Where is "Uptown" Arlington Heights? New signs to point the way

  • Town and Country Center at 325 E. Palatine Road is part of the commercial area near Rand, Palatine and Arlington Heights roads that village officials plan to designate as "Uptown."

      Town and Country Center at 325 E. Palatine Road is part of the commercial area near Rand, Palatine and Arlington Heights roads that village officials plan to designate as "Uptown." Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer, 2020

  • A sketch shows the proposed gateway signage defining the retail area of Rand, Palatine and Arlington Heights roads as "Uptown."

    A sketch shows the proposed gateway signage defining the retail area of Rand, Palatine and Arlington Heights roads as "Uptown." Courtesy of Village of Arlington Heights

 
 
Posted12/8/2022 6:00 AM

Shoppers in and around the busy area of Rand, Palatine and Arlington Heights roads will see new signage next summer identifying the retail commercial corridor as "Uptown."

Five gateway signs will be located at entry points in order to better define the shopping district, said Arlington Heights officials, who have been working on a streetscape beautification plan.

 

The area has four shopping centers and many businesses that account for nearly a quarter of the village's total sales tax revenue. Amid stiff competition from neighboring commercial corridors, officials said it's important to create an identity for the area and distinguish it from other retail districts.

The village board this week approved a $154,979 bid from Racine, Wisconsin-based Michael's Signs to fabricate and install the signs and surrounding landscaping on public easements or publicly-owned property.

Village officials wanted to place the signs on the right of way controlled by the Illinois Department of Transportation, but those requests were rejected. They were able to get easements, however, from the park district and owner of the Town and Country shopping center.

Shop drawings are set to be approved early next year and installation will occur in the spring or early summer.

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