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The Choo-Choo, Des Plaines, IL | by katherine of chicago
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The Choo-Choo, Des Plaines, IL

Restaurant that delivers meals on a model train. (My videos here and here.) Founded 1951, at risk of closure to expand a police station. Please see their website to find out more! I've seen this place many times, but this was my first time eating there.

 

In 1955, a competitor opened not far away...what's usually referred to as the first McDonald's (not technically, but it's complicated, and apparently the corporation calls it McDonald's #1). The Choo-Choo wasn't worried...how could McDonald's compete with a place serving burgers by train?

 

Any Flickrers who are into old signs, diners, roadside Americana, and/or trains (that might be a few of you) should check this out if you're in Chicagoland soon!

 

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Taken on November 24, 2008