If you find yourself near Great America or Gurnee Mall there is a tiny Japanese restaurant called Hayashi that deserves a visit.
I went to Hayashi for a Friday lunch with a group of co-workers, at the recommendation of one who had very high praises. We went in a large group, but the restaurant is so small that there was not enough seating at the same table and we had to be separated into two groups.
The waiter seemed inexperienced and didn’t give us an overview of the specials, but I was pleasantly surprised when I checked out a menu that offers a reasonably priced wide selection of rolls, hot & cold appetizers, salads, noodles, lunch bento boxes, and even Donburi (Japanese Rice Bowl dishes). The daily specials were posted on the board at the entrance to the restaurant.
The rolls were not exceptional, as they were drenched in sauce and lacked artistic touch.
Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for fresh ingredients, well-balanced side dishes, pleasant atmosphere and quick and friendly service.