On behalf of the more than 75,000 residents of the Village of Arlington Heights, I welcome you to one of the most dynamic communities in Illinois. Located just a quick train ride to the Chicago Loop, Arlington Heights offers convenient access to the amenities of a large city while living in a community that offers quaint neighborhoods, an active lifestyle, dynamic shopping, dining and entertainment, top-rated schools, library and park district.
The village prides itself on offering an outstanding quality of life for its residents. Arlington Heights offers a variety of housing options, from affordable to upscale, in an array of pleasant single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments.
Offices and business parks offer diverse employment potential as well as positive and welcoming business environments. Thanks to the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce partnering with the village through our small business retention agreement, the village continues on the course of strengthening our economy – adding 77 new businesses and 350 jobs in 2017. We encourage all businesses to work with the village staff and the Chamber to help their businesses achieve great success.
We are continuing to make our community even better by focusing on potential development in certain areas and beautification enhancements on key corridor areas throughout the village. We plan to continue being a leader in the northwest suburbs regarding employment potential and creating a welcoming and exciting business environment.
The village leaders look forward to continued positive growth while retaining existing businesses and attracting new ones. Our partnership with the Chamber of Commerce is critical to helping Arlington Heights thrive.
Experience all that Arlington Heights offers residents and businesses alike. You will not be disappointed.
Thomas W. Hayes
Mayor, Village of Arlington Heights
Arlington Heights is fortunate to be home to a strong business community with members ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to the vibrant small businesses present in our Downtown area, to regional players like Arlington International and Northwest Community Healthcare. However, the village is not resting on the laurels of its past success. Last year saw the largest number of building permits ever recorded in our community. We are welcoming continued investment including new corporate headquarters and exciting new entertainment venues in the coming months. In 2018, the village development team is looking to enhance its partnership with the business community and build on our continued achievements together.
Arlington Heights is a community that is rightfully proud of who it is, with high expectations of continued success in the future. The village is devoted to offering exceptional service to the community. We look forward to another exciting and productive year!
Randall R. Recklaus
Village Manager of Arlington Heights
The Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce was officially established on May 9, 1947 to lead the economic development of Arlington Heights. As the village grew, resource needs and opportunities for businesses did also. The role of the chamber of commerce evolved over the past 70 years because of these changes, however the foundation of being influential in the economic development of the village has stayed consistent. Whether working to retain existing businesses through business counseling, consulting, promotion, or advocacy to the recruitment of businesses through collaboration with commercial property owners, franchise agencies or being a business translator when working with local government agencies, the Arlington Heights Chamber continues its foundational mission.
Keeping businesses here – the reality is, the chamber cannot guarantee the success of any business in town. However, we can guarantee connections to people and resources to give them a greater chance of success. One of those resources is this guide. As an insider’s look into our business community, this guide offers consumers the ability to identify businesses who are community investors. This means they are not just here to make a profit, they invest back into the community through the chamber resources that helps the overall community. By consumers supporting these businesses, it helps provide the resources they need to stay profitable and competitive with businesses in surrounding communities. Where you spend your money does directly impact your community. Knowing where the Arlington Heights municipal boarders are will help you make the conscious decision to use your local businesses.
Bringing in new businesses – many of our businesses depend upon our connections to consumers to be successful. When there is an active economic development chamber, potential business owners and investors become more interested in the community. When there is an active economic development chamber, commercial owners are more strategic on what businesses will be most successful in their given space. If you know of a business in other communities that you would like to see come to Arlington Heights, give me a call or drop me an email. We will do our best to connect with them.
Providing what consumers need and want –The Arlington Heights Chamber is your chamber, working on your behalf to be an advocate for a healthy community. We provide you with the connections to businesses and organizations who make Arlington Heights a great village. We provide you the opportunities to engage in community events, social gatherings, and resources to help write your story of success. We provide you a platform to communicate the successes or desired success of your community. We are your connection, we are the connection to the Arlington Heights community.
Become an Arlington Heights Insider with announcements of new businesses in town, information about upcoming community events, and exclusive deals and promotions from Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce member businesses! Visit www.Arlingtonhcc.com and register today.
