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Guidebook for Des Plaines

Drinks & Nightlife
It is owned by the Calabrese Family, which has the best restaurant in Edison Park called Zia's and Café Touché. Now they opened a bar in Des Plaines.
The Beacon Tap
1374 Lee St
It is owned by the Calabrese Family, which has the best restaurant in Edison Park called Zia's and Café Touché. Now they opened a bar in Des Plaines.
Rosemont has the action and excitement. It is a little commercial and touristy, but you can have a lot of fun here. It is okay for tourist to do tourist things. Just remember to Uber if you are drinking.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago
5500 Park Place
Rosemont has the action and excitement. It is a little commercial and touristy, but you can have a lot of fun here. It is okay for tourist to do tourist things. Just remember to Uber if you are drinking.
This is a great bar. You can consider it a family place too because of the food. In the summer outdoor sitting and bags.
Countryside Saloon
2501 E Ballard Rd
This is a great bar. You can consider it a family place too because of the food. In the summer outdoor sitting and bags.
This is a good restaurant and brew pub in a quite neighborhood in the City of Chicago. It is lively. Also, accessible with the train.
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Iron Horse Ale House
6158 North Northwest Highway
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This is a good restaurant and brew pub in a quite neighborhood in the City of Chicago. It is lively. Also, accessible with the train.
This is the night life district. Has a lot of restaurants too.
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River North
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This is the night life district. Has a lot of restaurants too.
This has been a popular place for years. In the summer there is outdoor seating. Right across from the train station. Same train that goes to Des Plaines.
Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria Edison Park
6727 North Olmsted Avenue
This has been a popular place for years. In the summer there is outdoor seating. Right across from the train station. Same train that goes to Des Plaines.
Food Scene
This place has the best chocolate donuts.
Cumberland Station Bake Shop
36 Northwest Hwy
This place has the best chocolate donuts.
It is a little farther away, but it is an excellent restaurant and it is in a great restaurant and bar area know as Edison Park with other places. You can take the train too.
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Zia's Trattoria
6699 North Northwest Highway
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It is a little farther away, but it is an excellent restaurant and it is in a great restaurant and bar area know as Edison Park with other places. You can take the train too.
This place has great Mexican Food. They also have night life, but I have never gone. You have to let me know if it is as good as the food.
Taco Village
1590 Rand Rd
This place has great Mexican Food. They also have night life, but I have never gone. You have to let me know if it is as good as the food.
Great traditional Chicago Hot Dogs and Fries
Rand Red Hots
1441 Rand Rd
Great traditional Chicago Hot Dogs and Fries
This restaurant has a lot of great specials breakfast items.
Katie's Kitchen
623 N Wolf Rd
This restaurant has a lot of great specials breakfast items.
This is great place for kid's. At lunch time it is ver busy, Bid kids can go at dinner time for a very taste hamburger, which will still be brought by the train.
The Choo Choo
600 Lee Street
This is great place for kid's. At lunch time it is ver busy, Bid kids can go at dinner time for a very taste hamburger, which will still be brought by the train.
Nice little Italian restaurant that has been around forever. The thin pizza is the best. It also delivers.
Romano's Restaurant
9785 W Higgins Rd
Nice little Italian restaurant that has been around forever. The thin pizza is the best. It also delivers.
This is a popular restaurant with some very unusual pizzas.
Holt's
43 S Prospect Ave
This is a popular restaurant with some very unusual pizzas.
Great greek food and the price is right. A nice restaurant Oompa!
Mykonos Greek Restaurant
8660 W Golf Rd
Great greek food and the price is right. A nice restaurant Oompa!
This is something different. It was a long time before I ate a maki, but once I did I was hooked. Give it a try.
Blufish Sushi Bistro
130 N Northwest Hwy
This is something different. It was a long time before I ate a maki, but once I did I was hooked. Give it a try.
The food here is very good and they have a lot of good specials. It is a little higher end, so it is not right for a tight budget.
Cafe Lucci
609 Milwaukee Ave
The food here is very good and they have a lot of good specials. It is a little higher end, so it is not right for a tight budget.
