Heights tree-lighting, stroll, 2022Window outside Maruichi Japanese Food and Deli painted by Ryan Doherty

UPDATED Dec. 9: In the third annual winter-themed window-painting event held in Arlington Heights on Dec. 2, participants decorated the windows of 25 storefronts, painting alone or in small groups. For the first time, each window now sports a green border to create a more unified look and to help call attention to the festive art.  

According to Janet O'Riordan of the Arlington Heights Community Association (which sponsors the event), this was the highest-ever number of participating businesses in the thrice-yearly event that has been held the past three years.

More than 60 windows have been decorated for the season and are to be displayed throughout December and January. They are a major feature during the Heights Holiday Stroll,  set for Saturday, Dec. 9.

In a news release, O'Riordan wrote that more than 100 residents of all ages turned out to paint. Rushmore Josie  age 4  Society Beauty Bar.j"Josie's Snowman," by Josie Rushmore.

According to O'Riordan, this has evolved into a large family event in which children either  with their parents -- or some as young as 4 years old paint on their own with their parents standing by. 

She noted that, in some cases, groups collaborate on these windows, for example, Girl Scout troops, the Rainbow Alliance and the Arlington High School Gay Straight Alliance club.

Festive igloos, Christmas trees and animals in winter gear among other designs now decorate the area.

A full gallery of the images can be viewed here in a Google drive folder >> 

The AHCA has sponsored similar events throughout the year, including painted windows in the spring and around HalloweenWindow at Heights Pub, painted by Iris Peterson.

According to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce website, a $25 registration fee covered instructions and supplies to be given to painters the day of the event.Boudjenah Robinson Thibaut 1 7 Roasted GranolaThibaut Boudjenah-Robinson outside the Roasted Granola Cafe.

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This news announcement was published Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, based on information provided by Janet O'Riordan of the Arlington Heights Community Association. It was updated Nov. 7, 2023, to restore the temporarily absent image of the flier; Nov. 17, 2023, to update time references; Dec. 2, 2023, to indicate that the painting itself has occurred; and Dec. 9, 2023, with images of windows and inclusion of an online location where all images may be viewed.