NWest Suburbs. I am the Burgermaven. and live in this area.
My number 1 diner burger in USA is right here in Des Plaines. Paradise Pup. Ask for Tony or George the Manos brothers who own it. Tell them Burgermaven sent you. The char cheddar medium rare with any toppings. Not too many though, maybe grilled onions but you just want to savour the flavor. By the way their Italian Beef sandwich is the 'boss'. They make it themselves.
Try North Branch in glenview but at Lake and Milwaukee Avenue. 4520 west lake ave. Ask for Raul the chef. call ahead 847-813-6400. His deep dish is as good as Burt's Place with the cheesy crust. and his burgers are incredible. bar food is great. nachos with shredded pork for example.
Thin pizza at a place on Wolf Road in Wheeling. can't remember name. small place. room for maybe 20. check the hours.
Do not under any circumstances go to CHINN's crab house. Bob Chinn is the rudest owner in the business. We waited an hour with 4 little children and when it was our turn he called his friends in the bar that had just walked in. He said, "I will seat who I want when I want. This is MY restaurant."
sorry I can't join you. I leave for Florida on the 20th.
Sarabella's at the Westin Hotel in Wheeling is a little upscale but their chef is terrific.
Skip the Burgermaven