Arlington Alfresco Opens Friday; Street Closures Start Wednesday Morning

Portable electronic sign board announces Arlington Alfresco opens March 12, 2021.
Portable electronic sign board announces Arlington Alfresco opens March 12, 2021.

Arlington Alfresco Street closures in downtown Arlington Heights will go into effect Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. as the 2021 season for the outdoor dining zone opens on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Last year Arlington Alfresco opened from June to November to permit outdoor dining in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help the restaurant businesses that were otherwise limited to pickup delivery business. The Village Board of Arlington Heights agreed in January 2021 to renew Arlington Alfresco regardless of whether indoor dining was permitted or not for 2021.




In order to account for the possibility of significant snow and snow removal operations, Arlington Alfresco will not feature the fencing and decorations until mid-April. Instead ropes and standards will provide the bordered areas that separate pedestrian traffic from outdoor dining areas.

The street dining area could last until November 2021, but the date is not finalized as it may depend on whether the annual Taste of Arlington Heights and Million Dollar Block party will be held end of Summer 2021. Last year the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fate of the Million Dollar Block party is also tentative due to the closure of the Arlington International Racecourse following the 2021 horse racing season.




Arlington Heights Public Works set up barricades to prepare for street closures for Arlington Alfresco at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Arlington Heights Public Works set up barricades to prepare for street closures for Arlington Alfresco at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Armand’s Pizzeria shows signs of getting prepared for Arlington Alfresco with outdoor heat lanterns in place
Armand’s Pizzeria shows signs of getting prepared for Arlington Alfresco with outdoor heat lanterns in place.




Portable electronic sign board announces Arlington Alfresco street closures at 4 AM Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Portable electronic sign board announces Arlington Alfresco street closures at 4 AM Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Portable electronic sign board announces Arlington Alfresco opens March 12, 2021.
Portable electronic sign board announces Arlington Alfresco opens March 12, 2021.

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Filling barricades with water for Arlington Alfresco street closures Near Beer in the Wall at Dunton Avenue and Campbell Street.
Filling a street barricade with water at Campbell Street and Dunton Avenue.
Streets scrubbed clean and barricades up on Campbell Street in Arlington Heights for Arlington Alfresco.
Preparing Campbell Street West of Vail Avenue for Arlington Alfresco.
A load of standards for the rope set up for boundaries for Arlington Alfresco in downtown Arlington Heights.