Bicentennial Bash: Counting down to Illinois' 200th birthday in Arlington Heights

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We are celebrating the towns, communities and people that make Illinois so special, and we're ending our Bicentennial Bash in Arlington Heights.

ABC 7 is celebrating some of the communities that make Illinois so special, as we count down to our state's 200th birthday.

Friday morning, it's our bicentennial bash grand finale in Arlington Heights!

The Marching Mustangs helped kick things off with a performance.

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The Rolling Meadows High School Marching Mustangs helped ABC7 celebrate the upcoming Illinois Bicentennial.



Arlington Heights is a city that mirrors the American suburb. The town was founded by William Dunton in 1845 and the railroad was key to the town's growth.
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As we count down to Illinois' Bicentennial, we explore some of the history of Arlington Heights.



At the Arlington Heights Museum, you can literally get a taste of history with handcrafted sodas just like those made by a pair of brothers who started their company after the Great Chicago Fire.

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A soda pop company in Arlington Heights got its start after the Great Chicago Fire.



And when you talk about Arlington, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is the world-famous race track.

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When you talk about Arlington, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is the world-famous race track.

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