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We will be flying to Chicago for my son's graduation..I wanted to know if anyone can recommend a great steak restaurant.  I was looking something similar to Famous Dave's.  Any suggestions...





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I have sent as request to my daughter in law who along with my son lives in Great Lakes asking her if she knows of one. Will post if she or he does.
Ok she told me Flanigans.  Dont know if that is what you want but they have been living there for over a year and that is what she came up with.

Thanks, Gwen B.   I am hoping that we can take my son to a special dinner after his ceremony..Can't wait to see him!



We were just saying the same. But we couldn't find anything. Thinking of going into Chicago.
Chicago sounds good..since we will have a rental..
Kind of late for a reply... but maybe useful to those leaving soon :-)   We didnt find any good steak places in Waukegan/North Chicago.  But there was a Denny's very close to our motel (Residence Inn Waukegan) for cheap breakfast.  We took our daughter out for dinner at the Olive Garden.  It was very nice.  We brought our TomTom with us to Chicago, and it was a great help in locating local dining options.

This is a little late, but may help others going for PIR's or just to visit their Sailor. There is a restaurant "New Moon" on 41. It's on the east side of the street about a half mile before Buckley Rd. where you turn to go to GLNTC. We practically lived there every weekend when we went to see our son after his PIR.

Hope this helps someone!!

there is a lone-star very close.


Giovanni's chicago style pizza is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!


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