Excitement mounts as Club Arcada in St. Charles prepares to reopen

After being closed for more than a year because of the pandemic, the Club Arcada in St. Charles plans to reopen its doors May 7.

The Club Arcada, located in the Arcada Theatre building in downtown St. Charles, will be open for live entertainment and dinner. Vinny and Vin A. of The Bronx Wanderers will perform May 9 as part of a three-night stand at the Club Arcada. The first two shows are sold out.

More information is available by going to the Club Arcada website, clubarcada.com.

Club Arcada is a nod to the building’s past. It originally was on the first floor of the Arcada Theatre building when it opened in December 1934. The club featured cocktails, fine dining and live music.

When the 900-seat Arcada Theatre will reopen has not been announced. A rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has pushed back the state’s plans to further loosen restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Two new restaurants – Rock ‘N Za and Rock ‘N Ravioli – are set to open in the Arcada Theatre building as part of a major renovation project that includes new eateries, hotel suites and additional bathrooms.

The expansion project began to take shape last year after Frontier Development purchased the Arcada building in 2019. Onesti Entertainment leases space in the building for the Arcada Theatre and Club Arcada.

The historic building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, first opened its doors in 1926 and attracted performers such as George Burns and Gracie Allen.

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.