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McChesney's Pub a casual respite after a day on the links

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McChesney's Pub a casual respite after a day on the links

Ahi tuna is not your usual pub fare, but it's nicely done at McChesney's Pub & Grill at Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago.

Quick — make a list of the locations of your favorite lunch spots. It's doubtful that you listed "the golf course." Even if you're not a golfer, a lunch trip to Prairie Landings Golf Club in West Chicago can be a hole-in-one.

The newly renovated McChesney's Pub & Grill offers a comfortable setting and a filling meal at reasonable prices. Although a bit off the beaten path south of DuPage Municipal Airport and not too close to downtown Geneva, St. Charles or West Chicago, it is close enough for a nice getaway from the office for a quick (but extended) lunch.

The main building is the restored, historic 1868 McChesney house, moved from West Chicago to Prairie Landings in 1992. Recently renovated and expanded to include a golf shop and banquet hall, the main area of this redbrick structure is a comfortable, contemporary dining room featuring wood panels, fireplaces and seating for around 40-45 guests. Large-screen televisions are tuned to local and national sports and complimentary Wi-Fi is available (helping to extend that "working lunch").

The crowd at McChesney's is mainly golfers either starting a round or coming in after their game for refreshments. Even though, this is a welcoming place for the non-golfing crowd. The low volume on the TV sets — just loud enough to hear but not overpowering — allows easy conversation over lunch. Most of the "noise" here are golfers recounting their scores and swings.

The friendly and casual servers are attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. There's also a nice selection of domestic beers (Miller, Bud, Coors), imports (Heineken, Amstel, Stella Artois) and craft brews (Two Brothers, Goose Island, Fat Tire, Bell's, LaGunitas), however, all are bottled — no beers are on tap. On the extremely hot day we visited, the most popular drink ordered were rounds of icy Arnold Palmers.

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