BOB CHINN’S – Bob Chinn’s Crab House – 393 S Milwaukee Ave, (between Edgewood Dr & Jeffery Ave), Wheeling, IL 60090 – (847) 520-3633 – http://www.bobchinns.comHours: Mon-Thu 11 am – 10:30 pm, Fri 11 am – 11:30 pm, Sat 8 am – 11:30 pm, Sun 8 am – 10 pm, Parking:Private Lot, Valet, Attire: Casual – Full Bar
Q-Tips say: Go for the Seafood tho they do have steaks.
The Garlic Rolls are addictive and wonderful. Not a romantic place but the food, service, quality and Mai Tia drinks are outstanding.
Celebrated a birthday for the Mr. We enjoyed our Blue Crab Claws with lots of garlic. Mrs. Q had the salad bar and Mr. Q. had a dozen oysters as our appetizers. With a 25% off for the birthday and a free small cake was a great way to celebrate.
A bit of Bob Chinn History: Bob Chinn was born in Duluth, Minnesota on March 2nd, 1923 – the 3rd of 7 children. His parents, Wai and Yung Shee Ong Chinn, were immigrants from the Chinese city of Toishan. After a short stint working at a California laundry, Bob’s parents moved to the Midwest and entered the Chinese restaurant business. As a young boy Bob moved to the north side of Chicago, just 2 blocks from Wrigley Field. His parents owned the popular Uptown restaurant called “New Wilson Village”. Bob had plenty of opportunities to learn about the restaurant business as a youngster helping out at the family business.
His favorite childhood memory is of the Depression Era when his father lost his businesses and got to spend all his time with us. Bob developed a fondness for baseball in general, and the Chicago Cubs in particular, around this same time. His love for the game has not diminished through the years. He unwinds by watching the games or going to the racetrack for horse racing. Bob is also a voracious reader and enjoys films and live theater.
Bob’s first job was delivering Chinese food on foot at the age of 14 for another Oriental restaurant. He left high school and joined the army during World War II. He served for 3 years outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland with the 46th Field Artillery Battalion.
When a serious fire damaged his parents’ restaurant, Bob bought the slightly damaged kitchen equipment and started up his own carryout business. The “Golden Pagoda” was in Evanston near the Coronet Theatre. Three years later Bob and Jean moved the business to Wilmette opening the “House of Chan”. Bob left the “House of Chan” in Jean’s and Brother-in-law, John’s, capable hands in the 70′s in order to open the “Kahala Terrace” with his brother, Wally. Although successful in this venture, Bob found he needed a new challenge.
In 1978 he and daughter, Marilyn, began to travel around the country doing research for the Midwestern seafood restaurant Bob had envisioned for some time. After years of planning and development the father/daughter team negotiated the purchase of a shuttered building on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. The 175 seat “Bob Chinn’s Crab House” Restaurant opened two days before Christmas in 1982.
Mrs. Q says: What a work ethic! Good for you Bob.