Moving to Arlington Heights, IL

Arlington Heights, Illinois, is a suburb of Chicago with an estimated population of 76,000. It is located about 25 miles northwest of downtown, partly in Cook County and partly in Lake County. As an established village, the community prides itself on providing residents and visitors with small-town charm and big-city conveniences. The resident profile is primarily professional, with almost 90 percent of the workforce employed in white collar jobs. 

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Arlington Heights History

The history of this village dates back to the mid 1800s when a New Yorker named William Dunton established a town called Dunton, a stop on the Illinois & Wisconsin Railroad. Early settlers were mainly farmers, many of them immigrants. The settlement was christened “Arlington Heights” in 1887, with a population of about 1,000. 

Arlington Heights Weather

Arlington Heights has a humid continental climate with warm summers. Monthly temperature averages range from 82°F in July to 28°F in January. Average monthly lows range from 13°F in January to 63°F in July. The comfort index (a function of temperature and humidity) is slightly above average for the U.S. Average annual precipitation is about 38 inches. 

Arlington Heights Transportation

For suburban transit, PACE provides bus service in Arlington Heights and throughout 3500 square miles of the Chicago area. The village is also served by a commuter railroad, the Metra  Union Pacific/Northwest Line.  O’Hare International Airport is about a 25 minute drive. 

Cost of Living in Arlington Heights

What does it cost to live in Arlington Heights? In 2013, the estimated median household income was $79,940. Cost indices show living in the village is more expensive than for most places in the U.S. The biggest cost factor, housing, is well above the national average. From groceries to utilities to transportation, expect to pay a premium for living expenses.  

Arlington Heights Schools

A recent search shows there are 61 public, charter, and private schools in the Arlington Heights area (preschool, elementary, middle and high school).  Arlington Heights School District 25 is responsible for seven (K-5) schools and two middle (6-8) schools. John Hersey High School serves an enrollment of about 2,000 students. There are also three private high schools, including St. Viator, a Catholic high and college preparatory school.

Arlington Heights Hospitals

You’ll find several options for health care in Arlington Heights. The closest hospital (489 beds), Northwest Community Healthcare, is located in the village. You’ll also find world class medical centers in Chicago, such as Loyola University Medical Center, renowned for cardiac care (about 35 minutes away), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (less than an hour’s drive). 

Arlington Heights Real Estate

Arlington Heights has a reputation as a family-friendly place to live, with a low crime rate and a highly educated resident population. Realtor.com shows a recent median sales price for homes in Arlington Heights as $278K, substantially more than the U.S. average.  Among 17 neighborhoods that make up the village, you find higher priced homes in Virginia Terrace and Pinegate, with more affordable homes found in Meadows of Arlington and Catino Estates. 

Arlington Heights Hotels

You have plenty of choices for lodging in Arlington Heights, with properties that cater to travelers on business or pleasure. You have a choice of highly rated budget hotels (e.g., Days Inn & Suites, Arlington Heights; Red Roof Inn Chicago - O’Hare Airport), as well as more upscale options (such as Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Arlington Heights; DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Arlington Heights). And, you’re just an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago and a choice of luxury properties, including The Langham, Chicago, and The Talbott Hotel. 

Arlington Heights Restaurants

There’s a lot to like on the menus of eateries in Arlington Heights. Whether you’re looking for fast, casual, or more refined dining rooms, you’ll find something to “hit the spot.”  For traditional Chinese and fresh sushi, check out Sun Shui. For genuine Mexican and Latin cuisine, visit the Mago Grill & Cantina. Or, stop in at Francesca’s and sample classic Italian favorites.

Things To Do in Arlington Heights

The list of entertainment options includes thoroughbred racing at Arlington International, considered by some to be the most beautiful track in America. You can take in live racing from early May until late in September. For musical and dramatic entertainment, The Metropolis Performing Arts Center in downtown Arlington Heights features concerts and plays as well as providing a school for young artists to develop and showcase their talent.