Arlington Heights is a village in Cook County, Illinois. It is located 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The suburb is bordered by Wheeling, Northbrook, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows, and Palatine.
The area was mostly inhabited by German farmers in the 1800s. They first started growing potatoes but then started a nursery for cherry, apple and pear trees. As time progressed, they began growing spruce, maple, and elm trees, as well as flowers. The area became known for its truck farms, which sent vegetables and dairy products to the Chicago area. The little town began to grow slowly, opening a hotel, a blacksmith shop, and a hardware store. Although most community members were farmers, they were soon joined by commuters who worked in Chicago.
Arlington Heights has had a boom over the last few years in development of condominiums, stores, and restaurants in its downtown. Although the area has little land and space available for new developments, the focus is on business and community development, which has lead to many fine hotels and restaurants in the area ideal for business. Residents are also attracted to the area for its excellent school system and its easy access to transportation via two train stations, the Metra and the Union Pacific Northwest Line. Interstate 90 and Illinois 53 run along its edges providing direct access to the city, O’Hare International Airport, and other suburbs. The suburb has many 3 to 4 bedroom single family homes as well as condos and town homes available.