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Gene’s Sausage Shop

Gene’s Sausage Shop

Butcher, American Restaurant, and Deli / Bodega
Chicago
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2013
    The corned beef sandwich is the total package: fantastic corned beef and fresh rye bread generously flecked with caraway seeds, tangy pickles, a stone-ground mustard, and horseradish cheddar cheese.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 24, 2013
    In summer, pick enjoy brats from “Gene's Bier Garden” on the third-floor roof, where long picnic tables and four taps add to the German beer-garden setting. http://tmout.us/maA24 Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJuly 26, 2016
    This low-key rooftop is filled with picnic tables, giant umbrellas and the smell of sausages on the grill. They've got a half German, half American draft program, and a great food menu. Read more
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleSeptember 21, 2014
    Find the most obscure bottle of eastern European amaro you can find in the liquor section upstairs, then pair it with whatever suits your fancy from the butcher.
  • Anna V.
    Anna VMay 13, 2014
    Gene's is fantastic! Awesome selection of imports. Take the time to stop by and explore everything there is to offer. You won't be disappointed.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineSeptember 20, 2010
    The original Gene's opened in 1972. Last year, the Luszcz family opened this second location across town. The new Lincoln Square satellite is a two-story specialty grocery, ideal for grabbing picnic p Read more
  • Dave
    DaveSeptember 3, 2014
    This place is a magical wonderland of awesomeness! I wouldn't be surprised if they had unicorn steaks somewhere in their extensive meat and deli counter.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Gene's stocks dry aged and grass fed beef (aged in-house) and an exceptional variety of sausages. Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RappleyMarch 22, 2015
    The prepared foods are the best. Pierogis and soups are delicious and easy. My favorite is the lima bean stew
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneApril 30, 2015
    The chicken noodle soup Gene's Sausage Shop begins and ends with the restorative broth, cooked from Amish chickens in-store daily, tasting like chicken times 1,000. No hyperbole. Read more
  • Ed L.
    Ed LevineDecember 30, 2016
    Fantastic butcher, nice selection of wine and beer, and everything else you need to make a fine meal
  • Erin C.
    Erin ColesMay 29, 2013
    Rooftop is perfect...cheap tall boys ($3...stiegl radler tallboys too!), solid goulash and potato pancakes. Wunderbar!
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarxNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I loved the previous space, Meyers. But Gene's is a nice upgrade. Pretzel bread is good (only day-of). And I highly recommend the double-smoked pork loin.
  • Lauren O.
    Lauren O'ConnorDecember 6, 2015
    Amazing perogis. Lots of fun foods to try, good meats. One of my favorite places in Lincoln square
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyJanuary 11, 2015
    All the meat, sweets, alcohol and groceries you'll ever need from Europe. Unbeatable rooftop in the summer too.
  • Elise C.
    Elise CatalanotteFebruary 22, 2016
    Sausages, pierogi, best prepared soups in the city! Wine, beer and prepared foods selection is excellent.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HarndenJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The tip that you can't use reusable bags is not true. You cannot use them to gather items as you shop, you need to get a basket. You are more than welcome to use your reusable bags at checkout.
  • Nicole L. T.
    Nicole L. TownsendApril 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy everything in the store, and don't forget to check out the rooftop when the weather's nice.
  • Justin I.
    Justin IsraelsSeptember 29, 2014
    Sausages in every shape and color, nice selection of craft beer and a rooftop to sample it all
  • Merly p.
    Merly payneDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to stop by the meat counter to sample myriad sausages and other meats. But please don't hog the counter...
  • Wyn E.
    Wyn EvansOctober 26, 2015
    Awesome unique beers and cool food items. Genes is the neatest.
  • Manbque
    ManbqueApril 29, 2012
    Try a sample of their double smoked pork belly, then go upstairs and get a Schlenkerla smoked beer
  • Thea P.
    Thea PolancicMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their homemade liver wurst is a great deal and delicious.
  • Agatha
    AgathaDecember 19, 2009
    New Polish store in Lincoln Square. They have a lot of items from the motherland, but for some reason it just seems a little less authentic than spots like Andy's Deli
  • Katharine S.
