Arlington Heights is a larger city spanning 17 constituent neighborhoods and is considered the 14th largest community in Illinois. Located within Cook County and just 25 miles northwest of Chicago, the city offers plenty of public transportation options, as well as dining and entertainment destinations. With a population of 75,101, Arlington Heights narrowly overpowers its neighboring cities of Schaumburg and Palatine.
The history of Arlington Heights dates back to the 1850s when the town became known for its fruit and tree farms. Once the town became a stop on the Illinois-Wisconsin Railway, many other businesses joined in and there was an addition of a cheese factory, blacksmith, hardware store, and even a hotel. Arlington Heights quickly grew to what is best known today as a popular commuter city.
Being a larger city, the public school system is vast. Public elementary and middle schools mostly fall into Arlington Heights District 25, and John Hersey High School is operated by Township High School District 214. The outer parts of the city are grouped into other districts and schools based on boundary locations. All in all, the city is split between 17 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, and 6 high schools.
Home to the Arlington Park Race Track, the city hosts the Arlington Million and Breeders’ Cup qualifying events. Another popular landmark is the Arlington Heights Memorial Library which has one of the largest collections in Illinois. With a walkable downtown area, exceptional parks, and plenty of dining and entertainment options, there is plenty to offer for residents of all ages.