The Junction Diner was born from a child's imagination. Kate and Brad Wahl's son Connor had just turned 1 and received a wooden train set. He played for well over an hour, delighting his parents, who had been searching for something that could keep their son's attention. The next step seemed as natural as a locomotive's forward momentum: they opened a train-themed restaurant to cater to parents and their kids.
Inside The Junction Diner, a long counter wraps around the room's center like a winding train track. Diners sit on either side, and servers move up and down the middle, carrying plates of food with playful, train-inspired names. Customers at the counter itself can even get their meals delivered by an actual train. The aptly titled "Lil Conductor's Menu" delights kids with mini burgers and cheese quesadillas, while older diners peruse "Box Car Burgers" made with certified Black Angus beef and "Junction Wraps" including the buffalo chicken, topped in buffalo sauce, veggies, and a choice of ranch dressing or blue cheese. Near the dining area, a large table with interactive model trains keeps kids busy while their parents finish meals.
With a stay at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago (Near South Side), you'll be minutes from McCormick Place and close to Art Institute of Chicago. This eco-friendly hotel is close to Art Institute of Chicago and Skydeck Ledge. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 800 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your bed comes with triple sheeting and down blankets. Relax and take in city and water views from the privacy of your room. Premium TV channels and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands. n Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Lebanon native and chef Maher Chebaro saw an open market for healthy Middle Eastern cuisine in Chicago. Falafill’s concept is simple: for $6–$8, you choose between a pita or a plastic bowl, select a falafel, and pile your dish high with fresh vegetables and sauces prepared daily.
Chocolate chips and graham crackers swirl into batter to make Toast’s S’more pancakes, which aren’t ready until a chef plops a dollop of marshmallow fluff on top. While they await plates of pancakes, eggs, or lunchtime sandwiches, kids can scrawl all over the butcher-block paper that covers each table.
Breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast, lunch for lunch—when it comes to meal time, there are no restrictions at Lucky Grill. But instead of just sticking to American comfort favorites like most diners and Uncle Sam, Lucky's cooks bring on the variety with traditional Greek, Irish, and Italian dishes, in addition to the American classics. The Irish breakfast loads plates with rasher bacon, black-and-white pudding, and grilled tomatoes, while italian sausage or feta gives the traditional eggs and toast or crispy sandwich a Mediterranean spin. Later-day options include sandwiches and burgers, as well as broiled chops and pasta dishes.
Surprisingly, a pair of brothers runs The Cousins; the name, however, represents the restaurant’s future ownership: their sons. Until the orange and green eatery changes hands, the brothers will continue to serve up Mexican-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner inspired by their south-of-the-border roots. WGN’s “Chicago’s Best” segment named it “Chicago’s Best Breakfast” after host Ted Brunson declared the house-specialty cousins skillet “really, really good. It’s not greasy at all. The potatoes are done perfectly, the chicken breast is tender, and, actually … I love the spinach.”