This place is a piece of history. It is perfect for a traditional breakfast. It serves lunch and dinner too.
Sugar Bowl
1494 Miner St
This place is a piece of history. It is perfect for a traditional breakfast. It serves lunch and dinner too.
This is a restaurant but I like it for their great selection of beer.
Tap House Grill
This is a restaurant but I like it for their great selection of beer.
This is unbelievable fast food. It is only open for lunch and is usually busy. There is very little indoor sitting, so it is best to go in the summer.
Paradise Pup
1724 S River Rd
This is unbelievable fast food. It is only open for lunch and is usually busy. There is very little indoor sitting, so it is best to go in the summer.
This is popular place. The food is over the top. It is BYOB.
VIA ROMA
686 Lee St
This is popular place. The food is over the top. It is BYOB.
The bakery goods here are great and it is nice that it is so close. Has a sitting area so you can eat there.
Amazing Breads and Cakes LLC
1460 Miner St
The bakery goods here are great and it is nice that it is so close. Has a sitting area so you can eat there.
You have to take the train downtown, but it is worth it. The outdoor seating is right on the River and the food is great. On weekdays it is a great place for happy hour.
Rivers Restaurant
30 South Wacker Drive
You have to take the train downtown, but it is worth it. The outdoor seating is right on the River and the food is great. On weekdays it is a great place for happy hour.
This is a family operated restaurant with a lot of great specials. It is a good value for a nice restaurant.
Giacomo's Ristorante Italiano
740 N Wolf Rd
This is a family operated restaurant with a lot of great specials. It is a good value for a nice restaurant.
Just make a left turn. Rand Road changes to Northwest Highway. This restaurant is in park Ridge. The Pizza is made in a brick oven, which make it very favorful. It is also a very cozy restaurant.
Affresco Ristorante
11 N Northwest Hwy
Just make a left turn. Rand Road changes to Northwest Highway. This restaurant is in park Ridge. The Pizza is made in a brick oven, which make it very favorful. It is also a very cozy restaurant.
This is a classic Chicago institution. I would not say that it is a Chicago Style Hot Dog. It is unique gem in the world of Hot Dogs.
Superdawg Drive-In
333 S Milwaukee Ave
This is a classic Chicago institution. I would not say that it is a Chicago Style Hot Dog. It is unique gem in the world of Hot Dogs.
This a classic French Bristro and it does not disappoint. The menu is not extensive, but everything that I have had was great.
Café Touché - French Bistro & Wine Bar
6731 North Northwest Highway
This a classic French Bristro and it does not disappoint. The menu is not extensive, but everything that I have had was great.
This is a family ice cream parlor. It has some great flavors.
Capannari Ice Cream and Catering
10 South Pine Street
This is a family ice cream parlor. It has some great flavors.
Shopping
This is a great old fashion garden center. It is packed in the spring and has a huge selection.
Pesche's Flowers
170 S River Rd
This is a great old fashion garden center. It is packed in the spring and has a huge selection.
This is the best TV and appliance store in the Chicagoland area. It has an amazing selection and great service.
Abt Electronics
1200 N Milwaukee Ave
This is the best TV and appliance store in the Chicagoland area. It has an amazing selection and great service.
This is a traditional outlet mall. It is popular since it is close to the city.
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Fashion Outlets of Chicago
5220 Fashion Outlets Way
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This is a traditional outlet mall. It is popular since it is close to the city.
This is one of the nicest malls in Chicagoland.
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Old Orchard Shopping Center
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This is one of the nicest malls in Chicagoland.
Essentials
Full grocery store and large selection of international items.
Shop & Save Market
518 Metropolitan Way
Full grocery store and large selection of international items.
This is the closes drug store.
Walgreens
1378 Miner St
This is the closes drug store.
This meat market has top quality meat. Also has a lot of prepared food, which is good for an easy meal.
Devon Avenue Meats
800 Devon Ave
This meat market has top quality meat. Also has a lot of prepared food, which is good for an easy meal.
