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Choo Choo Restaurant

600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
847-391-9815
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Ranked #21 of 146 restaurants in Des Plaines
Cuisines: American
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Des Plaines, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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149 reviews 149 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Chicago IL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Restaurant was tiny. After hearing about long waits, we went when only our school was off one day so we could get right in. The place was kind of dirty, had a broken train-like arcade ride and very mediocre food. The food arriving by train was cute for about 2 minutes. Not missing much if you don't get there.

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It has been in Des Plaines forever. I took my kids and now my grandchildren. It is always crowded but the kids love the model train delivering the food on the counter & the atmosphere

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Cypress, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I agree this flashback in time restaurant is very small, but it is fun for the kids to see their food arrive on the little electric train. Wanted to give an extra shout-out to them.....somehow our food ticket was lost. I noticed others who had arrived later were getting their food, but in no time, the waitress acknowledged that the... More

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