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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

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Gotta go if you have grandchildren

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Lenora M
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Gurnee, Illinois
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Salzburg, Austria
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

this place is so much fun for the kids and also adults ..the train will deliver the food right to your table and the food is good also..something different to do in des plaines ..fun

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Des Plaines, Illinois
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My grandmother took my brother and I to the Choo Choo when we were little. The entertainment was great, the food not so much. But that was in 1960. I ate there last Friday with a friend and we had such a good time. I had a huge sloppy joe sandwich and finished every bit. We sat at a booth... More 

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chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

our 1st visit to this establishment was one of customer indifference by the employees, when we walked in to the place the 3 employees that we saw standing behind the counter with one of them playing on her phone. none of them asked how many people were in our party. they did not even ask us while we were standing... More 

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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 via mobile

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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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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