Entertainment & Activities
This is a state of the art driving range. It has heated bays and is open year round. The restaurant and bar are also very good.
Golf Center Des Plaines
353 N River Rd
This is a state of the art driving range. It has heated bays and is open year round. The restaurant and bar are also very good.
Popular outdoor water park
Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center
2025 Miner St
Popular outdoor water park
This bowling alley is close. I am not a bowler, so I don't know much about it.
River Rand Bowl
191 S River Rd
This bowling alley is close. I am not a bowler, so I don't know much about it.
The City of Park Ridge is a nice suburb just to the south of Des Plaines. It is two train stops away if you take the train. It has a downtown district the has shops, historic theater and restaurants. In the summer on Friday nights there are concerts in the park. Bring some food to eat and bring something to drink.
Park Ridge
The City of Park Ridge is a nice suburb just to the south of Des Plaines. It is two train stops away if you take the train. It has a downtown district the has shops, historic theater and restaurants. In the summer on Friday nights there are concerts in the park. Bring some food to eat and bring something to drink.
This is one of the better things to do with children.
Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Boulevard
This is one of the better things to do with children.
The main theater is classic art deco style. The marque has been used for television shows. Check the listing. There are four theater in total, but go to the others for the movies not the decor.
Pickwick Theatre
5 South Prospect Avenue
The main theater is classic art deco style. The marque has been used for television shows. Check the listing. There are four theater in total, but go to the others for the movies not the decor.
A nice miniature golf course close to the house. There is also an outdoor driving range. All weather range is the golf center.
Harry Semrow Miniature Golf
1150 E Golf Rd
A nice miniature golf course close to the house. There is also an outdoor driving range. All weather range is the golf center.
It is a little farther away, but most interesting miniature golf. Make sure you stop at Superdawg on the way.
Par-King Skill Golf
21711 N Milwaukee Ave
It is a little farther away, but most interesting miniature golf. Make sure you stop at Superdawg on the way.
Getting Around
The train station is Des Plaines is the gateway to everything by either train (Metra) or by Bus (Pace). Make sure you check the schedules especially on weekends. Also, purchase your ticket prior to boarding.
Des Plaines
1501 Miner Street
The train station is Des Plaines is the gateway to everything by either train (Metra) or by Bus (Pace). Make sure you check the schedules especially on weekends. Also, purchase your ticket prior to boarding.
This the way to get to the elevated and subway system for the City of Chicago. You can take the train from Des Plaines and transfer. You have to buy tickets in a vending machine.
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Jefferson CTA "L" Park Blue Line
4917 N Milwaukee Ave
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This the way to get to the elevated and subway system for the City of Chicago. You can take the train from Des Plaines and transfer. You have to buy tickets in a vending machine.
This is a another stop on the Blue line of the elevated and subway system. You have to take the Pace bus. Also they do not use the same tickets. All tickets have to be bought in a vending machine.
Harlem Blue Line Station
This is a another stop on the Blue line of the elevated and subway system. You have to take the Pace bus. Also they do not use the same tickets. All tickets have to be bought in a vending machine.
Parks & Nature
This is a great bike trail. You can also catch it closer to the house than it is shown on the map. It is east of the house just after crossing the river. Use the crosswalk with caution and the sidewalk on the south side of the street to get there as the traffic is busy.
Des Plaines River Trail
This is a great bike trail. You can also catch it closer to the house than it is shown on the map. It is east of the house just after crossing the river. Use the crosswalk with caution and the sidewalk on the south side of the street to get there as the traffic is busy.
This is a quiet park in the neighbor that has a nice play ground and a comfortable place to relax.
Sesquicentennial Park
239-245 Grove Ave
This is a quiet park in the neighbor that has a nice play ground and a comfortable place to relax.
This is a real gem in the Chicago Area. It is a great place to walk around. The gardens are beautiful.
Lake-Cook Rd & Turnbull Woods Ct
This is a real gem in the Chicago Area. It is a great place to walk around. The gardens are beautiful.