Visiting Arlington Alfresco

Visiting Arlington Alfresco
Posted on 04/01/2022
Downtown Arlington Heights welcomes you to enjoy Arlington Alfresco, an open-air, pedestrian friendly, outdoor dining concept. From April - September, the intersection of Vail Ave. & Campbell Street, and one block in all directions, are closed to vehicles and more than 20 restaurants expand their outdoor seating areas into the street, creating one of the most unique and visited outdoor dining experiences in Chicagoland.

Parking in Downtown Arlington Heights and Arlington Alfresco
Free parking is available in 10 nearby parking lots, including 4 garages, just steps from the action! Many visitors begin their parking spot search in the Vail Street garage and during popular events this location may be congested. Visitors are encouraged to utilize one of the many parking opportunities available and to view the parking map to find a parking space that works for you! 

Restaurants Participating in Arlington Alfresco 

Bangkok Café 
Beer on the Wall
Berry Yo Yogurt
Big Shot Piano Lounge
Carlos & Carlos
Cortland's Garage
Hey Nonny
La Tasca Tapas
Mago Grill & Cantina
Peggy Kinnane's
Salsa 17
Scratchboard Kitchen

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 
The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre offers live theater and concerts year-round! Metropolis welcomes four exciting live shows including: 
- Cabaret (Sept. 15, 2022 - Oct. 22, 2022)
- The Legend of Georgia McBride (Jan. 26, 2023 - March 4, 2023)
- Ragtime (May 4, 2023 - June 10, 2023)
- Xanadu (July 13, 2023 - Aug. 9, 2023)

See the full lineup of events and purchase tickets on the Metropolis Centre's website


About Arlington Alfresco

Arlington Alfresco was first introduced in the summer of 2020, to provide additional outdoor seating for restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its creation was the result of an “explore all options” approach taken by staff, when identifying ways to support local businesses. After a popular first year in 2020, Arlington Alfresco grew in popularity and welcomed even more guests and visitors in the summer of 2021.

In order to maintain the Arlington Alfresco experience, it will cost an estimated $90,000 annually. To help off-set these costs a 0.75% Food and Beverage tax has been recommended for restaurants that are located within the Alfresco Zone. This equates to 75¢ per $100 spent. Funds collected will support the costs of fencing, maintenance, safety blockades, signage, staff services, and more.

At the Village’s Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, Dec. 13th, the Committee approved staff’s recommendation for the annual return of Arlington Alfresco, in downtown Arlington Heights. Arlington Alfresco will return in 2022 beginning April 29th and ending September 26th. More information