At Birch River Grill, chefs put innovative spins on classic American dishes, augmenting mac ‘n’ cheese with barbecued pork and marinating yankee pot roast in red-wine sauce. Sizable portions combine with the interior’s warm neutral color scheme, leather seating, and its namesake birch-wood accents to evoke an ambiance as homey as a waterbed filled with chicken noodle soup. The stone fireplace emits a pleasant, nostalgic crackle similar to the pops of a vinyl record as diners perch at the elevated dining area, their meals illuminated by sprawling chandeliers.
Having worked with professional MMA and UFC competitors, the instructors at Ludus MMA Fitness train students as if they were fighters. Inside the coliseum-shaped facility, intense, hour-long workouts blend elements of boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and yoga, and present a challenging alternative to standard routines. Sessions unfold atop Olympic-quality training mats, with heavy bags, speed bags, and weights enveloping groups in a fitness-driven framework.
Located in Arlington Heights, DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Arlington Heights is in the business district and convenient to Heritage Park and Arlington Lakes Golf Club. This hotel is within close proximity of Legoland Discovery Center and Metropolis Performing Arts Center.
Make yourself at home in one of the 241 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your bed comes with triple sheeting and down blankets. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and premium TV channels are also offered to provide entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an indoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Arlington Heights? This hotel has 8600 square feet (774 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
Smashburger isn't just the name—it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
Spanish for local gathering place, La Tasca brings diners together with shareable feasts of hot and cold tapas, bubbling pots of saffron-tinged paella, and mouthwatering Iberian wines. The restaurant’s turreted, half-timbered façade hints at Old-World charm, and the décor inside sets a rustic mood with walls and columns peppered with hand-painted tiles and murals depicting bullfights, feasting peasants, and grain futures prices. Leafy garlands dangle from the rafters as guests sup on plates of patatas bravas and grilled lamb, and troubadours serenade throngs of diners and dancers with live Latin music the first Thursday and third Friday of each month. Guests pair plates with glasses of fine Spanish wine, or belly up to the luxurious marble-topped bar for tasty digestifs of jerez, mojitos, or sangria.
Arlington Park's racetrack hosts a summer season of on-site wagering on live thoroughbred horse races across its sweeping, verdant turf. A blend of vintage and modern, the racetrack's tiered white buildings house myriad dining options—including a café, food court, Mexican restaurant, upscale restaurant, and two casual pubs—which provide a refuge for eager audiences and the horses' proud families. The popular Mr. D's Sports Bar caters to patrons with casual pub fare, including burgers, paninis, and hot dogs. In addition to screening live and off-season races, Mr. D's Sports Bar's TVs air live simulcast racing from around the country and screenings of other sports, such as full-contact chess.