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Arlington is proud to partner and work with many well known organizations in Chicagoland.
Since opening in 1927, Arlington International Racecourse has remained a leader in the sport of horse racing and devoted to enhancing the vitality of the communities we serve.
In 1987 the Duchossois family made the decision to rebuild Arlington Park into Arlington International Racecourse after the grand old racetrack burned to ground in July of 1985. Other cities tried to lure the Duchossois family into relocating and building the track in their area. However, the commitment to community was stronger than the financial incentive lure that was offered by other communities, and the Duchossois family rebuilt the most magnificent and statuesque facility known to racing in North America and abroad. Today it remains a world renown facility for its architecture and grandeur, and is so much of a representation of Arlington Heights that the village has a horse integrated into its logo.
We recognize that improving the quality of life and prosperity of the communities in which we conduct business is in the best interest of our patrons, employees, company, and industry. We are committed to sharing our resources to meet our community’s needs and support organizations who contribute to our efforts.
The Racetrack Industry Charitable Foundation (RICF) provides on-site medical, dental and social services, as well as licensed outpatient substance abuse counseling and access to community mental health clinics to the employees and residents on the backstretches of the racetracks in Illinois. Arlington provides housing and utilization of a clinic on Arlington’s backstretch at no charge to the RICF.
RICF services are provided mostly free of charge to eligible backstretch workers with nominal fees for their families by an all-bilingual staff that includes a doctor, dentist, registered nurse and counselors. In addition, the RICF maintains a 24-Hour On-Call service. Children services are provided entirely free.
The RICF also provides public health screenings, flu vaccinations, educational programs, drug prevention programs, podiatry services, a medication dispensed program and health fairs for families with an emphasis on the children. School physicals, immunizations, summer children’s programs with the area school districts and holiday celebrations are some of the services provided to the children and families on the racetracks.
Nurses are on duty each weekday, doctors available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and dentists each Tuesday and Thursday at Arlington Park during the racing season.
RICF’s counseling services are provided to backstretch workers and their families by a staff consisting of Masters-level, bilingual male and female mental health professionals, including a staff psychologist.
Arlington provides almost $500,000 annually to support the RICF.
Summer Backstretch Program
The Summer Backstretch Program is for children who live in the backstretch at Arlington Park. Our program is volunteer based and was created to provide children K-8th grade an opportunity to learn, interact, engage and play during the summer months at no cost to the families. Through a variety of community partnerships, our volunteers and community leaders serve as positive role models and offer a safe and positive environment for children to get exercise, learn about teamwork and leadership, and enjoy a healthy snack provided by Levy Restaurants.
Throughout the past two summers, children were invited to join the program once a month May-September for activities, outdoor fun, snacks and visits from special guests. Special guests included: Arlington Park Jockey Colony, the Mount Prospect Fire Department, Elite Soccer Community Organization and Medieval Times.
Arlington provides financial support to the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and provides space on Arlington’s backstretch for the offices of the organizations.
Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
Arlington is proud to be a supporter of the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF). We never lose sight of the courage of the human athletes that ride in races every day. Arlington has organized and hosted an annual 5k run for the PDJF on the Arlington grounds to help raise money for this worthy charity organization.
Arlington also hosts an annual PDJF Day Across America and helps raise money by organizing an autograph signing session by the jockeys and escorting them around the track as they collect cash in their jockey boots from generous and caring fans.
Arlington organizes and arranges transportation into the City of Chicago for volunteer jockeys that visit the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Children’s Hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The jockeys and Arlington are very proud to be able to put smiles on faces of children who are hospitalized with serious illnesses.
Arlington supports and hosts the Salute, Inc. annual 5k run. Salute Inc. is a supporter of the brave men and women that have served our country in the Armed Services.
Arlington supports and hosts local dog and cat shelters and Off The Track Thoroughbred Organizations during an annual promotion at the track. Some of the groups include, Canter Chicago, Galloping Out, Foster2Home, and AdoptaBull.
Arlington supports, hosts and promotes a miniature horse therapy organization, Mane in Heaven.
NORTHWEST SUBURBAN COMMUNITY
Arlington is a proud member of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and hosts their annual and largest fund raiser.
Arlington supports the annual Mayor of Arlington Heights Prayer Breakfast, a Chamber of Commerce organized event.
Arlington hosts an annual Arlington Heights Community Day welcoming the Mayor, City Council and members of the staff to Arlington in a celebration of our home town. There is entertainment provided throughout the day by the Metropolis Theatre Arts and Performing Centre, an entertainment organization supported by Arlington and the Village of Arlington Heights.