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Our Story

Creating memories for over two decades...

Part of the vibrance of Big Chill can be found in its history! From the 50's-70's, the building was known as the Cavalaris Village. At this time, the building consisted of a bowling alley, a pool hall, and Charlotte's first roller skating rink; which is where the venue sits today. In preserving the spirit and history of this time period, we continue to maintain all original hardwood floors from those roller skating rink days!

Fast forward 20 years to the life of a Charlotte travel agent. After traveling  around the states and experiencing the nightlife and culture of each city, she realized Charlotte was missing something. A sophisticated place to dress up, indulge in fine-dining and cocktails, and dance the night away to live music. In that moment, she had a vision and a dream for the growing city of Charlotte and she got to work!

In 1999 we moved in and originated as Charlotte's first and largest Motown/Rhythm and Blues/Classic Jazz dinner club, hosting celebrity acts ranging from The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Najee, Lavay Smith, Noel Freidline, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Glenn Miller Orchestra to John Legend.

Every night our guests’ fine dining experience was coupled with live music, making our venue an energetic, unique asset to the city of Charlotte. Over time, the spaciousness and charm of the venue led to a high demand for private events, transitioning the Big Chill into the Special Events Venue we are today. This transition still allows us to do exactly what we love and do best: create good times and great memories to last a lifetime!

Musicians playing cello and piano
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