The Silo in Lake Bluff
Giordanos in Gurnee
Someone had asked about shakes.
I did not get a shake while there...but there are Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins dotted around the area. I believe there is one on Buckley and Green Bay Road.
Then there is the Gurnee Mall which is just a short drive away.
The Mall has a Rain Forest Cafe and LOTS of other eats!
I live in CA. We do not have Cracker Barrels. I don't believe you can GET a bad meal here. Breakfast for four of us was $40 plus a tip.
Our favorite breakfast place was not to far from the mall--Cracker Barrel.
There is also an IHOP near it and a Joes Crab Shack.
The Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon is in the Gurnee Mills Mall parking lot. It is right off of Grand Avenue.
There is also a place called the Steak and Shake that makes hand dipped shakes and their burgers are "steakburgers" Ground from steak, I think. I kept driving past it and thinking that we really ought to try it...but we never did.
Lone Star Steakhouse
I have read a few other posts that this place is very good!
Steak n Shake
Here is a link on this site to a discussion about places to eat.
Reply by m3 on June 16, 2011 at 11:30am
Just throwing in my 2 cents!
In waukegan in the Fountain Square Plaza(5 miles from base), there are a lot of places:
BW3 (10 discount if your sailor is in uniform)
Anastasia's restaurant & sports
Bank of america
fifth third bank
And a bowling alley
There is also a gas station
Reply by m3 on June 16, 2011 at 11:36am
Vernon Hills Mall
There is also Deer Park Town Shopping center. It's and outside shopping center.
american eagle....just to name a few stores...
There are plenty of places to eat out there, our favorite is California Pizza kitchen!!
There is another CPK and Apple store at Northbrook. A little more upscale then the other malls
We spent our PIR weekend at the deer park and vernon hills malls but there are a lot of other things to do!
There is 6 flags great america
Free Jelly Belly Factory Tour in Wisconsin (about 25 min away) Lots of free samples!!
Linkin Park Zoo in Chicago (free! Just have to pay for parking....Its on the outside of the city so traffic is not bad)
And of course all the sight seeing in the city.
Reply by jma1216 Ship 2 Div 940 on Sunday
On Grand Avenue (5404) there is a pizza place named Rosati's. They serve Chicago dogs, italian beef sandwiches, and real Chicago style pizza (thin crust, cut in squares!) It is where I used to eat as a teenager, I grew up about 15 SW of the RTC.
For Friday night graduation dinner we went to Sullivan's Steakhouse, 250 Marriott Dr Lincolnshire. It was about a 20 minute drive from our hotel (Residence Inn, Gurnee). The food was absolutely amazing, and very pricey, about $50.00 + per person, hubby and I got a bottle of wine, about $30.00. We had planned on going in to the city to Gene and Georgettis, but due to time constraints we had to stay closer to base. We had been planning on the splurge since he left.
If you're ready to put a dent in your wallet I highly recommend it, and be sure to try the mac and cheese!!
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Dining at Navy Pier - Food Court
Following is a list of our food court patrons, providing a variety of tastes to please everyone's palate:
America's Dog - Choose from 13 savory versions of the hotdog, including the Boston (bean) dog, the Houston (chili) dog and, of course, the Chicago (all toppings) dog.
Auntie Anne's - Auntie Anne's mixes, twists and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection in full view of customers. Its freshly baked, hand-rolled soft pretzels come in a variety of flavors from Cinnamon Sugar to Sour Cream & Onion, all with a pretzel perfect guarantee. Auntie Anne's also serves Pretzel Stix, Pretzel Dogs, Pepperoni Pretzel, and its signature lemonade, along with a selection of dipping sauces to complement every pretzel flavor. Contact Telephone: 312-595-5557.
Ben & Jerry's - Treat your taste buds to great ice cream in generous portions with favorite flavors such as Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream!
Carnelli's Deli - Featuring creative gourmet sandwiches, pasta salads and Mama's chicken noodle soup, the deli also offers a health conscious menu and favorites for kids.
Connie's Pizza - Visitors can create a 7' personal mini pizza. The menu also includes homemade soups, salads and pastas.
Garrett Popcorn Shops - A Chicago tradition for 60 years, handmade fresh every day, one batch at a time, using only the highest quality ingredients. For more information call 888-4-popcorn (888-476-7267) or click here
Greek Delight - Get a taste of the Mediterranean with gyros sandwiches, Greek salads, pork and chicken kabobs and tasty baklava for dessert.
Jamba Juice - Jamba Juice® is the leading blender of fruit and other naturally healthy ingredients, including the company's signature fruit smoothies such as Strawberries Wild® and Five-Fruit Frenzy®. Made with 100% real fruits and fruit juices, these natural, freshly blended-to-order fruit smoothies provide three-to-five of the daily-recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and are available in a variety of sizes and options to accommodate every activity level and diet objective. Contact Telephone: 312-595-5557.
King Wah Express - Direct from Chicago's Chinatown, King Wah provides favorites such as sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, pot stickers, egg rolls and fortune cookies.
McDonald's The Future - Visit the most exciting and unique McDonald's in the Chicagoland area. This 7,500-square-foot restaurant features hourly laser light shows, videos and electronic gadgets to fascinate children of all ages. A retail store is also available, selling McDonald's novelty items and easy-wear clothing. For more information, please call 312-832-1640.
Starbucks - Starbucks Coffee offers its many varieties of coffee and fresh, rich-brewed, Italian style espresso beverages, along with its wide variety of pastries, and a great selection of coffee-related accessories and equipment. Starbucks at Navy Pier can be reached at 312-595-5502.
Twisted Lizard - Enjoy moderately priced southwestern and Mexican cuisine such as burritos, tacos and salads.
Dining at Navy Pier - Seasonal
Late Spring through early Fall, Dock Street food vendors and the Navy Pier Beer Garden are additional dining options available to you.
A delightful Mexican cantina, Chango Loco is a fiesta of great food at budget-pleasing prices presented in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Choose from an array of Mexican favorites including nachos, tacos and carne asada - all served by a friendly, efficient staff. Chango Loco will also be overflowing with specialty drinks, which include the pink senora and the Sauza Cosmopolitan to name a few. Of course, margaritas, daiquiris and cervezas will be pouring as well. Change Logo is nestled next to Navy Pier's Crystal Garden so patrons can also enjoy terrific views of the Pier and city skyline.
For more information, call 312-595-5434.
Dock Street Vendors
Taylor Street Trolley (frozen lemonade, ice cream)
East West Camera (Pier Park)
Kiddie Train Express (moves to South Arcade in October)
Ben & Jerry's
Landshark Beer Garden at Navy Pier
The Landshark Beer Garden on the East End of Navy Pier is a great place to unwind and enjoy Chicago's lakefront while listening to live music five nights a week. Headlined by its signature, Landshark Lager, the beverage menu includes imports, microbrews and domestic beers, as well as trendy cocktails and frozen drinks. The walk-up window features favorite summer foods like pizza, brats and burgers. (Seasonal)
Click here for more information and the music schedule.