Jon S. Ridler
Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce
Immediate Past Chairman
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Interim Executive Director
Wells Fargo Advisors
Branch Manager – VP of Investments
Momentum Health Center
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Village Bank & Trust
Sr. Vice President
Jon S. Ridler
Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce
Daily Herald/Paddock Publications
Director of Local & Category Advertising
An Aha Life – Allyson Jannotta Coaching
Arlington Heights Park District
Division Manager of Rec. Programs & Facilities
Marc Poulos Painting
Village of Arlington Heights
Picket Fence Realty
AAA Insurance & Travel
Marketing & More Group
Any business in Arlington Heights can access the resources of the chamber of commerce starting at $335 per year. That is only $28 a month for our Classic Level Connection Membership, which includes a listing in this community guide and 12 months of a business profile listing on the chamber website, plus other benefits. This membership level is designed for start-ups and one- to three-year businesses who are what we call business builders. They have just begun building their business and need the exposure to our resources to begin telling their story. Most of the time, the owner is the visible one networking and connecting with business people to establish a foundation.
A three- to five-year business that has multiple employees, referred to as a business investor, will utilize the resources of our Associate Connection Level Membership at $435 per year. That is only $36 per month, which includes the benefits of the Classic level and adds a social media and marketing platform to their chamber member profile. They have found some success and have built a foundation to maximize the resources of the Chamber. Usually a sales person or community person will be active, but the owner is still the face of the business in the community.
If you identify with one of these profiles, there is great value in connecting with the chamber of commerce. Whether you have time to invest or your time is limited, you can find success. Contact the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or (847) 253-1703.
A five- to 10-year business that has multiple employees, referred to as a community builder, will utilize the resources of our Partner Connection Level Membership at $635 per year. That is only $53 per month, which includes all the benefits of the Classic and Associate level and adds more marketing and exposure opportunities. They have found greater success and longevity in the community and are actively giving back to the community through sponsorships at chamber community events like the Taste of Arlington Heights and the Craft Beer Festival. The owner is active at the community level and has their employees connecting and working on new business through the opportunities that come from Chamber connections.
A new level for a business owner who considers themselves to be a community investor, one who has seen great success and actively a leader in the Arlington Heights community is our Executive Connection Level Membership at $1,250 per year. That is only $104 per month and includes all the benefits of each level but enhanced. What this level includes that the others do not is, paid registrations for all connection events and a “You Name Your Benefit,” where you tell us what it is you need. If we have the ability to provide, connect or create it, we will.
If you identify with one of these, there is great value in connecting with the chamber of commerce. Whether you have time to invest or your time is limited, you can find success. Contact the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce at, firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 253-1703.
Business of the Year – Arlington Park International Racecourse
The Arlington Park Racetrack (now known as the Arlington International Racecourse) has been the crown jewel of the Village of Arlington Heights since 1927. For more than 90 years, the 500-acre-plus racetrack has drawn thoroughbreds, visitors, acclaim and sales tax revenue to the community and since 1989, when the new white clubhouse was completed, it has also been an eye-catching place of beauty for visitors and local residents alike.
Improvements to the historic property have been fast and furious as Arlington Park has endeavored to remain one of the best and most popular racetracks in the country and this year it was named Business of the Year by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.
The racetrack’s fourth owner, Richard Duchossois, initiated the famous Arlington Million turf race (along with the Beverly D. Stakes and the Secretariat Stakes races on the same day each August) in 1981; opened the classic white grandstand in 1989; and merged with Churchill Downs Inc. in 2000. The current ownership – of which Duchossois remains a major shareholder – installed a synthetic track in 2007.
Each May-September racing season, horses race approximately 71 days. On five of those days, special celebrations are held including the Kentucky Derby Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, an Independence Day fireworks event (July 1 this year) and the International Festival of Racing (better known as Arlington Million Day) scheduled for Aug. 11, 2018.
“We generally attract a crowd of over 25,000 racing fans on each of those special days,” said Howard Sudberry, senior director of marketing and communications. “But throughout the year, our attendance is consistently excellent. We draw as well or better than any other racecourse in the country.”
