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L.A. Hound seeks the impossible, large group family dining - this friday

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I'm looking to save the day. We are a group of approx. 30, parents and kids on a team trip. We are staying near O'hare and are looking for a restaurant for dinner this Friday, April 8. ANY suggestions will be appreciated. We are open to almost anything, but cost is a consideration. Kids are age 6-12. We are definitely willing to travel via public transpo.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. This is sort of a shot in the dark, so I'll tell you what I know and what I don't know about a couple of possibilities. Most of what I don't know is whether these places have a private room and can handle a group your size, but you'll need to call ahead anyway, so you can ask. Believe me, you don't want to just walk into a place unannounced with a group of 30!

    Red Apple Buffet consists of two local Polish restaurants with food served buffet-style. The one at 6474 N Milwaukee is only a few miles from O'Hare. I've only been to the other one, which had a second room in the rear they could use for private parties, so I don't know if the one closer to O'Hare also has a private room. Kids love buffets and the price is right, so it's worth giving them a call. You'll find contact info for both locations on their website at www.redapplebuffet.com/maps.html

    Maria's is a Mexican restaurant in the O'Hare area. It's just okay, not unusual in any way, but it's not expensive and it's close by. I don't know if they have a private room. Look for contact info for the location on Foster on their website at www.mariasmexicanrestaurant.com

    If these two suggestions don't work, you could try giving the folks at Lettuce Entertain You a call. They have several dozen restaurants in the Chicago area, but most are in the downtown area and I don't think any are all that close to O'Hare. They have a variety of price points and could probably pull something together for you with very little advance notice, since this is what they do. They have a website for their private party group at www.lettuceparties.com so give them a call and explain your situation and see what they can come up with.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      thank you so much for the suggestions. I will check them out.