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768 N Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1809
+1 847-234-9844
11:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 01:00
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99 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not sure if this placed has changed in 30 years. Some would call it timeless, I call it tired. Very basic bar food, burgers, salads and sandwiches. Kids like it because of the trains running near the ceiling. Probably last place open late at night if you are out of other options. In that case its fine.

1 Thank TimeTraveler123
Palos Hills, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our grandkids here and had a very enjoyable meal. Everyone liked what they ordered. I only wish that the trains were running in both rooms.

Thank Andreatte B
Madison, Wisconsin
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great burgers, cozy neighborhood feel. One of those places that's been around forever--we were with a 55 yr old friend who said she came here as a child with her family.

Thank 5Martini5
Lake Forest, Illinois
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Some of the best I have had. Wish they still offered their incredible baked beans though. I always get the 4 piece so I have leftovers to enjoy the next day.

Thank Dennis M
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

If I have a desire for an excellent burger, this is the place I go. There are always families present with children and the atmosphere is very casual in the dining room. The bar side is exclusively for adults. It's a popular and friendly place in town for pub food so don't expect a gourmet meal. Service is friendly and... More 

Thank joann d
Highland Park, Illinois
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143 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We hadn't been here in a while (counted by years) and decided to revisit. My burger and my wife's turkey burger were big and tasty. The brioche buns were thick but the bottom portion gets soggy from burger juices. My sandwich had swiss cheese ($.75 extra) which attached the burger to the top of the bun, putting the lettuce, tomato... More 

Thank GerfnitAuthor
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Standard US tavern/pub type food, the Burgers looked good but we didn't try them. Friendly place with a nice crowd.

Thank Andrew D H
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

My supervisor took me to lunch on my next-to-last day of work. My choice was The Lantern. Tiffany burger with seasoned fries - yum. Cooked exactly as requested. Hopefully I'll return to the area in the future and can indulge again. The Lantern is one of the places I'll truly miss. I've never had a bad meal here in over... More 

Thank Susan2904
Highland Park, Illinois
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137 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

I love a tavern and bar food. The Lantern never changes and it is a great neighborhood joint. The beer is cold, the burgers are great and the homemade chips are excellent. The train that makes it's way around the ceiling is mesmerizing. I'm always glad to eat here!

Thank Beanie88
Algonac, Michigan
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

It's a locals hangout for sure but staff was very nice. The food is good not great. My husband had the pork belly burger and it was good. It was not as tender as he thought it would be though.

Thank Reese_ml

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 768 N Western Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1809
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 847-234-9844

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?