Diners from the 1950s evoke nostalgia for bygone eatery styles, much like 1850s-style saloons and 25050 B.C.-style rockburger stands. Look to the past with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of traditional diner fare at Chickie's Diner in Park Ridge, a block from the Dee Road Metra stop.
Chickie's Diner delights three senses at once, filling bellies with comfort-food classics as it charms eyes and ears with 1950s trinkets and tunes. Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., the diner serves breakfast all day, greasing gullets with Chickie's Extravagant Scramble—three eggs, tomatoes, jalapeños, and hot italian sausage in a beer-cheese fascinator ($8.25). A made-to-order waffle ($5.25) with cherry compote ($1.25 extra) sates sweet teeth. At lunch, diners can flirt with a half-pound Poodle Skirted cheeseburger, so named because its glut of cheddar forms a crispy outfit fit for a swingin' sock hop or an ace HUAC hearing ($9.25). The King's Favorite smears creamy peanut butter onto grilled white bread and stuffs in bacon and bananas ($5.95). An open-faced Horseshoe—thick-cut toast with a choice of meat and a french-fry saddle ($8.75)—may be the lucky charm hapless lotto tickets need to turn their lives around.
Visitors can dive into a powder-blue booth surrounded by kitschy knickknacks, doing the swim as a 1957 bubbler jukebox gushes hits by Chubby Checker and the Shangri-Las. A Felix the Cat clock keeps a watchful eye over the ice-cream fountain, preventing sprinkle swipings and whipped-cream melees. Shuffle across a checkerboard floor, or prank call the past on an old-school pay phone. Chickie's also offers free WiFi for modern-day web surfers.