6 Train Restaurants for Kids in Chicagoland Where Model Trains Deliver Your Meal

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If you’re looking for a fun dining experience for your train-loving kids (or yourself!), take your family to one of these train restaurants. Features like trains that deliver your food, train tables to play with, and vintage diner decor make these experiences extra memorable. You’ll be sure to have a kid-approved meal that they’ll be talking about for weeks.

Keep in mind that the restaurants can get pretty crowded at peak times, so you may want to plan your outing for a less frequent time of the day. All aboard!

The Junction Diner

photo courtesy of The Junction Diner

7401 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-5276

Kids will enjoy having their meal delivered to them via model train chugging around the counter. After their meal, kids can also play at a large train table.

2Toots Train Whistle Grill

train coming along the track at 2Toots Train Restaurant to deliver food to families

203 S. Main Street
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 213-6700

450 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-4300

The Naperville location has closed, but 2Toots Train Whistle Grill still has locations in Bartlett and Glen Ellyn to delight train-loving kids. Every seat is along the train track at this grill that serves up grass-fed beef burgers and hot dogs. Sign up your kids up for the birthday club to get a postcard in the mail for a free meal and dessert.

The Choo Choo Diner

photo courtesy of The Choo Choo Diner

600 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(224) 284-4904

After being closed for kitchen updates, the Choo Choo diner is back open! Grass-fed beef burgers and hot dogs are delivered by train at this destination first opened in 1951.

Windhill Pancake Parlor

3307 W Elm Street
McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 385-1172

Thanks for the tip, Ashley D.! The Windhill website is not working right now, but she lives down the street and verified that they are open from 7am-3pm, serving breakfast and lunch on a train.

Tyler’s Tender Railroad Restaurant

photo courtesy of the Tyler’s Tender Facebook page

350 East U.S. Highway 30
Schererville, IN 46375
(219) 322-5590

This train restaurant adds to the experience with a big ride-on train that goes around its own track, an interactive O-scale model train, and an arcade room. Classic American favorites are delivered via model flatbed train car.

Our round-up of 25 extra-fun restaurants for kids includes even more themed and destination restaurants to delight young diners.

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