Circa ’57 1950s Theme Restaurant Opens Today in Arlington Heights: Here’s the Top Songs, October 1957


Wake up little Susie by the Everly Brothers was a Billboard Best Seller in its fourth week playing on October 14, 1957 and was #2 in the Billboard Top 100.

Circa ’57, a highly anticipated restaurant at the southwest corner of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street opened today, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 101 W. Campbell Street. The restaurant has ambient features in different sections. The room to the west is reminiscent of the interior of a classic 50’s-built home or bungalow house — complete with aluminum siding and shingle roof at the exterior of the “entrance” and a kitchen, fireplace, console stereo and more on the inside. for example, will offer specialties from mom’s home cooking and dad’s backyard grill. Food to match the ambience will include a menu of Mom’s home cooking and Dad’s backyard grill.

Soda Fountain counter with cool blue glass block under the counter (See more photos).

There’s also a classic diner and soda fountain area. In the corner, center location of the former Grand Station restaurant, is the soda fountain — complete with glowing glass block under the counter and the chrome accents of a 50’s style soda fountain establishment. To the south of the Soda Fountain is a diner with dark, rich hardwood floors. Another section, to be completed at a later date, will feature an automotive/drive-in scene complete with a 1957 Chevrolet and other cars from the era.

Staff and beta testers have been seen at the restaurant the past few weeks, and the dark hardwood floor was just finished about mid-September.

The opening of Circa ’57 adds to one of the top highlights of Arlington Heights — an appealing downtown group of restaurants that offer great eating experiences and great smells, especially along Vail Avenue and Campbell Street.

For more information about Circa ’57, call 847-392-1957 or visit Circa ’57’s Facebook page.


Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley from the movie Jailhouse Rock was #7 on the Billboard Best Seller list, and #6 on the Billboard Top 100 list in its seventh week playing on October 21, 1957.


Chances Are by Johnny Mathis was #1 on the Billboard Disc Jockey Chart in its first week playing on October 21, 1957.


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