Developers Transform Chicago-Area Ballroom into Senior Living Amenity Space

Horizon Realty Group, a family-owned and operated property management company in Chicago, is giving a $1.2 million facelift to a ballroom located within its greater $17 million converted hotel senior living community in Evanston, Ill.
In June, Horizon opened its doors to “The Merion,” a luxury senior living rental community that was formerly the North Shore Hotel in Evanston. While the first phase of the $17 million project has been completed, Horizon is in the process of a top-to-bottom renovation of the building’s ballroom.
Renamed “The Crystal Ballroom, the $1.2 million allocated to its transformation includes a kitchen upgrade to provide a 3,500-square-foot event space that aims to combine vintage charm with modern cooking facilities and audiovisual systems.
The remodeling project will preserve the building’s classic architectural elements, including the original crown molding, intricate plaster designs in the ceiling, restore crystal chandeliers as well as archways framing the doors and mirrors.
Capacity of the ballroom provides space for 220 people for a sit-down event and 350 for a cocktail reception, and is available for weddings, parties, among other celebrations.
Also included in the remodeling are two 10′ high-definiion LCD projectors, which will enable the event space to host movie nights, “big game” screenings and corporate conferences.
The makeover also included the addition of an adjacent lounge with a baby grand piano, seating for 40 and two flat-screen TVs.