Today’s side deal gets fans of the sport of kings an “in” with the local royalty: for $50, you get one Arlington Racing Club (ARC) individual membership (a $100 value) for the 2010 season at beautiful Arlington Park. The lush gardens and stately architecture of Arlington’s racecourse are located in Arlington Heights, just 45 minutes northwest of downtown Chicago (right off the Metra stop, in fact). This Groupon is good for new members only.
The Arlington Racing Club individual membership package includes:
- A season pass (valid for one person only), which includes free admission and racing programs for one person
- Six single-use guest passes
- Preferred parking
- Access to members-only seating areas in the Park and on the Apron
- Monthly discounts
- Admission to ARC-exclusive events and pony pettings throughout the season
As an added bonus, you’ll also get to ride a stick pony from your seat to the betting window. And with six single-use guest passes included, some of your closest friends will also benefit from your membership, giving you half a dozen opportunities to prove to your pals that there’s more to racing than ant racing. This year’s racing season begins on Thursday, April 29, and continues through Sunday, September 26. Your season pass will grant you access to all races Thursday–Sunday and certain holidays, with the exception of the Arlington Million Day races on Saturday, August 21.
Impressed by both the ambience and activities at Arlington Park, Frommer’s is wild for a day at the races. Nine thoroughbred enthusiasts at Judy’s Book and four at Insider Pages agree, giving the track an average of 4.9 and 5 stars, respectively, while Yelpers weigh in with 4.5 stars. > * With its gleaming-white, palatial, six-story grandstand and lush gardens, this racecourse is one of the most beautiful showcases for thoroughbred horse racing in the world…Arlington likes to say that it caters to families, and the ambience is more Disney than den of iniquity. – Frommer’s > * This historic racetrack has to be one of the most spectacular ones in the country. In the last couple of decades this park has been completely rebuilt and improved and boasts beautiful grounds and stunning architechture [sic]. – Robert L., Insider Pages > * This place is just amazing. I had no idea a racetrack could be this beautiful. The landscape alone is worth the trip. – Pat B., Judy’s Book