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Choo Choo Restaurant

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600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
847-391-9815
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10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Fri 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Wed 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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    Very good
  • 11
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  • 3
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun Place for the Kids. Cash only.

This place was recommended by others from the Chicago area. Some of my relatives have been here before, but it has been a few years. The burgers are unique. It's a crispy burger, which was pressed flat, until it has crispiness around the edges. The fries were frozen. Would I take my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
steelchess77
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This place was recommended by others from the Chicago area. Some of my relatives have been here before, but it has been a few years. The burgers are unique. It's a crispy burger, which was pressed flat, until it has crispiness around the edges. The fries were frozen. Would I take my family here? Probably not. Would I take my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

What a gas! Fun, fun, fun. Burgers are amazing and kids love the train that delivers the food. Big kids too! Quarters are a little cramped and wait times go way up at this VERY popular small place

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Mt Prospect
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Do not eat for at least 4 hours before you go. Milkshakes, cupcakes, and burgers are fabulous. The coffee beats Starbucks every time. Make sure you bring your appetite and CASH! It's about $15 person and don't forget the tip. Our waitress was awesome.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Nothing like it around. The train brings the food around to where the children are seated. Definitely a kids menu.

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We stopped in last weekend because the place had fond memories from when my boys were young. Its been 25+ years and nothing has changed much. This is both good and bad, its very nostalgic but could use some updating. The menu prices are a bit steep for what you get and if you had a few kids, it could... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

For a special occasion a very disappointing night. The steaks were dry, badly cooked and served with non home made sauces. The sides were nothing special and the singing waiter was annoying and not well trained. All in all disappointing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

What a fun place to bring kids! If you're lucky enough to sit at the counter or one of the four tables on either side that are next to the train tracks, your kids or grandkids or you, will have a great time watching the food being delivered to the table. They have a birthday program, so that every year... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I took my children here when they were young and I now am taking their children here. All time favorite for kids. Sitting at the counter enables you to have you food delivered via a

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Gurnee, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Took our three year old grandson to the Choo Choo recently. The two women waiting on the customers could not have been nicer and more accommodating to all the patrons. A Des Plaines policeman even stopped by and handed out tattoos to the kids. One little boy was dressed like Batman and he asked for his autograph. The food was... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Model trains bring baskets of burgers to the tables adjacent to the tracks. This is a favorite area eating place to take the kids. It doesn't hurt that the burgers are great. There is also a menu with dinner offerings for the non-burger eaters.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: 847-391-9815

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?