Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 847-385-7500
Arlington Park is an easy train ride from downtown. Take the Metra Union Pacific Northwest line with a $10 weekend pass good for unlimited Metra rides on Saturday and Sunday from Ogilvie Transportation Center to the Arlington Park station. Regular one-way fare $6.75.
You will be assessed a $5 surcharge for buying a ticket on the train if an agent or vending machine is available at the station where you boarded. You can also buy a weekend pass on the Ventra app.
General Admission Tickets go on sale April 1, 2019 10:00AM
General Admission: Entrance fees vary by date. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Adults $8/Kids 4-17 $4 (online only). There is a $1 charge per order for online ticket purchases. There is a $2 surcharge per ticket if you buy purchase at the gate. Additional entrance fees may apply on premium days, holidays, fireworks and special events. Purchase tickets in advance here.
25% off Value Days Thursdays
Thursdays July-September are Value Days at Arlington! Value Day features discounted pricing on admission, food & beverage, and seating. No live racing/Value Day on August 29th or September 5th.
Party in the Park Fridays
If you decide to sneak out early from work on a Friday gates open at 2:00pm and racing starts at 3:15PM-6:45PM. There’s a train to Arlington at 1:30-2:20PM. Return to downtown is at 6:29PM or 8:29PM. Regular Metra fares apply. $3 beer and food, live bands, and more. College students get free general admission on Friday’s with valid ID at the box office.
Family Day Sundays
On select Sundays there are kids activities including pony rides, a petting zoo and specialty kid’s meals in the Picnic Grove. Look for Pony Express passes under ticketing.
Gates open at 12:00pm on Saturday-Sunday. From May-Sept post time is 1:25PM and the last race is around 4:45PM.
You can take the Metra to the track at either 10:30AM-11:20AM and wait for the gates to open or at 12:30PM-1:20PM and miss the first race.
On Saturday’s the Metra train head back downtown is at 4:29PM or 6:29PM so you’ll either have to leave before the 8th race or wait at
Ditka’s around the corner I’m not sure where. Ditka’s closed December 2018. On Sunday’s the train is at 5:29PM.
Arlington offers a wide range of food and beverage options. Click here. Call 847-870-RACE (7223) for reservations. They also allow you to bring in non-commercially prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages. You have to buy a $5-$8 cooler pass. Complete carry-in rules.