took the time to make sure we had all our questions answered and was more than willing to go above and beyond to create our vision. I can not imagine having our wedding at any other venue. It was so unique and that was exactly what we were looking for! The building is so beautiful so it didn't need a lot of decorating which helps cut down costs. And open bar all night!!! You can't argue with that!! Thanks Lori and everyone at the ballroom!!!! Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
The Grand Ballroom was an amazing choice for our wedding and reception. Our coordinator, Lori, was an absolute godsend! She is knowledgeable, professional, personable, and very precise. She literally handled every detail with ease, I don't know what I would have done without her. She made the planning process as easy and stress free as possible. As a bride I had not one qualm in regards to the venue and staff. As soon as our ceremony was concluded we had a drink (much needed!) in our hands, and we were not without one all night, thanks to Lori! She kept everything moving smoothly, and we could never thank her enough for the excellent service she provided us on our special day. The additional staff at the Grand Ballroom was equally amazing. Each and every one was friendly, polite, and very attentive with our guests. The food was INCREDIBLE! We are still receiving compliments on it! More than one of our guests commented that "it was the best food that they had ever had at a wedding." To everyone at the Grand Ballroom, a very heartfelt THANK YOU for making our special day so truly perfect!
The Grand Ballroom was an amazing choice for our wedding and reception. Our coordinator, Lori, was an absolute godsend! Read more...
The Grand Ballroom was an amazing choice for our wedding and reception. Our coordinator, Lori, was an absolute godsend! She is knowledgeable, professional, personable, and very precise. She literally handled every detail with ease, I don't know what I would have done without her. She made the planning process as easy and stress free as possible. As a bride I had not one qualm in regards to the venue and staff. As soon as our ceremony was concluded we had a drink (much needed!) in our hands, and we were not without one all night, thanks to Lori! She kept everything moving smoothly, and we could never thank her enough for the excellent service she provided us on our special day. The additional staff at the Grand Ballroom was equally amazing. Each and every one was friendly, polite, and very attentive with our guests. The food was INCREDIBLE! We are still receiving compliments on it! More than one of our guests commented that "it was the best food that they had ever had at a wedding." To everyone at the Grand Ballroom, a very heartfelt THANK YOU for making our special day so truly perfect! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Great Venue...beautiful and unique. So many people complimented us on the venue and it made for some great photos too! I saved tons of money on flowers because the place is so beautiful, it hardly needs any decorations!

Lori is amazing. She helped me plan a lot, gave me names of various vendors and made sure the whole process ran smoothly. She definitely knows what she is doing!

Only downfall is the sound. We used the DJ Lori recommended and the sound was still pretty difficult. It was hard to hear the speeches since there is little in the venue to absorb the white noise. To me, that was a minor problem, so it wasn't a big deal.
Great Venue...beautiful and unique. So many people complimented us on the venue and it made for some great photos too! I Read more...
Great Venue...beautiful and unique. So many people complimented us on the venue and it made for some great photos too! I saved tons of money on flowers because the place is so beautiful, it hardly needs any decorations!

Lori is amazing. She helped me plan a lot, gave me names of various vendors and made sure the whole process ran smoothly. She definitely knows what she is doing!

Only downfall is the sound. We used the DJ Lori recommended and the sound was still pretty difficult. It was hard to hear the speeches since there is little in the venue to absorb the white noise. To me, that was a minor problem, so it wasn't a big deal. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
4/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We loved everything about this venue. We had the ceremony and reception here and loved how everything turned out. The venue is beautiful and looked AMAZING in our photos. Lori was absolutely wonderful to work with, very professional and flexible with our needs for the big day! Food portions were delicious and big... you definitely get your monies worth and No one will go home hungry! :) We are very happy with how everything turned out for the big day!
We loved everything about this venue. We had the ceremony and reception here and loved how everything turned out. The Read more...
We loved everything about this venue. We had the ceremony and reception here and loved how everything turned out. The venue is beautiful and looked AMAZING in our photos. Lori was absolutely wonderful to work with, very professional and flexible with our needs for the big day! Food portions were delicious and big... you definitely get your monies worth and No one will go home hungry! :) We are very happy with how everything turned out for the big day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.2/5.0
We only had our reception here. The one person I worked with for the time leading up to our reception, Lori, seemed nice at first and seemed helpful. Then the month before our event she started showing her colors. Second guessing my other vendors, trash talking one of them, telling me I should rethink my DJ the day before our reception, it was insanely unprofessional and rude. I had my DJ on a schedule that I picked for the evening and she tried to make me do the evening her way, talking to me like a child. My mom caught her giving nasty looks at my wedding cake. Anyway, I'm obviously bitter, but all of that being said, the rest of the staff were absolutely wonderful and accomidating. The waitstaff was nice and well mannered and very helpful with the breakdown and cleanup of our decorations, even going as far as getting us boxes to help transport the breakable items safely. The venue itself is very beautiful! Couldn't be happier with the venue and the waitstaff. All my guests were wowed. I wouldn't suggest it for a wedding ceremony because its still a working train station so there are trains and people going in and out of the station. The ballroom itself is closed off to keep the public and your guests separate though. But its pretty loud and because of the high ceilings its very echoey. The price wasn't that bad, and the food was good. The baked chicken is the BEST! During our reception Lori was back to being nice and accomidating and courteous, so the evening went off without a problem.
We only had our reception here. The one person I worked with for the time leading up to our reception, Lori, seemed nice Read more...
We only had our reception here. The one person I worked with for the time leading up to our reception, Lori, seemed nice at first and seemed helpful. Then the month before our event she started showing her colors. Second guessing my other vendors, trash talking one of them, telling me I should rethink my DJ the day before our reception, it was insanely unprofessional and rude. I had my DJ on a schedule that I picked for the evening and she tried to make me do the evening her way, talking to me like a child. My mom caught her giving nasty looks at my wedding cake. Anyway, I'm obviously bitter, but all of that being said, the rest of the staff were absolutely wonderful and accomidating. The waitstaff was nice and well mannered and very helpful with the breakdown and cleanup of our decorations, even going as far as getting us boxes to help transport the breakable items safely. The venue itself is very beautiful! Couldn't be happier with the venue and the waitstaff. All my guests were wowed. I wouldn't suggest it for a wedding ceremony because its still a working train station so there are trains and people going in and out of the station. The ballroom itself is closed off to keep the public and your guests separate though. But its pretty loud and because of the high ceilings its very echoey. The price wasn't that bad, and the food was good. The baked chicken is the BEST! During our reception Lori was back to being nice and accomidating and courteous, so the evening went off without a problem. Read less
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