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Development Updates

A 7-story mixed use building with a total of 45 residential  rental apartment units with a small commercial space on the first-floor is being proposed at 212 N. Dunton Avenue.  The property is zoned B-5, Central Business District and is approximately 0.4 acres (17,424 square feet) in area.  The proposal includes 16 one bedroom, 24 two bedroom, and 5 three bedroom apartments that would be located on floors three through seven.  Nineteen (19) units will be available as affordable rental units.  Parking is located on the first and second floors and approximately 1,254 square feet of leasable commercial space on the first-floor. Construction began Spring 2017.


In 2012, the Village held numerous public meetings with property owners and nearby residents to discuss the Hickory Kensington Area Plan.  The Plan, which was approved by the Village Board in January 2013, amended the Village's Comprehensive Plan setting forth Goals and Objectives and specific Recommendations and Actions to implement the Plan.  Recommendation #4 was to rezone the area to allow for residential and mixed use development up to five floors.  The Village Board subsequently rezoned the area in June 2013, again after numerous public meetings.  A Tax Increment Financing District was approved by the Village Board on July 21, 2014.  Planning & Community Development Staff is now moving forward with plan implementation..

Please click here for the Hickory Kensington TIF Redevelopment Plan.
Please click here for the Public Process for the Proposed Tax Increment Financing District.
Please click the icon to the left to view the Hickory Kensington Area Plan approved on 2013.

Design Guidelines approved October 14, 2014.

Business development in Arlington Heights was strong in 2016.  For the year, the Village welcomed over 100 new businesses, filling 650,000 square feet of formerly vacant space and bringing over 2,300 new jobs to the community.  Among the economic development highlights in Arlington Heights in 2016:
  • The first phase of the Arlington Downs development project, One Arlington, is  complete and leasing to tenants.  One Arlington offers over 200 brand new luxury rentals with an array of high-end amenities.  When complete, the $250 million project on nearly 30 acres will include more luxury residential units, a new hotel, a water park, and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space.
  • 25N Coworking opened in early 2017 in the ground floor space of the One Arlington building, part of the Arlington Downs project.  Village Staff worked closely with ownership of 25N Coworking to bring their 2nd Chicago-area location to the Village.  Unique to the Northwest suburbs, 25N offers a variety of office space rental options from open cubicles to private offices.  Members receive 24-hour access privileges as well.·        
  • Arlington Ale House opened in January 2017.  The concept, offering beer and cocktails, games, and live music, while partnering with Arlington Heights restaurants to deliver food, further enhances the Downtown as an entertainment destination.  Arlington Ale House is located on the 3rd Floor of the Metropolis Building (111 W. Campbell Street).
  • DevLinks is an automation and robotics manufacturer that recently relocated to the Village.  The growing company also reoccupied 35,000 square feet of formerly vacant space.
  • E3 Diagnostics relocated to Arlington Heights, bringing 35 employees to the community and occupying 30,000 square feet of previously vacant space.  E3 Diagnostics conducts the sale and supply of hearing testing equipment.
  • HSBC opened their new North American headquarters in Arlington Heights, bringing 1,500 workers to the Village.  The North American unit of the London-based financial services firm moved to a 162,396-square-foot office at 1421 W. Shure Drive.        
  • LA Fitness opened in late December in the Town & Country shopping center at Rand, Palatine, and Arlington Heights Roads.
  • Savory Salads opened in the Esplanade of Arlington Heights in August at 2932 W. Euclid Avenue.  This is the fast casual restaurant’s second location in the Chicago area.
  • Shakou, a restaurant featuring modern Asian cuisine with an emphasis on sushi, has signed a lease for the corner of Vail and Wing (70 N. Vail Avenue) in Downtown Arlington Heights.  Shakou currently has four other successful Chicago-area locations, and in recent years was named one of the Top 100 “Hot Spot” Restaurants in America by Open Table.    
  • TruSweets LLC relocated to Arlington Heights at the end of 2016.  TruSweets has reoccupied a formerly vacant 25,000 square foot space at 3456 N. Ridge Avenue and brought 20 employees to the community.         
  • Windy City RC Raceway & Hobbies is a unique entertainment venue with two different tracks for remote-controlled car racing and offers rental of RC cars for racing parties, hosts regional tournaments, and has a small hobby shop for retail sales of cars and accessories.   Windy City Raceway & Hobbies opened in November at the former Plass Appliances location (1000 W. Northwest Highway), reoccupying over 12,000 square feet of long-time vacant space.

 We anticipate another strong year of economic development for Arlington Heights in 2017.  To find out about other business openings and all the latest news, 'like us' on the Village of Arlington Heights Facebook page.  Also, visit the Business Development News page for past and current business development news.  Here are some other active projects in the Village:

A unique mixed used style development with commercial, hotel, recreation, and residential uses on the former Sheraton Hotel site located on Euclid Avenue. 


The Village of Arlington Heights and the Planning & Community Development Department is proud to work with our business partners in facilitating great business and development opportunities in the community.  Our team of professionals are ready to assist your business needs.  Several businesses have provided testimonials to tell their story about their experiences and the tremendous relationship between the Village of Arlington Heights and the business community. Businesses large and small, old and new, are telling their story about why Arlington Heights is such a great community for all their business needs.  Business Testimonials.

In April, the Village Board approved a study to be undertaken by Teska Associates on the Rand Road commercial corridor.  This stretch of Rand Road is a crucial retail district to the Village of Arlington Hegihts, providing significant amounts of sales tax and employment opportunities.  In working with Village Staff, Teska Associates is tasked with helping establish an identity for the Uptown shopping corridor by identifying potential improvements to enhance the area as a shopping destination.



The Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (the "Collaborative"), consisting of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mt. Prospect, Palatine and Rolling Meadows, formed via an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in 2011 to develop sub-regional solutions that address short and long term housing needs of participating communities.  Homes for a Changing Region is a project provided to each of the Collaborative communities free-of-charge by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) and CMAP's LTA program with staff support from the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC).  Homes provides technical assistance for municipal leaders to chart future demand and supply trends for housing in their communities, and works with municipal leaders throughout the Home process to develop long-term housing policy plans.  Homes plans are not land use plans and do not focus on specific parcels. 

A Fact Sheet concerning the Homes process for Arlington Heights, the Polling Exercise Results from the Arlington Heights public workshop and the  Final Report are available in the Document Center.  Questions about the report should be directed to Nora Boyer at 847-368-5214 or

Home Remodeling

The Village of Arlington Heights provides loans to low and moderate income homeowners to make home repairs.  Eligible home repairs are those needed to bring the home into compliance with Village Code and may include items such as new roofs, electric and plumbing work, structural repairs and improvements to improve handicapped accessibility.  Decorative remodeling and room additions are not eligible.  The loans are 0% interest.  There are no monthly payments.  The loan is repaid from the proceeds of the sale when the home is eventually sold.  Click here for more information.

Guide for Local Businesses

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The Staff has developed a Sign Tool Kit for Local Businesses.  This is an on-going effort on behalf of the Village to outreach to local businesses and sign companies in regards to the current sign code.  The intent is to showcase positive examples of signs and graphically convey the most common types of signs.  Some of the positive examples are featured as "Project Highlights" and show how various businesses use signs as part of a branding strategy.  Click here for more information.


Tools and Technology for Planners

The Department of Planning and Community Development will feature examples of various tools and technology, which are used to assist in the decision making process. Click here for more information.



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