The Arlington Park marketing team, under Sudberry’s direction, is constantly working to bring in new and different themed events to entertain and attract those crowds.
“Arlington Park is an entertainment facility – not just a racetrack. We attract people who really enjoy the music, great food and themed events, as well as put a few bucks down on a horse and watch them cross the wire,” Sudberry said. “We also host hundreds of group outings, private parties and even business meetings, followed by an afternoon of racing.”
In addition, the track welcomes special events of all kinds throughout the off-season including an annual pet show, the Ride and Drive car manufacturers’ show, the Lamb’s Farm Annual Craft Show in early December, a wine tasting event with Binny’s and even a huge free annual Easter egg hunt in the paddock.
“But we still need the State of Illinois to help us by allowing alternate forms of gaming here like they have in Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania and New York. That is the only way that we will be able to bolster our racing purses and attract the best owners and trainers to Arlington Park. We have a stellar reputation in the racing world and everyone loves to race here, but we need higher purses and the only way that will happen is if they allow us to also offer casino gambling at Arlington Park,” Sudberry said. “We believe that one day it will happen.”
Jon Ridler, executive director of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, has nothing but praise for the Arlington International Racecourse.
“Arlington International Racecourse has adapted to the challenges of their industry very well,” he said. “They are providing more family entertainment options and getting our businesses in front of those consumers who help small businesses succeed. They continue to be a great partner to the Arlington Heights Chamber and the Arlington Heights community.”
Emerging Business — Nothing Bundt Cakes
Celebrations are a year-round occurrence from engagement parties and anniversaries, to baby showers, birthdays, graduations and, of course, holidays. Nothing Bundt Cakes at Randhurst Village provides guests with one-of-a-kind desserts to make any occasion more memorable.
It is the perfect place to pick up a delicious treat for yourself, a gift for someone special or a hand-decorated Bundt cake to wow a crowd. Also think of Nothing Bundt Cakes when there’s a company event approaching or even an afternoon meeting. The confections make a thoughtful thank you for clients and employees, too.
“Nothing Bundt Cakes caters to corporate clients by putting a little pleasure in their business,” said Cindy Adams, franchisee of the Mount Prospect bakery.
Every bite-sized Bundtini, miniature Bundtlet and sharable Bundt cake is freshly baked daily and crowned with the brand’s signature cream cheese frosting. With nine classic flavors and a seasonal featured flavor to choose from, along with over 40 festive
hand-crafted designs, customers will find the perfect Bundt cake for
“We’ve learned that Bundt cakes hold a special place in the heart of consumers across the nation, as many folks can remember a loved one baking a special Bundt cake just for them,” said Debbie Shwetz, one of the franchise’s founders. She and her partner, Dena Tripp, decided there would be no compromise on any ingredients to achieve the flawless Bundt cake: fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese, among the top-notch elements. The result of this dedication shows up in every decadently, delicious bite, and Adams follows through on that dedication daily in her local shop.
“Our bakeries are superior in customer service,” Adams said, “and we want everyone to feel welcome and know that they are more than a customer. They are our guest. So, come on by the Mount Prospect location at 1071 N. Elmhurst Rd. for the warmth and nostalgia of a ‘mom & pop shop’.”
Nothing Bundt Cakes is very big on community involvement, which explains why they were chosen as the 2018 Emerging Business of the Year at the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner.
“Supporting area nonprofits and area Chambers is very important to us,” Adams said. Coming from a nonprofit background, I put great emphasis on connecting with and giving back to my community. Recently we raised $7,200 for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. We have partnered with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Cares, Clearbrook, the Buddy Foundation, American Legion, Merle-Guild Post 208, National Night Out and the Chamber, just to name a few.”
“Cindy Adams is a great example of a small business owner successfully working on her business and not just in her business,” said Jon Ridler, executive director of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. “She connects her passion to each customer by inviting them in as a friend to enjoy her delicious Bundt cakes. Her dedication to excellence in her business challenges other business owners she connects with to strive towards their own success.”