Train Restaurants for Kids in the Near Western Suburbs

For your train obsessed kiddo and an entertaining dining experience for all, take the family out to one of these great train restaurants! Keep in mind that they can get pretty crowded at peak times, so you may want to plan your outing at a less frequent hour of the day. It’s a kid favorite and a fun birthday tradition too! Local train restaurants with descriptions are below so you can find one for your train fan.


The Junction Diner
7401 W. Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-5276

The owners of The Junction Diner saw a need for a family-friendly restaurant for train loving kiddos amidst all the bars and boutiques that align Madison Street. They created this unique spot where the kids are entertained, the parents are comfortable, and healthy yet delicious menu selections are available for all. The kids will especially enjoy the large interactive model train table. A party room is also available to hold birthday parties and other special celebrations.

2Toots Train Whistle Grill
450 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-4300
1567 N. Aurora Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 453-5113

At the 2Toots Train Whistle Grill, all the seats in the restaurant are on the train tracks, making every seat in the house just right. Their burgers are grass-fed and all desserts come with a toy whistle as a souvenir, making the ride home a bit noisy for the parents, but extra fun for the kids! When you join the 2Toots Birthday Club, the kids receive a personalized letter in the mail, along with a free kid’s meal and train whistle cupcake on the house when they visit on their birthday, We did this for many years and my kids always loved it! They also have another location in Bartlett.

All Aboard Diner
1510B 75th Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 322-8960

The family-owned All Aboard Diner has an extensive menu featuring burgers, wraps, homemade soups and salads. As an added bonus, they also serve wine and beer for the parents. Kids love their family fun atmosphere where all meals are delivered right to the table via train. You’ll also find kids games, train souvenirs, video games and an interactive train on the premises. A party room is available as well as a frequent rider card special for frequent diners. 

The Choo Choo Diner
600 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 391-9815

The nostalgic Choo Choo Diner, located just a block north of the Metra station on Lee Street, is an entertaining experience for all ages. They offer seating for 45, with 27 of those being along the tracks. They also provide private party packages and a birthday club card good for a free meal during the month of your birthday. Keep in mind they do not take reservations or accept credit cards.

Worth the drive:

Tyler’s Tender Railroad Restaurant
350 East U.S. 30
Schererville, IN 46375
(219) 322-5590

Your food is delivered on a flatbed train and there is also a train that kids can ride on and an o-scale model train on display that can be controlled with buttons on a panel. Don’t miss the arcade in back.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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