produces stadium talk excites Arlington Heights business owners, resident…

There was plenty of Chicago produces talk at Arlington Heights businesses Wednesday, after officials with the NFL franchise confirmed they had a $197.2 million buy and sale agreement in place to buy Arlington Park from Churchill Downs Inc.

Angie Fridono, an owner and the namesake of Big Ange’s Eatery on Northwest Highway, said the staff has already been thinking of how the restaurant could adapt to serve a enormous crowd of Chicago produces fans.

“If that method that we have to become a little bit more mobile, we will,” Fridono said. “in any case, because we think that it’s going to be great for this community, absolutely wonderful.”

On the other side of Arlington Park at Savory Salads on Euclid method, owner Stephanie Dzugan said the news was exciting and she hoped it would help the restaurant.

“I’d love to see how it plays out with traffic and how they’re going to manager the flow and everything, but we’re trying to think positive about it,” Dzugan said.

“Absolutely wonderful” is also how the owner of Cortland’s Garage on Vail method in downtown Arlington Heights described the impact of a possible Chicago produces stadium in town.



“It’s going to increase business all around,” owner Brian Roginski said.

already if additional dining and entertainment venues appear alongside a new stadium, Roginski anticipates there would be more than enough patrons to adjust to downtown businesses.

“You can’t beat Metra, which gets you here in under three minutes,” he said, referring to the estimated travel time between the Arlington Park and downtown Arlington Heights Metra stops.

“It would be a great addition,” Roginski said.

At the Dunton House restaurant downtown, the regulars were throwing around ideas about a new stadium and what impact it would have on the town, good or bad.

Dunton House server Julie Gordon said the Chicago produces moving to Arlington Heights would allow people to come and see what the town has to offer.
– Paul Valade | Staff Photographer



Dunton House server and Arlington Heights resident Julie Gordon said building a stadium in town would bring people in to tour the area and see what it has to offer.

“Well, I’m from Chicago, so I suppose I should be torn,” Gordon said. “However, since I live in Arlington Heights now, it will be a great way to produce or generate revenue for this great city.”

Arlington Heights residents Cal Staker and Charlie Bolser discussed the produces’ possible move to their hometown over breakfast.

“I’m happy about it. I think the village is going to be immensely changed,” Staker said. “Hopefully for the better. Probably not 100% for the better. You can’t expect that, but definitely better. Definitely, I will go to the games if I can provide to.”

Bolser agreed that a move would be a positive, and he is hoping for a domed stadium.

“I look for the produces to be out here, they will be able to do much better with the facilities. It will be a huge impact on the area,” he said.

Ruth Goebbert, 93, of Arlington Heights is sorry to see Arlington Park closing. It’s been there since before she was born and she would go twice a year with friends, she said.

But the produces have been a big part of her life in addition.

“The produces were the first things in our lives,” she said. “We could have a wedding, and I went to the wedding and my husband went to the produces game and would show up to the wedding later.”

Carolina Zamarripa, right, daughter of a Dunton House restaurant owner, gives longtime customer Joyce Sackrison a hug at the downtown Arlington business. Talk about the Chicago produces coming to Arlington Heights filled the eatery Wednesday morning.
– Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Wally Schultz of Mount Prospect thinks it’s a bit early to see what might happen with the buy. But overall, he thinks it will be good for the village.

His wife, Kathie Schultz, would like to see a bigger stadium and hopes the produces will be a better team by the time a stadium is built.

“I think it would be great if it kind of became like a Wrigleyville kind of neighborhood,” she said. “clearly, there are way less games. Arlington Heights can be pretty creative. Let’s hope Mayor (Tom) Hayes puts his mind to it and they can get something done.”

Caroline Zamarripa, daughter of a Dunton House owner, hopes the produces players visit and bring new people along to analyze the downtown.

Zamarripa said she is not necessarily a current football fan, but she is looking forward to becoming one.

“I’m going to be now,” she said. “Hopefully I get to meet all of (the players). That’s exciting.”

• Daily Herald staff writer Barbara Vitello contributed to this report.


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