Ron Onesti is an entertainment industry powerhouse recognized as an innovative leader across the country. As the President and CEO of the iconic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, he has brought a Vaudville-era playhouse into the twenty-first century as the number one live music venue in the Midwest.
He is the Executive Chef/Owner of: Ron Onesti’s Club 210 of Highwood, Club Arcada Speakeasy and Restaurant, Bourbon ‘N Brass Speakeasy, Rock ‘N Za Pizza Experience, Be Bop A Lula’s Rockabilly Café & Saloon, Wild West Town Family Amusement Park, Rock ‘N Ravioli Italian Restaurant, and the new Des Plaines Theatre.
Ron is also the founder and Producer of three Italian Culinary festivals-Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino, Taylor Street Little Italy Fest, and Little Italy Fest-West in Addison.
He is an accomplished writer with over two hundred articles published and currently has a Friday column in the Daily Herald entitled, “Backstage with The Arcada’s Ron Onesti”. Ron is a regular host on WTTW Channel 11, and is a regular guest on countless radio and television programs.
Ron Onesti is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including Italy’s equivalent to being Knighted in Great Britain, Cavaliere Ufficiale. He was a producer of a PBS special that garnered three Emmy Awards and has been presented with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of just a few civilian medal recognized by the United States Congress. In June of 2020, Ron was named the President of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame – just the second in the organization’s 43 year history.
He was born on Taylor Street in May of 1962. His father, Alberto Onesti, was a tailor while his mother Gabriella worked as a seamstress. His parents were proud, working-class, first generation Italian-Americans; his grandparents had come to America and settled in Little Italy, Chicago in 1911. He is the oldest of three siblings, his sister Victoria and his brother Richard. Rich is Vice President of Onesti Entertainment. Ron is a graduate of Weber High School in Chicago and attended DePaul University majoring in Marketing.