Welcome to Arlington Heights
One of the largest communities on the northern edge of Chicago’s Metropolitan Area, Arlington Heights has both modern appeal and rich heritage. Originally settled in 1836 and incorporated in 1887, Arlington Heights has grown and adapted throughout the centuries and today is home to a variety of posh coffeehouses, shopping districts, and a surplus of mature trees. With historic, half-timbered downtown buildings and quiet residential streets, Arlington Heights has a little bit of everything to offer.
What to Love
- Upscale shopping and dining
- Strong sense of local history
- World-class entertainment at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
- Lively arts and cultural center
- Race day at Arlington International Racecourse
People & Lifestyle
This modern, pristine community attracts a wide range of residents. Arlington Heights is popular with retirees migrating out of the city in favor of the pleasant, quiet lifestyle found in the suburbs, while young professionals and new families enjoy being only 25 miles from the heart of Chicago, whether traveling into the city for work or play. With a mix of multi-family and single-family dwellings, Arlington Heights suits a multitude of lifestyles.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Arlington Heights is home to a vivid collection of vibrant eateries with bold flavors. At Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
, relax with a glass of Chardonnay in an upscale dining room where global cuisines are paired with domestic and international wines for a one-of-a-kind evening. With a team of master sommeliers, a Napa-style tasting room, and an acclaimed executive chef, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant takes wine tasting and fine dining to the next level. Walker Bros. Original Pancake House
is a long-standing local establishment serving up—of course— pancakes. Breakfast is the Walker Bros.’ specialty, and their menu is stuffed with oven-baked omelets, decadent Belgian waffles, and both sweet and savory pancakes. For your morning cup of coffee or an evening cocktail, head to Coco & Blu Cafe
. In addition to their handcrafted espresso drinks and signature cocktails, Coco & Blu serves an array of bakery items suitable for a French patisserie. Casual to-go trattoria Tuscan Market & Wine Shop
is Arlington Heights’ go-to destination for Italian foods and wines. With an Italian-American delicatessen that offers take-home food and a wide selection of pantry and grocery items inspired by the Tuscan hillsides and vineyards, you’ll have all the ingredients you need to create—or bring home—a delicious, Italian meal.
Things to Do
Since 1927, the Arlington International Racecourse
at Arlington Park has been home to thoroughbred racing. The six-story grandstand and luxurious event spaces make the racecourse a charming wedding destination, a savvy gathering spot for you and your friends, and, of course, the perfect place to place bets on races. The Arlington Lake Golf Club
is situated on 90 acres of grassland where the aptly-named, challenging course incorporates water aspects on nine of its holes. If you prefer a more rugged escape into nature, take a trip to the nearby Ned Brown Preserve
, a 3,700-acre preserved woodland area that has a myriad of hiking and biking trails to explore as well as some of the area’s finest fishing locations. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
is a large theatre that has showcased some of the best global talent. With performers in music genres ranging from country to rock and roll to engaging musicals, the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is one of Arlington Heights’ proudest assets.
Arlington Heights is home to several prestigious and well-regarded schools that both challenge and encourage students with ambitious curricula. A few of Arlington Heights’ most notable academic institutions include:
- Ivy Hill Elementary School, K-5
- Thomas Middle School, 6-8
- John Hersey High School, 9-12
- St. Viator High School, 9-12