You know what's an awesome suburban chain? Colonial Cafe. Started in St Charles, the restaurants only go from Aurora to Crystal Lake; they offer a variety of delicious foods, including breakfast all day, and some killer ice cream.
Went with the hubby tonight to say goodbye -- we split an appetizer sampler, I had a spinach-tomato-feta omelet, and then brought home a peanut butter fudge sundae to share later. Mmmmm. Colonial, I'll miss you.