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Arlington International Racetrack to Host Auction Series – NBC Chicago

Looking to preserve a piece of Arlington International Racetrack? Gear, nostalgia, artwork and more will be offered to the public through a series of upcoming auctions.

Soda dispensers, crates of sugar packs and refrigerators are among the first items up for auction, as the racetrack seeks to liquidate its assets after its September 2021 closure that ended its nearly 100-year run ‘activity.

More than 600 lots of catering equipment once used by parc fermé will be available online from August 2, according to Grafe Auction, the company leading the sales. The full set of items is available for viewing here.

To place a bid, participants must create an account with Grafe Auction on its website, which can be done here.

Other auction dates and categories will be published at a later date.

The track was a Chicago-area staple for nearly a century, opening in 1927.

It briefly closed in 1998 and 1999, but reopened in 2000 after Churchill Downs Incorporated purchased the track and renamed it Arlington Park. It changed its name to Arlington International Racecourse in 2013.

The Chicago Bears are expected to close on the suburban field in late 2022 or early 2023 with plans to move from its current home ground of Soldier Field.

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