Arlington Heights has three primary retail districts Downtown, Uptown, and Southtown. The districts and other areas of town facilitate at least 40 shopping centers and at lest 4.2 million square feet of space. Retail sales exceed $1.1 billion.

The Downtown Area, with convenient parking and Metra train access, includes a mix of restaurants with many cuisines, unique shops, quaint boutiques, theaters, and a performing arts center — The Metropolis.

Uptown Shopping District (North)
The Uptown Shopping District is centered at a triangle formed by Arlington Heights Road, Rand Road, and Palatine Road. Shopping centers in the Uptown Shopping District include Trader Joe’s, Vitamin Shoppe, Target, Ashley Furniture, Jo Ann Fabrics, Best Buy, Marshalls, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Value City Furniture, Harlem Furniture, Corner Bakery, Chili’s, Olive Garden, Verizon Wireless and many others.

The area has a several grocery stores, furniture and mattress stores, and automotive shops along Rand Road.

Southtown Shopping District
The Southtown Shopping District is centered at a triangle formed by south Arlington Heights Road, Golf Road and Algonquin Road. This shopping district offers both convenience and shoppers goods stores. Retailers and restaurants include Mitsuwa Japanese Market Place, Lowe’s, Eileen Fisher, Floral Galleria, Vali Produce, O’Reilly Auto Parts (formerly Murray’s Auto Parts), Yanni’s Restaurant, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, and many others.

Barnes & Noble closed in Arlington Heights May 28 2016