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The Chew Chew has a contemporary new website and video that capture the full experience of our restaurant — from the daily preparation our staff does hours before we open, all the way through closing time.

Check out the website here.  Check out the video here.

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From the new ABOUT section:

A note from a local “passenger” who embarked for this great ride 14 years ago:

This restaurant does not have to be as good as it is.

In the great food cities of America — New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle — it could more than hold its own.

The fact that it consistently delivers outstanding American dining in a town of under 9,000 speaks to a dedication and special quality that transcend location.

Just moments from the Metra stop in historic Riverside, Illinois, The Chew Chew Restaurant began in 1996 a block away as The Chew Chew Café, named for its close proximity to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line that rattled the dining room with each passing train.

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Owner and Executive Chef Scott Zimmer, who has amassed 30 years of life experience working for many local and national restaurant groups, has engineered a bit of a hospitality trifecta:

A two-level space with vintage décor that is a destination unto itself, a loyal staff that exudes service, teamwork, and professionalism, and food customers and critics both love.

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The Chew Chew averages 4.5 stars from Open Table, Urban Spoon, and Trip Advisor.

It was recognized as “Best of Chicago” by Chicago Magazine, and featured on ABC-TV.

Recently, it was featured on WTTW’s Emmy award-winning show, Check Please!

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This year, The Chew Chew received the Diner’s Choice Award from Open Table and ranked in the Top 10 of Chicago’s “Neighborhood Gems,” including 13 weeks at #1.

A trip to The Chew Chew from Chicago’s Union Station takes less time than it does from Wrigley Field to U.S. Cellular Field.

And yet you’ll be transported to a timeless place.

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No wonder The Chew Chew welcomes through its door over 50,000 people each year.

If you can, get a booth, decorated with original paintings by Chicago artist Bonnie Lecat, that will make you feel like you’re in a dining car on a train across America.

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Order a craft beer, a quartino of wine, or a classic cocktail (Chugga Chugga), and get ready to dine first class amidst the sights, smells, and sounds of The Chew Chew.

All aboard.

Website and video by Riverside-based creative agency Sticky.