Fast Track | Near West Side | American | Restaurant
Quick-service grub served with plenty of attitude.

Our Review

What sets Fast Track apart from the typical Chicago char stand has something to do with attitude, and you get plenty of it. "Five thousand dollars and 26 cents, out of ten," says the gregarious counterman. "My wife thinks I’m funny-looking but not so funny." Foodwise, you have your ubiquitous Vienna beef and Rosen buns, your pizza puffs and cheese fries. But there’s a difference: the fries, sweet potato or regular, are hand-cut on the premises, the ham and turkey for sandwiches are baked fresh daily, and everything is made to order to the smallest detail. Fast Track also serves up a homemade soup of the day and offers a variety of juices along with the usual sodas. Photos of old Chicago streetcars line the walls, and the toy choo-choo circulating the room at ceiling level adds to the kid-friendly appeal. A few outdoor tables offer additional seating for diners who want to soak in the grim atmosphere of the Lake-Des Plaines intersection.

Kathie Bergquist

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