Arlington Heights is a city in northeastern Chicagoland. A 2003 Census put the population at 76,031, the largest for a village in the United States. Arlington Heights is known for the Arlington Park Race Track as well as a large Japanese community, third in the state behind neighboring Schaumburg and Chicago proper. Some notable people have come from the Village as well, including Walter Payton, Ted Nugent, and Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald's).
Arlington Heights is served by two stations on Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line: Arlington Heights and Arlington Park. In addition, Interstate 90 runs east-west through southern Arlington Heights allowing access to Elgin, O'Hare Airport, and Chicago, while 290/53 runs north-south providing easy access to Schaumburg, Wheaton, and Elmhurst.
Like most of the suburbs, driving is the easiest way to get around. However, PACE Bus routes 606, 616, 690, and 696 provide access to different areas of the village as well as Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Mt. Prospect, Itasca, and the CTA Blue Line Stop in Rosemont.
Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., . One of the premier horse-racing tracks in the Midwest, Arlington Park has been in operation since 1929. It's the home of the Arlington Million, a Breeders' Club qualifying bet. Nowadays the Park seems to attract a mixture of regular bettors, day-trippers, and beginners, with a special betting window for beginners plus a tutorial on its website.edit
Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St., . One block from the Arlington Heights Metra stop, this 350-seat theater is part of a larger village development called the Metropolis. Besides the theater you'll find a club called The Boiler Room, shops, and apartments.edit
Janus Theater, . Affiliated with the Arlington Heights Park District, this venue stages summer outdoor productions throughout the northwest suburbs.edit
Karaoke, 224 E. Golf Rd. At the Korean-owned Ding Dong Dang, karaoke the Asian way with your own personal booth. Don't worry about other patrons hearing your sad attempt at Bohemian Rhapsody, just your friends. Surprisingly cheap, although if you order any of the Korean food or alcohol the tab will start to add up.edit
Mitsuwa Marketplace, . This enormous Japanese mall is the center of the Japanese community in the northwest suburbs. There's a large Japanese supermarket, bakery, food court, liquor store, bookstore, video rental store, and even real estate agency.edit
Sushi Station, . One of the few locations in Chicagoland, this unique sushi restaurant is in the mechanical tradition of a 回転寿司 (rotating sushi) restaurant straight from Tokyo. It's technically in next-door Rolling Meadows.edit
Peggy Kinnane's Irish Restaurant and Pub, 8 N. Vail Ave., . With live music Friday and Saturday evenings, a prime downtown location, and a loyal clientele, Peggy Kinnane's is a step above other Chicagoland Irish pubs.edit
CoCo Key Resort in Arlington Heights has shut down indefinitely
CoCo Key Resort, 3400 W. Euclid Ave., . The CoCo Key Resort is a hotel with a large water park adjacent to it. The park has a wave pool, whirlpool, sun deck, and water slides, not to mention an arcade, snack bar, restaurant, and bar. If you stay at the hotel water park admission is included in the cost of your room.edit
Harry's Bar and Grill, 1 North Vail, ☎ 847-577-2525, . Right across the street from Peggy Kinnane's is Harry's Pub and Grill. Another fun bar in downtown Arlington Heights with the occasional live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. In the warmer months there is an outdoor beer garden.edit
Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South, 100 West Algonquin Road, ☎ 847-437-3344, . The new state-of-the-art lobby at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. The exciting new features at our Arlington Heights hotel include inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax in, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news and weather via our GoBoard. edit
Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/North, 3700 North Wilke Road, ☎ 847-394-9999, . Thoughtfully appointed, our Arlington Heights NEW guest rooms give you the perfect place to work, relax and recharge. Each room features all new beds with plush 12-inch mattresses, stylish décor, and free Wi-Fi. The lobby at Courtyard Arlington Heights/North has been completely transformed, featuring inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax in, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard®.edit
Elgin, to the west, is a large city along the Fox River and a buffer town between Chicagoland and Northern Illinois. There's a casino downtown, a large park with museums, and beautiful Victorian homes.
Schaumburg, Arlington Height's sister village to the south, has the humongous Woodfield Mall, which for whatever reason is the most visited tourist attraction in Illinois.