Arlington Park Development Project

This webpage is intended to house all updates and public communication related to the potential redevelopment of the 326-acre Arlington Park property. Information, presentations, and announcements will be shared on this page as they become available. 

If you have any questions regarding this project please email [email protected]

Tentative Upcoming Meetings and Related Topic (Subject to change) 

  • September 28 at 6:30 p.m.
    View Agenda: Ordinance Review Committee to Discuss Draft Overlay District Zoning Amendment to add Sports Wagering Facility as a Special Use

  • Monday, October 10th at 7 p.m.: Broadcast Live
    Committee of the Whole to Discuss Draft Pre-Development Agreement which outlines a Roadmap for future discussions

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12th at 7:30 p.m.
    Plan Commission Public Hearing to discuss Draft Overlay District Zoning Amendment to add Sports Wagering Facility as a Special Use

  • Monday, November 7th at 7:30 p.m.
    Village Board to vote on Pre-Development Agreement and Overlay District Zoning Amendment

 



Past Meetings and Related Documents and Links

September 13, 2022: Items from Sept. 12th Committee of the Whole Meeting

The Village Board hosted a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 12th. 

September 9, 2022: Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, Sept. 12th at Forest View Educational Center, 7:30 p.m. 
The Village of Arlington Heights will be hosting its regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole Meeting to discuss updates regarding Arlington Park, on Monday, September 12th, at 7:30 p.m., at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd in the Theater, with a public entrance through door #34. The meeting location has changed to a larger venue given the great amount of community interest on this topic. 

At the Sept. 12th meeting, Village staff will provide a summary of preliminary discussions that have taken place so far, discuss the development of a project roadmap, and will introduce some preliminary proposed zoning changes. At this meeting the Village Board will receive a presentation on the background on this project and an outline of the next steps. No decisions will be made at this meeting. All Committee of the Whole meetings are open to the public and provide an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will be broadcast live on the Village’s website at https://www.vah.com/your_government/agendas___minutes_ and on the Village’s YouTube page www.youtube.com/VAHBoardMeetings.     

Please note, this is a separate meeting from the community meeting that the Chicago Bears are hosting at John Hersey High School on Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 – 9 p.m. Representatives from the Chicago Bears will not be participating at the Village’s Committee of the Whole Sept. 12th meeting.

September 6, 2022
The Chicago Bears have shared an open letter, regarding their potential purchase and redevelopment of Arlington Park. Please note that the Village has not reviewed any official plans or data for this potential redevelopment. Should the Chicago Bears move forward with this project, the Village looks forward to reviewing traffic, financial, and economic data. See the letter on the Chicago Bears website at www.chicagobears.com/arlington-park/ 


September 1, 2022
The Chicago Bears have announced that they will be hosting a community meeting at John Hersey High School (1900 E Thomas St, Arlington Heights) on Thursday, September 8th, from 7 – 9 p.m., regarding their potential purchase and redevelopment of the Arlington Park Property.
For more information visit the Chicago Bears website.

September 29, 2021
See Press Release

The Chicago Bears and Churchill Downs Incorporated recently executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the Arlington Park land parcel. The Village of Arlington Heights has been in communication with the Chicago Bears and Churchill Downs over the past summer to discuss the potential sale of the 326-acre Arlington Park parcel. The Village recognizes that many residents and stakeholders have questions about the potential redevelopment of this land and its impact. This will be a long discussion and there will be many opportunities for community stakeholders to engage in the process.  As with all development efforts, the Village will thoroughly analyze all proposals and make decisions based on what is in the best interests of the Arlington Heights community as a whole. 

While this process is in its initial stages, all parties fully respect and understand the challenging and complex nature of this effort and are committed to work through and fully explore the tremendous opportunities that this site presents. Further information will be made available as the process unfolds.  

June 17, 2021
The Village of Arlington Heights was made aware that the Chicago Bears submitted a bid for the purchase of the Arlington International Racecourse Property site. The Village will be working with the property owner, broker, and all potential purchasers over the next several months to determine which uses would be best for the Arlington Heights community.