Glimpse of History

Arlington Heights Growth Into Desired Destination

Arlington Heights was founded in the mid-1800s by Asa Dunton, a Yankee stonecutter. Asa’s son William Dunton was the first homeowner of this farming community, which was originally called the “Town of Dunton.” The village’s name changed several times until 1874 when it officially became Arlington Heights.

Historical picture of Downtown Campbell StreetThe original train depot served as a catalyst for Arlington Heights’ growth. The train depot was a great convenience for nearby farmers who used the railroad to transport their goods. The depot became a central gathering place for the community and prompted development of a Downtown as more people settled in Arlington Heights.

Now the Downtown train station is the hub of a transit-oriented, pedestrian friendly urban neighborhood where commuters working in Chicago can live a short walk from the station and near shopping, restaurants, entertainment and various parks where many events are held throughout the year. There is much to explore in Arlington Heights, including the internationally renowned Arlington International Racecourse, one of the most exquisite thoroughbred horseracing facilities in the country. Additional attractions include Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and a movie theater with luxury recliner seating, both in the Downtown, a Japanese grocery store, quaint shops, national store chains and a healthy mix of businesses that create an exciting and diverse economy.  Arlington Heights provides a strong “sense of place” to all who live, work or visit the vibrant community.

Thank you to the Historical Society and the Arlington Heights Historical Museum for providing the historical photographs.