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Chow time!


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) 


Sweet Tomatoes

Jimmy Johns


Pot Bellies


Anastasia's restaurant & sports

Dunkin Donuts

Star Bucks





Office Max 

Fashion Bug 

Sallies Buty




Game Stop



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. 

Apple Store

Victorias secret

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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Comment by kjkooz on September 10, 2011 at 5:50pm

Thanks for the great info! Did you make a reservation at Sullivan's?

There is a wonderful steakhouse called "Stevens", located in a small strip mall just across the way from 6-flags.  From the exterior we thought it was informal... but glad we were dressed up.  Very pricey, but one of the best steaks we have had in years!!  We did not have reservations... but apparently they do recommend them.


We ate at the Cracker Barrel... and were sorely disappointed... food was cold and didnt taste right.

There are two Olive Gardens in the area.  They are always good.


For those with sailors that will be attending A-school in GL... the NEX offers discounts off of 6-flags!!  it saved us like $20 per admission ticket.  Good thing, because parking was $20 (sheesh)


On the Navy Pier, there is Bubba Gumps!!!  OMG they have fantastic shrimp dinners and great drinks :-)


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