Originally posted by BuddyRoadhouse
My daughter abe froeman(!) and I stopped in at the Choo-Choo a while back after what might have been a 15 year or more absence. The food was better than I'd remembered and it fulfilled some nice dad/daughter reminiscences along the way. I wrote about it in this thread. http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11096&SearchTerms=%22choo-choo%22
At one time there were quite a few railroad themed hamburger joints around the Chicago area, all with the same Lionel Train delivery system. Once Snackville Junction closes, the Choo-Choo will be the only one left.
There is one other interesting train themed place left in Chicago. Fast Tracks at the corner of Lake Street and Des Plaines Avenue (no relation or connection to the city of the same name) in Chicago has a Chicago Public Transportation theme. Photos of the old "Green Hornet" streetcars, old "El" Trains and other modes of public transport adorn the walls. There is a large scale model train running overhead on a track that follows the inside perimeter of the building. Outside seating consists of tables and benches made of welded together axles and wheels off of old subway train cars.
They have an extensive and high quality fast food menu, not the least of which is an excellent version of the classic Chicago Style Hot Dog and an outstanding pub-style Cheeseburger. Great fresh cut fries too!!!
Back about 18 years ago (Holy crap!) when Dad and I both worked downtown for other companies, Fast Tracks was a favorite spot to meet for lunch because it was more or less halfway between where we both worked. Wish I had reasons to visit that neighborhood more often these days.
Fast Tracks is also one of the few businesses in that area (or the entire downtown Chicago area for that matter) that has off street parking. Not a lot, mind you, but it is there.