C.J. Arthur’s to Close End of September

After serving the North Shore for more than 20 years, a Wilmette business will be closing its doors.

, one of Wilmette’s few live music spots will be closing its doors at the end of the month after serving the North Shore for 23 years. 

“They are leaving at the end of September, their last day will be Sept. 29,” said Martha Koch, property manager for the building at 1168 Wilmette Ave., where C.J. Arthur’s is currently located. 

Since opening in 1983, Cindy, Jason and Art, co-owners of the bar, have been offering the community live music on a regular basis, according to C.J. Arthur’s website. The bar calls itself “Wilmette’s only nightlife!” 

Patch was unable to reach the co-owners for comment. 

Koch says they have not found a new tenant for the space but will be advertising for a restaurant.

“It’s set up for a restaurant, plus, Wilmette needs another restaurant,” Koch said.

Are you sad that C.J. Arthur’s will be soon closing? Do you think another restaurant should go in the space? If so, what type of restaurant? 

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butterflylover September 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I cannot believe the horrible things that people have to say about total strangers! Get a life!
George September 28, 2012 at 01:56 AM
CJ Arthurs was more than just a restaurant. It was a place to meet friends and make friends. The theme song from Cheers comes to mind when I think of CJ's. They will be missed................................
TONI BRAVERMAN September 28, 2012 at 03:38 AM
A.E.S October 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I grew up in Wilmette, and CJ Arthur's was always our go-to for breakfast or lunch after softball games, soccer practice or sleepovers. It was a family place where you'd always run into friends from school or neighbors. It was also one of the places my friends and I were allowed to go on our own, and we felt so grown up dining there by ourselves as kids. It was so easy to walk there after school from Central or bike there from our East Wilmette homes. It's a memorable part of my childhood, and though the quality and service certainly went down in recent years, I'm terribly sad to see a longstanding Wilmette business close. I'm disappointed with this article, as it doesn't provide any valuable information and it doesn't seem the reporter has any background knowledge of the restaurant. I would never classify it as a "bar" or live music venue rather than a family restaurant, and the line "It’s set up for a restaurant, plus, Wilmette needs another restaurant" implies it wasn't a restaurant at all. It also seems like a low-blow to include a quote about how the community needs a new restaurant in an article about a restaurant closing. And no quotes or information from the actual restaurant owners? No insight into why it closed after 23 years? You don't even include the co-owners last name, which is Reporting 101. As a journalist and a Wilmette native, I can firmly say this is poor reporting and it's extremely disappointing.
Barry February 06, 2013 at 01:48 AM
This place was a treasure to the community. It was the only place that was truly alive each night, with all the live music they shared. This family was a real blessing to this community and all who live here. It was the best.


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