Onesti Entertainment shows 'fun' options
An interview with Dania Millette, events manager at Onesti Entertainment.
Q: Tell us a little bit about the business.
A: We are a unique entertainment company with numerous venues located throughout Chicagoland: The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Evanston Rocks in Evanston, Onesti's Wild West Town in Union, Onesti's 210 Live in Highwood and the Des Plaines Theatre (coming soon). We specialize in providing guests with gourmet food and beverages accompanied with live entertainment.
Q: Explain the history.
A: Ron and Rich Onesti have been making people smile for more than 35 years. From hosting neighborhood festivals to producing world-class concerts, they are experts in the hospitality and entertainment industry.
Q: What do you offer when it comes to corporate meetings?
A: We can host corporate gatherings for any sized group, and we offer a wide range of activities -- great food, live entertainment and unique one-of-a-kind meeting space sets us above most other venues.
Q: Describe the atmosphere.
A: Our clients often comment that our spaces are fun! Hosting a meeting, dinner or celebration in a 900-seat theater, a 25-acre amusement park, or a 1920s speak-easy really sets us apart from other venues.
Q: What are people in your industry talking about?
A: Fun, fresh foods will always be a trend hosts are looking for, as well as original recipe cocktails. Above all else, though, event planners are looking for a unique setting for their function.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I have been in the hospitality industry for 17 years. I have planned a variety of events from personal events like birthday parties, weddings and bar mitzvahs to large custom corporate events. I have worked in the trade-show industry designing and setting up trade-show booths and presentations. I have produced a fashion shows, planned fundraisers for nonprofits, and orchestrated events and competitions for educational institutions.
Q: Tell us one interesting fact about the business that most people may not know.
A: We do the impossible. We create personally branded outside-of-the-box events that entice every sense and leave you with a lasting memory.
Q: What is a unique event you have planned?
A: A company rented out our 25-acre family amusement park. We planned a private "Backyard BBQ" for 1,000 people. Guests were treated to rides in the amusement park, gold panning, private outdoor concerts on two stages, an outdoor BBQ and bar, and a host of other family-friendly events.
Onesti Entertainment105 E. Main St. St. Charles, IL 60175 (with other locations throughout Chicagoland)Owner: Ron Onesti
Number of employees: 50
When business opened: 1984
Web address: oshows.com