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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 - 3:00 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, Seating, Takeout

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
History tastes good!

Once upon a time, Choo Choo Restraurant was envisioned to be McDonald's adversary and competitor. But the golden arches took off and left Choo Choo in the dust. The good news is that the small historic diner-like restaurant still exists and draws faithful local customers. It's a favorite spot for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Though small and with a fairly small menu, but one appealing to most children. This place is an icon to several generations of Chicago area children. Sandwiches are delivered by a model train to booths and stools placed around the counter.

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Thank Sharon S
Des Plaines, Illinois
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We have been coming here since our 37-year-old was a toddler! Now it is the next generation we are bringing. Out-of-town nephews and their little ones always want to eat here when they visit. God bless the dear lady who has preserved it and kept it open! The food arrives on the train cars, and they make the best old-fashioned... More 

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Thank MHub
Chicago
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Once upon a time, Choo Choo Restraurant was envisioned to be McDonald's adversary and competitor. But the golden arches took off and left Choo Choo in the dust. The good news is that the small historic diner-like restaurant still exists and draws faithful local customers. It's a favorite spot for parents to take young children for their birthdays. (Non-parents love... More 

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Thank poprocks
Chicago, Illinois
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243 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
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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Thank steelchess77
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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204 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Abenture
Mt Prospect
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Family4231
Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank Helen H
Des Plaines, Illinois
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank karen r
Chicago, Illinois
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989 reviews
779 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
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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Thank Allen21096
Salzburg, Austria
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?