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The Great Escape

October 7, 2021 - Join Us For Oktoberfest!

Today's Specials Include:

Mustard Crusted Bass, Walnut Crusted Salmon, Sautéed Tilapia, and our delicious Monte Cristo Soups of the day are Split Pea and French Onion. Be sure to enjoy an ice cold Spaten Octoberfest on draft for a limited time!

Oktoberfest Specials!

Giant Pretzel –  served with cheese and mustard – $8.95

Kassler Rippchen –  (Smoked Pork Chops) served with red cabbage and potato pancakes – $14.95

Bratwurst & Thuringer –  served over red and white cabbage, with german potatoes and whole grain mustard – $13.95

Jager Schnitzel –  ( Pork Tenderloin) served with red cabbage, dumplings, and brown gravy – $14.95

Huner Schnitzel –  ( Chicken) served with red cabbage, German potatoes, and brown gravy – $14.95

Schweineshaxe-  ( Pork Shank) served over red & white cabbage and German potatoes – $23.95


Our Story

More than just a restaurant. Find out what makes the Great Escape a special place

The Great Escape is truly the place to be for all occasions. Enjoy a fabulous meal in a warm & cozy atmosphere without breaking the bank. After dining, stop by our antique bar where Al Capone drank and Tom Mix made silent movies in the early 1900’s. The bar was built on this site in 1889 when the Iron Horse steam engines rule the plains.

Al and Marie Great opened their first restaurant in 1958 called The Drift Inn. It was a warm neighborhood place which specialized in the best baby back ribs and broasted chicken that the Chicago area had ever tasted. The business ran successfully until 1981 when Al and Marie sold the business and retired. Many years passed and people were asking when the Great family would get back into the restaurant business. Well here it is, revived by the entire family, we proudly bring you— The Great Escape. Combining a terrific restaurant, lounge and banquet facility with our timeless and tasty recipes, The Great Escape is truly the place to be for all occasions.

Catering Service Available

You may order catering directly from us by calling: (847) 671-7171

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We Proudly Use Klean Guard 48 to clean our restaurant and bar!

Every night we fog our entire establishment with KleanGuard 48 surface protection because it is the only product we have found that offers: 

  • 48 Hour Protection for our guests and team members
  • Antiviral and Antimicrobial properties built-in to protect the product
  • No harsh Bleach or Chemicals

We also use this product to wipe down all surfaces, menus, doors, glass, and much much more. This safe, effective, and long-lasting product is safe to ingest and unlike harsh chemical cleaners, Kleanguard48™ will not strip paint, coatings, finishes, or ink off of surfaces.

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