Arlington Heights is the 12th largest municipality in Illinois and the largest community in the northwest suburban corridor of Chicago. The Village provides many attractions such as the Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Theatres, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, and the Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace. Developments, shopping, and recreational areas have made Arlington Heights an attractive place for shoppers, homebuyers, and visitors.
Arlington Heights is located 25 miles north of the Loop in downtown Chicago. The bordering areas are Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove and Palatine.
Arlington Heights hosted the Breeder’s Cup Classic in 2002. Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, attended John Hersey High School. Ray Kroc, a legendary businessman involved in McDonald’s success, was a long-time resident.
Arlington Heights was founded by Asa Dunton, a Yankee stonecutter, in the mid 1800s. Dunton Street is the village’s base line, splitting the addresses east and west, with Campbell Street splitting north and south. Beginning in the late 1830’s, eastern homesteaders and German immigrants moved into the area but it wasn’t until 1854, the first railroad came to Arlington Heights, which connected Arlington Heights to the city of Chicago.
In the 1850’s many German farmers arrived, including John Klehm, who was the first potato farmer, supplying the Chicago market. He began a nursery for pear trees, apple, cherries, ample, elm, and flowers. By the end of the decade the area became noted for its truck farms, sending dairy products and vegetables’ to Chicago on the railroad.
Arlington Heights has about 78,000 residents living in the community which most live in single-family homes. The streets are landscaped with lots of public parks and recreational areas. Arlington Heights is filled with several restaurants bars, shopping and developments which keeps the community up with the times.
The average home price is about $289,000 and the median rental price is about $824. Arlington Heights home owners fill about 71% of the community whereas rental units occupy about 25%.
Arlintgon Heights provides daily rail service from Harvard, IL to Chicago is the Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line. Arlington Heights has two stations, Arlington Heights and Arlington Park. Running along the south and western edges, is Interstate 90 and Illinois 53, which provide easy access to O’Hare International Airport, the suburbs, and Chicago.
Murphy’s of Arlington Heights, 1609 West Campbell, (847) 670-5500, is filled with fun and excitement. Open till 1 am on the weekdays and 2am on the weekends, Murphy’s of Arlington Heights has a variety of live bands, food, 3 big screen TV’s, trivia machine, internet jukebox at the bar, darts, golf, and bowling arcade….so you can never get bored!
Big Shot Restaurant & Piano Lounge, 2 South Vail Avenue, (847) 670-6890, very comfortable atmosphere and great martini’s. Showcases live talent every night with audience interaction such as requesting new tunes and singing along to the old tunes.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 West Campbell Street, (847) 577-2121, located in downtown Arlington Heights. The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre includes live dance, theatre, music, and education. There is a 350 seat theatre, that includes a ballroom for classes in music and theatre.
The Arlington Theaters, 53 S. Evergreen Avenue (847) 483-0123,great food, great shows, and drinks at a reasonable price. There is plenty of parking nearby and restaurants within walking distance. The Arlington Theaters contain 6 movie theatre auditoriums within the building. See what's playing now!
Mr. Allison’s Restaurant, 1711 E. Central Rd., (847) 228-5870, started in 1971 this family-run American contemporary homestyle breakfast and lunch place serves huge helpings and leaves a memory with their friendly staff. Best brunch place in town. Serves pancakes, French toast, ham, homemade chili and apple pie and the atmosphere is very relaxing with 1950s posters on the walls. You will never leave here hungry and the best part about it is you can get all of this for under 7 dollars!
Mitsuwa Marketplace, 100 E. Algonquin Rd., (847) 956-6699, is a full service grocery store, food court and flea market. With Japanese and Chinese beers, liquors, travel agency, shops and clothing stores. You can find tempura, sushi, California rolls, and full Japanese dinners to go.
Dondi’s Pizza, 1041 Arlington Heights Rd. (847) 439-5250, this is a pick-up or delivery pizza place that is by far the best pizza in town. People drive from all over to pick up this pizza or even their beef sandwiches. They have great family made pies here too. The service is always just as good as the quality of food.
Promenade of Art Arlington Heights, is a popular fine arts and crafts festival that showcases a collection of upscale boutiques, eateries, and residential buildings. There are nearly 25,000 attendees and 150 juried artists. 121 W Campbell, Arlington Heights, IL, 60005.
Arlington Heights Park District is a public park and recreation agency is a public park and recreation agency providing several programs and activities to get the community involved. Some of the programs include: aquatics, dance, exercise and fitness, sports, lessons, and festivals.
Arlington Heights Racetrack is a world-class racing, historic track that offers something for everyone. From exciting racetrack action to elegant dining and even fun activated in the park. It is the home of the Arlington Million, which was the first thoroughbred race to offer a purse of $1,000,000 and a part of the Breeder’s Cup Challenge series. See more at Arlington Park Information.