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The Choo-Choo

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Time Out says

When it opened in 1951, The Choo-Choo was a pioneer of “fast food,” serving its Choo-Choo burgers, Dairy Cars and Train Cupcakes via model train. The barely changed diner has gone on to become a local favorite for kids and adults alike, though it hasn’t quite kept up with fellow Des Plaines burger joint McDonald’s. Of course, with only one Choo-Choo and hordes of kiddies vying to eat a burger fresh off the gravy train, the management asks that you limit your visit to 30 minutes—they don’t call it fast food for nothing.


600 Lee St
Des Plaines
Cross street:
between Miner and Jefferson Sts
Train: Union Pacific NW to Des Plaines.
Average main course: $7
Opening hours:
10:30am–3pm (Sat–Wed); 10:30am–8pm (Thu, Fri)
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