Ladies' Fancy Hat Day at Arlington Park

But Churchill Downs is not the only racetrack where you'll see women showing off fancy hats. Horse-racing fans from California to Saratoga also observe the tradition, which may have its roots in English racing. Remember Audrey Hepburn at the Ascot Races in My Fair Lady? Whether they are fun, silly ones or big, frilly ones, you will see lots of hats at horse racing tracks around the world. Some horserace-lovers say a wearing great hat brings good luck at the betting window.

Here in the Chicago area, Arlington Park is encouraging women to wear their most stylish hat at Ladies Day on Saturday, September 6. Besides having an opportunity to sport their fashionable hats, women, who visit the track tomorrow, will be treated to an afternoon of spa treatments and special giveaways.

Women wearing fashion hats will receive admission to Arlington Park for $3. They also can enter a special contest judged by Melissa McGurren of the Eric & Kathy Mornings show. In addition, at the base of the Grand Staircase there will be complimentary spa treatments from Spa Martinique. There will be free massages, hair/makeup consolations, nails consultations and skin analysis from 11:15 am until the end of racing. Elaine Berger of Chapeau Creations of Skokie will be selling fashion hats from 11:15am until the end of racing at the Grand Staircase.

Ladies will also be in the spotlight on the racetrack. A full day of fillies' racing will be highlighted by a pair of graded stakes races: the Grade III $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes and the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Arlington Park is located at 2200 W. Euclid, Arlington Heights. For more information about Ladies Day or Arlington Park or to purchase tickets visit,

$3 Admission for women in hats
Starting at 11:15 am on Saturday
Complimentary spa treatments
Fashion hat sale

From Chapeau Creations

Satin polyester hat and a multitude of feathers on the brim.
Shown: black/white
Price: $186.00
Available colors: Brown/Natural; Black/White; Ivory Solid; Red/Black; Silver/Black

Look your best with satin and rhinestone touches.
HCTitanic-Silver Grey
Shown: silver grey
Price: $179.00 Available colors: Rust; Silver grey; Beige;

Ready for spring with the flapper look with a soft organza edge and spring flower.
GC70506 Orange
Shown: melon
Price: $168.00 Available colors: Lilac; Melon;

Asymmetrical top-quality velour is adorned with huge sparkle lilies.
Shown: turquoise
Price: $248.00 Available colors: Camel; Turquoise;

Large, oval-brimmed hat adorned with a swirl of feathers.
Shown: white/black
Price: $207 Available colors: White/Black

A modern cavalier style all edged in black satin with a split brim, egret style feather and rhinestones.
Shown: purple
Price: $168.00 Available colors: Pine green; Hot Pink; Purple;

A sisal straw creation with Swiss braid on the crown & brim. A unique circular trim is added with a quill.
· GM8421-Navy/White/Red
Shown: navy/white/red
Price: $165.00 Available colors: Ivory/Black/Tan; Navy/White/red;

Down-turned fur-felt edged in satin and sporting a large patterned satin ruffle-flower
Shown: red
Price: $238.00 Available colors: Black; Red;

Made of sheer crinoline, the brim falls softly in delicate waves. At 24 inches wide, this is our largest brimmed hat.
Shown: navy
Price: $232.00
Available colors: Navy/White; White/Black; Ivory/Black; Natural; White; Navy Solid;

Large, year-round silk hat finished with a large bow and a rosette
Shown: gold lame with fan
Price: $192.00 Available colors: Orange Lame; Royal Wine; Silver Lamé; Gold Lamé (with fan); White Silver;

A partial head adornment, this new "fascinator" is attached to a hair band and is made of sinamay petals and feathers
GE564-Black Fascinator
Shown: black
Price: $136.00 Available colors: Taupe; Rust; Black; White;

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