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Choo Choo Restaurant

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600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Thu - Fri 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Wed 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Mundelein, Illinois
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250 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My Great Nephew loves trains and this kid friendly restaurant was just the ticket! It's small and no reservations, cash only place. We love the model train that brings your food around to you if your sitting around the front of the bar. They even sing happy birthday complete with the sound of a train whistle!

Thank Stephanie C
Des Plaines, Illinois
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

This place has been around for 50 years! Small but good food at reasonable prices. If you sit at the counter, your food comes out on a train! And the servers blow the train whistle!

Thank JakesMom2016
Des Plaines, Illinois
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126 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Cute 50's decor, good shakes. I had turkey chili and a shake. People come here for the train that brings the food. There's not a lot of seating and big groups would be tricky but the tables do seem to turn over fairly quickly.

Thank BeenTo7Continents
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Sit at the counter or one of the counter booths and have your meal delivered by train. Standard diner fare - cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, shakes, root beer floats. All very good. I like the turkey chili too. The best part is their birthday celebrations. They will deliver a cupcake with a candle by train. Be aware- only accepts... More 

Thank Ashley E
Park Ridge, Illinois
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We took our 10 year old grandson to Choo Choo Burger to make sure he experienced it before he got too old to really enjoy it just as his parents and uncles did when they were children. He got to sit next to the track and had a really good time. The food was ok and his enjoyment was what... More 

Thank pondgal
Chicago, IL
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is a restaurant with a railroad theme that has a counter and some boothes next to the counter which have model railroad tracks running around to deliver your food. (there are some other booths that the railroad does not run next to). The food come in a basket on a flatbed car. We went there because it remained my... More 

Thank TNG
Des Plaines, Illinois
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Truly a place for kids, as a toy train delivers all the orders. However, the food is good and often comes with generous size sides. Reasonable prices too, for the amount of food you get. Atmosphere is like a no-frills diner and could use some TLC. I accidentally sat in a chair with no back (uh oh), some of the... More 

Thank Myosotis57
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263 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We're in town to ride the Metra and it was around lunch time. I'm enjoy trains and wanted to experience this diner. We both ordered the cheeseburger and also a bowl of their turkey chili. The food was great and so was the service. The children with their families provided fun entertainment.

Thank Geocacher48
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

From my 10 year old son: Eating at The Choo Choo was delicious! Although, they have some strict rules and the portions are a bit too small. Otherwise, it's a good diner. They use different trains every day and they even have a kid's train ride. Kids of all ages will love this unique and fun diner and never forget... More 

2 Thank hogburn
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

The Choo Choo has been around since 1957. I ate here 30 years ago and the restaurant hasn't changed a bit. The novelty is getting your food delivered by a Lionel train. Small kids will love it. The food is just ok. You are there for the atmosphere. The only complaint I had is that the dining room is a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?