RE: Schoops Hamburgers
Define "lengthy". And are there any really good burger joints that you're aware of that are in between you and Schoop's?
Schoop's puts out a pretty good griddled burger. They cook them Steak N Shake style by slapping a large wad of ground beef onto a hot griddle and mashing it down as it cooks creating a very appetizing crispy dark brown edge around the burger. Their burgers are bigger, juicier, more flavorful, and more reasonably priced than Steak N Shake.
Schoop's home region is northwest Indiana with a few locations also in the far southeast suburbs of Chicago. If I just happen to be down in either of those areas, and I just happen to pass by a Schoop's, and I just happen to be hungry, I will stop in without a moments hesitation. However, seeing as how there are plenty of good burger joints to be had all over Chicago and its suburbs, I see no reason to make a special trip down to the nearest Schoop's which is a good 25 miles away or more.
Hope that explanation answers your question.