10 Reasons Why We Love Arlington Heights

Home to countless restaurants with outdoor patios, a quaint and walkable downtown, seemingly endless parks, summer events, and a world-renowned racetrack, it’s easy to see how someone could fall in love with Arlington Heights. We know we did.

We fell hard and because of that, @properties is thrilled to make Arlington Heights one of our newest homes. Here’s why:

Let’s talk about celebrations

When it comes to holidays in Arlington Heights, it’s go big or go home.

From the highly-attended Memorial Day Parade (this year is its 99th!) to the nearly-famous Frontier Days festival around the Fourth of July, Arlington Heights knows how to throw a party.

A local favorite? At holiday time, residents can’t miss the annual tree lighting ceremony that goes well beyond the traditional evergreen to include a number of display pieces created by local AH Park District craftsmen and entertainment from local performance troupes.

Four Legged Friends Can Hang

Strolling along the streets of downtown Arlington Heights, it doesn’t take long before spotting a four-legged friend. Locals love bringing their pups out and about.

While technically in Mount Prospect, the relatively new Canine Commons dog park was a much-anticipated joint venture with Arlington Heights. With 3 different enclosures for various sized dogs on 1.82 acres of lush outdoor space, pups can frolic and play while their owners socialize.

Bentley’s Pet Stuff (formerly known as the Corner Barkery), a favorite pet hot spot, believes in three things: pets, people, and the planet we share. The people of Arlington Heights do as well.

Food, Glorious Food

Trust us when we say you’ll want to eat your way through Arlington Heights. Take a trip to Ireland at Peggy Kinnane’s, swing by Spain for tapas and sangria on that patio at La Tasca, and indulge in fine Italian dining at Carlos & Carlos or traditional homemade pizza at Armand’s. Celebrate #TacoTuesday at Salsa17, Mago, or Javier’s or get your Asian-fusion fix at altThai or Shakou.

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You’ll feel like you took a trip around the world without having ever left the ‘burbs.

The best part? Most restaurants offer seasonal outdoor seating where diners can enjoy the local summer concert series. Which brings us to…

Doing Stuff “In The Park”

Art in the Park, Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park, a Walk in the Park (no, really!), Arlington Heights is really good at providing its residents with outdoor fun. The Summer Concert series that takes place in Harmony Park is a big favorite, with residents scattering lawnchairs and blankets across the grass as early in the day as possible for an evening concert. The concert usually has inevitable spillage onto the street, leaving part of Vail Ave blocked off for what feels like a twice-weekly block party.

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If concerts don’t tickle your fancy, a family-friendly movie might. Of course where else but in Arlington Heights would a movie in the park be complete without a picnic dinner beforehand and bounce house and lawn games for the whole family?

The culture doesn’t stop there, Arlington Heights’ yearly art walk showcases the finest local artistry, music, ice cream, food, and fun.

The thing we love the most about all of these events? They’re totally and completely FREE.

An Impressive Performance Scene

In the heart of downtown Arlington Heights lies the Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Giving a stage to shows like Into the Woods and Avenue Q, as well as welcoming artist like The Bacon Brothers, Joan Baez, and Koko Taylor, it’s no surprise this local theater is visited by over 50,000 patrons each year. With hundreds of performances each year there is certainly something for everyone!

Looking for something a little more intimate and cozy? Swing by the Big Shot Piano Lounge. However, don’t let “intimate” confuse you; this place is swinging on a Friday night as patrons request upbeat songs like Katy Perry’s Firework and The Killers’ Mr. Brightside. Trust us, it’s a blast.

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Of Course, The Race Track

Arlington Heights is pretty famous for its racetrack — after all, it’s been a part of the city since the 1830s. In 1985, a fire burned down the Arlington International Racecourse grandstand which led to the unveiling of the current grandstand a few years later in 1989. Remember Secretariat? He raced here just three weeks after winning the Triple Crown.

Home of the Arlington Million, the world’s first million-dollar thoroughbred race, many locals from Arlington Heights and the surrounding area flock to enjoy some summer fun at the track including many city dwellers who find their way out to the park via the Metra.

Of course, the track is more than just a horse race, offering a slew of dining options, a shop for all your fascinator needs, and serves as a special event venue. Your Arlington experience is what you make it.

There’s No Place Like Home

Of course, we wouldn’t be a real estate brokerage without talking about the homes. Arlington Heights hosts diversified living, with a place for everyone.

Whether you’re renting a high rise apartment, looking for a historic home with character, or seeking a move-in ready new construction, Arlington Heights offers all of the above within walking distance to its downtown hub. Talk about big city feel with small-town charm.

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It’s Kinda Famous

John Hersey High School can be seen on Thomas Street in Arlington Heights. The high school can also be seen in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Once Upon a Time actress Jennifer Morrison grew up here. Ray Croc of McDonald’s fame lived here. Ted Nugent, Walter Payton, and American Idol winner Lee DeWyze all have ties to Arlington Heights.

The Library Is A Big Deal

The 5-star Arlington Heights Memorial Library has one of the largest collections in the state. And not just that, the award-winning library recently added the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award to its accolades. The library was recognized for this prestigious award by the American Library Association for it’s “One Book, One Village” campaign.

Of course, the library is also the center of the Arlington Heights community, hosting events like a yearly evening art show for its district schools, and an annual job fair for local teens, a monthly storytelling series, summer and winter reading programs, and various engaging events for local families.

Your Favorite Brokerage, @properties

If you thought we’d leave ourselves off this list, you were wrong. We’re so delighted to be making our move to Arlington Heights and can’t wait to jump into everything this incredible community has to offer. Check out our new office in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights at 31 S. Evergreen! We can’t wait to meet all of our new neighbors.

Written by @properties
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