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Choo Choo Restaurant

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600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
847-391-9815
Today
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

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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
Most recent review
Kids love it and the burgers are good too.

Take the kids to this throw back restaurant for a treat. The food is delivered on an electric train, and the kids love it. The burgers are really good. They are a cash only restaurant, and there is often a wait for a table. The place is small, so it can be cramped. Bring the little ones... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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SteveSpy
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Take the kids to this throw back restaurant for a treat. The food is delivered on an electric train, and the kids love it. The burgers are really good. They are a cash only restaurant, and there is often a wait for a table. The place is small, so it can be cramped. Bring the little ones and have fun.... More 

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Des Plaines
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We love going to Choo Choo's for either lunch or dinner. The people are very friendly and the food comes pretty quick. My 2 kids who are 12 and 9 still want to sit next to the train.. The only thing I wish they would take credit cards.

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

First visit and I loved it, as did my three year old! Every time the train circled passed he got super excited. Are his hot dog like a champ and the burger I had was great...not your standard pre-frozen perfectly-shaped patty. The owner, Jean, went out of her way to help out when I didn't have enough cash (they don't... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a must do if you have young children. Try to get a seat at the counter. It is a hamburger joint, with HUGE servings that are not cheap. The kids won't finish their meals. But the fun is there when the train comes around to deliver the food.

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Buellton, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I found this place on Roadside America. We planned ahead as far as the driving and this place was so neat. I went about 5 mi. out of the way to break up the early afternoon drive. It was so cool and that comment came from my 25 year old son. The hamburger was large and hand pressed. Really a... More 

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Every time we are in the greater Chicago are visiting family we have to stop at The Choo Choo restaurant for my son. He loves the fact that a model train brings the food and the atmosphere is train themed. A bonus is the cupcake with train whistle. The food is decent and they have very kid friendly foods. I... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My 6yr old son LOVES trains, so this was a big hit! The food is standard Diner fare, but was good. Sloppy Joe was what I had. Was good, but hard to pay $7 for. But my son LOVED IT! It was very crowded when we arrived. Drove from Ohio to get there, so we waited until seats at the... More 

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have a special attraction to this place because I came here in the 1950's, when I was a kid. In the 1980's I brought my kids here on a trip to the area and finally in June 2014 I brought my grand-daughter. We all loved it. Probably not the cheapest hamburger place on the planet, but what price can... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Growing up in DesPlaines meant that we frequented three icons of the city -- the first - the very first Official McDonalds Drive-In, the second the Sugarbowl Restaurant on Miner Street and finally the Choo Choo. It was then and is today a treat the see your order rounding the curves out of the kitchen on one of the flat... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place is a local legend. when my kids were small we went there even though it was run down and the food third rate. A few years ago the city wanted to knock it down to build an administration building. It was saved by the new owners, our new mayor and a group of local fans. The new owners... More 

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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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