Arlington Heights is home to many educational attractions. In addition to being the site of F.W. Muller's soda factory, the Arlington Heights Historical Museum complex includes the Mullers' Victorian-style home, the coach house and a replica of an 1830's log cabin. The Arlington Heights Memorial Library provides a wide range of programs for kids, adults and seniors. Arlington Park is home to a historic racetrack, which has won numerous prestigious awards in recognition of its many contributions to the sport of horseracing.
Arlington Heights has won widespread acclaim for its refurbished downtown district. This mixed-use district is home to residences as well as retail, service and entertainment opportunities. The shops downtown rebuilt their facades and revamped their signage in order to give the district a unique and seamless look and to enhance the area's quaint appeal. Due largely to this extensive redevelopment, Arlington Heights won the Daniel Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning from the Metropolitan Planning Council in 1999.
Arlington Heights Park District maintains an extensive network of facilities for the enjoyment of residents. Parks range in size from 35-acre Melas Park—featuring four lighted softball fields, soccer fields and sand volleyball courts, as well as the district's largest playground—to .33-acre Festival Park, home to a gazebo, playground and picnic tables. An 18-hole golf course can be found at Arlington Lakes Golf Club. Fitness clubs, tennis clubs, arboretums and gardens can also be found throughout the district.
Elementary school students in the Village of Arlington Heights attend schools in districts 59, 25, 23, 21 or 15, depending on their exact location within the town. High school students are served by Township High School District 214, which is dedicated to preparing its students for real life after graduation by providing them with hands-on experiences that affect their own day-to-day lives. District students participate in community service activities ranging from food drives and tutoring to building homes for the Habitat for Humanity program. Alternative as well as traditional schools are available to help meet the needs of the district's diverse student body.
Opportunities for post-secondary education are many and varied. Located throughout the Chicago metro area are many outstanding colleges and universities, including DePaul University, Chicago State University, Harper College, Roosevelt University, the American Academy of Art, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.