Trackside OTB

Ditka's

Ditka’s Restaurant in Arlington Heights has attracted business professionals, families, tourists and celebrities alike. Named after legendary Bears Coach Mike Ditka, known for his honest and straight forward opinions, Coach Ditka and his partners provide their patrons with a unique dining opportunity.

With over 20 years of experience in the highly competitive Chicago Restaurant market, Ditka’s Restaurant Group understands the importance of quality food, genuine hospitality and market trends. Their consistent approach and commitment have created Ditka’s hallmark reputation. Ditka’s, provides the very finest quality of salads, steak, chops, fish and a variety that everyone can choose from.

Whether you dine with us in Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace, Arlington Heights, Westmont (Grill 89) or Pittsburgh our goal is to have you return.

Ditka's Arlington Heights serves breakfast on Sundays at 10 am and are opened Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner service. We have 5 private rooms and a banquet room that seats up to 240 guests. 

Trackside Hours of Operation

  • Early bird self-service wagering is offered daily beginning at 7 a.m.
  • The Sports Bar is open from 11:30 a.m. until the last Illinois evening simulcast race.
  • On dark/simulcast days Sunday - Friday, the second floor is open daily at 10 a.m.  On dark/simulcast Saturdays, the second floor opens at 8:00 a.m.  During Arlington International live racing, the second floor is open until 12:00 a.m. (Self-Service Terminals only) and then reopens at 5:00 p.m.
  • On dark/simulcast days, the Gold VIP rooms open daily at 10 a.m.  During Arlington International live racing, the Gold VIP rooms open at 5:00pm.

Admission
Free

Personal television carrels on the second floor are free except Saturday afternoon when they can be purchased for $3 in the afternoon. They are complimentary in the evening.

Racing Information & Services
Daily Racing Forms, Simulcast Programs, Illinois Programs and tip sheets are available at our programs counter beginning at 10 a.m. daily.

Headsets for personal TVs are available for purchase. Illinois State Lottery Instant Tickets and Daily Lottery Tickets (Pick 3, Pick 4, Lotto, Little Lotto and Mega Millions) are available at our gift shop. We also have self-service Lottery scratch-off machines.

Complimentary race information (betting numbers and changes) is posted daily.

  • Trackside Arlington International Exterior View

  • 2nd Floor Wagering Lounge

  • Program Kiosk

  • Fine Dining Room

  • 2nd Floor Wagering Boutique

Directions
From the East:
Take I-90 West to Route 53 North. Take 53 for 2 miles. Exit Euclid Avenue East. Trackside entrance is approximately two blocks on the left.

From the North: Take I-94 South to Willow Road (which becomes Palatine Road). Take Palatine Road to Route 53 South. Take 53 South and exit at Euclid Avenue East. Trackside entrance is approximately two blocks on the left.

From the South or Southeast, including O'Hare Airport: Take the Northwest Tollway (I-90 West toward Rockford), and exit at Route 53 North. Take 53 for 2 miles. Exit at Euclid Avenue East. Trackside entrance is approximately two blocks on the left.

From the West: Take the Northwest Tollway (I-90 East) toward Chicago. Exit at Route 53 North. Take 53 for 2 miles. Exit at Euclid Avenue East. Trackside entrance is approximately two blocks down on the left.

Public Transportation
Bus:
For local RTA bus schedule information, call 312-836-7000.
Train: Trackside Arlington International has a Metra Commuter Railway station on site with service between downtown Chicago and Harvard. The Union Pacific/Northwest Train Line operates on a regular schedule Sunday-Saturday. Call the Travel Information Center at 312-836-7000 for a Metra schedule, or visit their website at www.metrarail.com

Parking
Free general parking. Reserved parking for Platinum, Gold and Silver level VIP members