Window-decorating set for Saturday at Heights' businesses

 WinterWindowsPosterOptimized.jpgUPDATED Nov. 27: Image of snowmen, polar bears, snowflakes and more are expected to brighten storefront windows in Arlington Heights on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as local children decorate for the upcoming cold season. The postponement date is Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A holiday stroll to view the finished windows is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10.

Registration had reached 58, the limit for the second annual winter-themed window painting project in Arlington Heights, according to Janet O'Riordan, for the Arlington Heights Community Association.

Registration was online only and was to go through Saturday, Nov. 19, but it was to close earlier if available spaces were claimed earlier.

Those who attend any school in Arlington or reside in Arlington are eligible. Participation is guaranteed only to the first 55 applications made through the registration process described below.

Children age 12 or older may paint a window solo or grab a friend or parent to paint a window together. Children age 11 or younger will need to have a grownup with them, organizers say.

The artwork will be created on more than 55 predesignated storefront windows at 25 area businesses and are to remain on display through February.

The required $25 registration fee covers paint supplies -- an assortment of selected acrylic paints and paint brushes supplied to painters the day of the event. Soon after the registration closing date, painters will be emailed their window assignment, a rules/information flier and a list of window painting tips, a spokeswoman said.

Heights group, Chamber involved

This event is organized by the Arlington Heights Community Association -- the ACHA -- in partnership with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture.

The AHCA is a group of Heights business owners, residents and nonprofits who meet monthly to address local issues and concerns, support beautification projects and organize public events and activities to promote vibrant community engagement and support local businesses.

In the past two years the AHCA has organized four storefront window painting events, a holiday stroll and a spring fling festival.

The AHCA welcomes new volunteers. To attend the monthly Thursday morning meetings, volunteer at future events or donate money to support beautification projects and activities, please contact O’Riordan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The AHCA is a group of business owners, nonprofit organizations and residents on the northwest end of Arlington who meet monthly to address local issues and concerns, support beautification projects and organize public events. AHCA meetings typically take place the third Thursday of every month. For more information, email Marisa Lau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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This news announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, based on information supplied by Janet O’Riordan, a volunteer with the Arlington Heights Community Association who regularly helps organize the window-painting events of the AHCA. It was updated Nov. 27.

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