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Choo Choo Restaurant

600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
847-391-9815
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Ranked #16 of 149 restaurants in Des Plaines
Cuisines: American
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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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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4 restaurant reviews
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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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11 restaurant reviews
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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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Des Plaines, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place is good for young kids or people like trains. I took my two kids there for their birthday for 3 years and finally stop when they out grew the idea of train carrying food. The big selling point is the train carrying the food to the tables around the tracks. If there is a birthday kid at the... More

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been going to the Choo Choo for years! They have the best hamburgers ever, fresh, juicy, and can be delivered on a train! The owner is one of the nicest people I have ever met, all employees are very friendly and helpful. What a great place for kids, and kids of any age. Never had a bad meal... More

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place is older than McDonalds. Get your food delivered to you via a Lionel right at your seat. Fun for the hole family.

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13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you sit at the counter you can have your lunch delivered by an model train. The kids just love this. It is an experience that they will remember.

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Glenview, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Yes, Choo Choo is small, and yes when school is out you probably will have to wait a while, but if you have young children or grandchildren you will have a great time. Sit at the counter, or one of the four booths on either side of the counter and watch the joy of the kids when the train delivers... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Yes, it is small. Yes, it can get crowded (timing is everything). But the staff and Jean, the owner, are friendly and work very hard to make it a special place for kids. The food is good, and the shakes are awesome. Grab one of the booths on either side of the counter, or sit at the counter, if you... More

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