Des Plaines Travel Guide

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Des Plaines Things to Do

  • McDonald's Store # 1 (& Museum)

    Ray Kroc first opened for business there on April 15, 1955. But today it is simply a museum. It is open only for a limited time during the summer, but you can look at it from the street any day of the year. While there is a technicality that the 'first' McDonald's was in southern California, this is the location of the first franchised...

  • Hindi Movies in an Unlikely Place

    I didn't get a chance to see a movie there, but the Des Plaines Theater (the only movie theater in Des Plaines, from what I can see) runs Indian-language movies exclusively. It seems an unlikely place since I didn't notice evidence of a particularly large Indian population (or large minority populations of any kind, for that matter). Wish I could...

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  • Kick ass burgers, hot dogs & sausages

    If you happen to watch the FoodTV network, I'm sure you've seen the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Well Guy Fieri (the host) happened to stop by Paradise Pup where he did a show on the food made here; specifically the burgers. They are very good and and well worth the wait as there will be a line to get in. I ordered the Char Bacon Burger...

  • Chinese Lunch

    I often went here from the Institute for lunch. The base price was $5.95 for the lunch specials, which worked out to $6.95 with tip for a total bill. Their website says: "made to order and made fresh from only the highest quality meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Moreover, we can create your own sensational taste."We are Cantonese & Mandarin...

  • Express Eating at the Airport

    I got a chicken pita at the airport for lunch. I usually got pizza or something like that when I was waiting for my plane at the airport. In addition to the airport operation there was a regular restaurant:Hours of OperationMonday - Thursday11:00 AM - 11:00 PMFriday - Saturday11:00 AM - 12:00 AMSunday12:00 PM - 10:00 PM I have not been to the...

  • Good weekend breakfasts

    I used to live about 5 minutes walk from the Choo Choo. The novelty of this small restaurant is that they serve your dishes to your table by means of an electric train that circles the restaurant. A great place to bring young kids. All dishes are all good. It is a burger joint, so obviously the burgers are the way to go...

  • Fresh seafood deli

    Don's Dock has been open since the 1930's. They offer up deli-style seafood and fish sandwiches and lunches.They also offer many of the fresh catches on their ice displays to be sold by-the-pound, same as a fish market. Their lunch specials are always a good bargain. Their monthly special is always a good choice. The last time I was there it was a...

  • The Small Place with BIG TASTE

    Open only during the summer months, Paradise Pup is a wonderful place to go on a sunny day. The restaurant is small, seating only a few people inside, but that is not why you go there.The burgers constantly rate amung the city's best, and the outdoor seating on the picnic tables gives you a good breath of fresh air! The burgers are large, juicy...

  • A Meal on a Bun

    "Voted #1 by Chicago Sun Times for BEST hot dog"If you can put it on a bun they serve it, with all kinds of toppings in whatever combination you want. They serve a few things not on buns too - soup, fresh salad, 1/2 rotisserie chicken. Quick, inexpensive, and tasty, and call ahead for really fast pickup.

  • Deep Dish Pizza

    This is an Italian restaurant primarily known for their pizza. They also do delivery, which was important as I didn't have a car.From their website - from an interview in 1992"My brother Joseph and I both own and cook for Giordano's. We were born ina small northern Italian town near Torino, where our mother was know for her exquisite dishes. Of all...

  • Part of the Best Western

    I became aquainted with this restaurant when I stayed at the Best Western. So when I stayed up the road across the canal at the Doubletree Club Hotel, I either walked down the street or crossed over the canal and came here to eat. The address of the restaurant is Rosemont, but I've listed it under Des Plaines because I could walk to it from Des...


Des Plaines Transportation

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    Train to Des Plaines

    by DSwede Written May 14, 2007

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    The Blue Line only services Rosemont and Cumberland stops before ending at O'Hare.

    Therefore if you want to go to Des Plaines, you will have to take the Northwest Metra Line.

    It takes about 50 minutes from downtown to Des Plaines. View Metra website for full schedule.

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Des Plaines Favorites

  • October 1996 Trip

    The Hampton Inn had previously given us transport to the OTI, but had decided to stop doing that. However someone who didn't know that had taken my reservation and they were going to honor it. But this was the last time that I could stay here.10-20-1996 - Husband dropped me off at the airport. Got a bagel sandwich $7.33 Stayed at the Hampton Inn....

  • October 1997 Trip

    List of Expenses from October 1997 trip:10-20-97 Cab to airport $10.00 Ticket to Chicago paid for by work Transport to hotel - courtesy van Dinner Au Bon Pain (hotel restaurant) $9.69 Doubletree Club Hotel $97.34 (government rate) [same for each night]10-21-97 - Au Bon Pain - $4.44 (breakfast -bagel, scone, hot chocolate) Courtesy van to OSHA...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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