We had a really fun Saturday excursion w/ my folks and the kids, one worth mentioning to those in the Chicagoland area. The whole bunch of us hopped on the METRA and took the quick jaunt from Palatine to Des Plaines to have lunch at The Choo-Choo: Hamburgers on Wheels!
Originally opened in 1951, it's a 50's-style diner where the food is brought out on a model train that goes from the kitchen around the entire counter. The joint, a local institution of sorts, still retains it's retro charm and the kids freaking loved it. Better yet, the 'Choo-Choo Double' I had was on par w/ good ole' fashioned Steak'N'Shake burger...if not better. The rest of the menu has similar fare and everybody enjoyed their respective meals.
It's a quick walk from the Des Plaines stop on the METRA Northwest line, but as the joint is small...be prepared for a wait in line to get in. If you like retro-flavored fun, killer burgers and something that makes your kids smile...I highly recommend checking it out. Word is, the city is trying to get them to relocate and/or close to build more condos, so don't wait too long! Check out their website HERE.