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Choo Choo Restaurant

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600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
+1 847-391-9815
10:30 - 15:00
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Sat - Wed 10:30 - 15:00
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Old building that is a remnant of old des plaines before rapid development...fun time while eating decent fast food. Many options for sililar cuidine in chicagoland, best in walking distance

Thank BangkokFarang555
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Choo Choo is a unique destination in Chicagoland, one we always visit when we're in the area with young kids. Food is decent, good hamburgers, hot dogs, shakes and floats. But the most unique aspect is that the food is brought to you on an electric toy train, which is a big hit with the kids. Restaurant is pretty small... More 

Thank Alex M
Mundelein, Illinois
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264 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 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!

1 Thank Stephanie C
Des Plaines, Illinois
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 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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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 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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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 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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77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 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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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 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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289 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 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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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
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Open Hours
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 15:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016-4617
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: +1 847-391-9815

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?