    Katharine SpencerNovember 17, 2015
    The cheese! So much delicious havarti in one place!
  • Elise C.
    Elise CatalanotteFebruary 22, 2016
    Soups, pierogis and sausages to go! All excellent!
  • Matt Spudart M.
    Matt Spudart MaldreJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the commenters said they don't allow reusable grocery bags. They do allow them, but like any other place, you use them at check-out, not while shopping. #commonsense
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WellsMarch 13, 2011
    For my Bloody Marys, I use the giant kosher deli style dill pickle from the tank by the meats. Perfect.
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 25, 2010
    This is a cute shop for meats, sides, cheese. The pastry selection is pretty good too!
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NolanDecember 24, 2011
    Awesome selection of german meats and a chicago institution.
  • Sam T.
    Sam TuckerSeptember 10, 2012
    Hidden gem of a rooftop. Sausages are tough to bet too!
  • Graham D.
    Graham DavisMarch 24, 2013
    No better place to buy amazing sausage.
  • Linnéa L.
    Linnéa LJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    For all Swedes: they have a bunch of Swedish things here too!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 24, 2013
    Grab a number for the deli counter as soon as you walk in.
  • Kristen E.
    Kristen EdsonDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great liquor selection. I love just looking around
  • Nigel R.
    Nigel RoweJune 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Pitchers of craft beer, in the hot, hot sun.
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaJuly 25, 2015
    Suffice to say they have jars of, like, walkin'-around sausage
  • Brian Z.
    Brian ZerfasSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great sausages and breads for a nice lunch
  • Paul M.
    Paul MallattAugust 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Good, well priced meats and the friendly, helpful service can't be beat!
  • Louis
    LouisJune 30, 2013
    Rooftop is cool, but is cash only and slow so be prepared to wait.
  • Jace M.
    Jace MouseApril 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for kids treats like cookies and chocolates, cheaper than the bakery case at Selmarie.
  • Alysha B.
    Alysha BalogNovember 19, 2015
    It's all about a curry wurst on the roof top.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BonnivierAugust 27, 2013
    Mushroom Swiss sausage was right on!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RyllAugust 28, 2011
    Rooftop is cash only but there is an ATM there
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the guys working the meat counter, no joke, looks like Robin Williams.
  • Kate
    KateApril 2, 2012
    "Don't squeeze the cheese" but buy copious amounts of it
  • elizabeth S.
    elizabeth ScottSeptember 10, 2012
    Great meat display and rooftop bar.
  • Gregory D.
    Gregory DuchekFebruary 19, 2014
    Great customer service, friendly staff.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great liqueur selection.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CanzonaAugust 18, 2010
    Get a pretzel. In memory of the former space (Delicatessen Meyer)
  • Keith D.
    Keith DeserioJanuary 30, 2012
    Great European Market.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Whole rotisserie chicken for $4.99 wow!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Genes Sausage Shop as seen on Food Paradise Read more
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cheese selection!!!
  • Sandra K.
    Sandra KOctober 21, 2011
    You gotta go inside!!! Trust me.
  • Chicken
    ChickenJune 30, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They do not let you use your reusable grocery bags due to shoplifting fears
  • PB B.
    PB BrownDecember 6, 2012
    Eat lunch on the roof!
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KimOctober 24, 2012
    Tasty pasta!
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MillerOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the rooftop!
  • GirlX🍀
    GirlX🍀January 26, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Close at 4 on Sunday
  • Casey M.
    Casey McCowanJune 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Rooftop is great!
  • Mark R.
    Mark RowlandNovember 19, 2009
    Great sausage shop and other foodstuffs can be found here...
  • Brian Z.
    Brian ZerfasDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a pretzel, only 70 cents
  • Stacey F.
    Stacey FrankJanuary 5, 2010
    Go to Gene's for great cuts of meat, cheese, chocolate Read more
  • Jay G.
    Jay GeneskeAugust 2, 2010
    Perfection!
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