The 9 Best Sausages in Chicago

The rooftop beer garden'll return when (if?) it gets warm, and with it, the bratwurst plate -- a massive undertaking with a choice of two sides and a bratwurst you can do any of seven ways (Gene’s homemade, traditional German, Chicago-style, Sheboygan, mushroom Swiss, jalepeño, or apple)... but will do the Sheboygan way.Full Story

Eater Chicago

Guide: Where to Eat Soup During This Year’s Polar Vortex Winter

Cooked daily from Amish chickens, this vintage Polish delicatessen with two locations (Lincoln Square and 5330 W. Belmont) has a chicken noodle soup that doesn't skimp on flavor.Full Story

The Kitchn

5 Culinary Gifts to Bring Home from Your Next Escape

Gene's Sausage Shop is a fresh addition to a location where a classic Chicago shop, Meyer Delicatessen, closed down a few years ago. Gene's Sausage Shop moved in and opened a two-story shrine to sausage in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood.Full Story

Red Tricycle

4 Inspiring Picnic Spots (And Where to Get Your Grub)

Gene’s is a neighborhood gem with German roots, and it attracts loyal patrons from all over the city. It’s easy to see why: The one-stop shop offers exotic meats (like boar sausage), fresh produce, wine and spirits, and hard-to-find European sweet treats at unpretentious prices.Full Story

Chicago Tribune

High End Butcher Thriving Despite Tight Budgets

Many Americans are tightening their belts and shopping for cheaper cuts of meat. But others are eating less of it while also paying more for what they do consume, searching out local, natural or sustainable cuts at a respected butcher.Full Story

Chicago Tribune

The Joy of Soup

True story: Several years back, my girlfriend (now my wife) came down with something badand became bedridden. She lived two blocks north of Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square, and in the deep January freeze, I trekked south like a champ to buy Gene's chicken noodle soup. She said afterward that it restored her will to live (her exact words). Full Story

Serious Eats

Sausage City: The Original Gene’s Sausage Shop

Many of the sausages you see at Lincoln Square originate at a more unassuming shop on Belmont Avenue much further west: the original Gene's Sausage Shop. It's a little rougher around the edges, a little more faded, and a lot more charming.Full Story

Eater Chicago

Lincoln Square: Where to Take Visiting Friends to Eat or Drink

Over 40 varieties of sausages, freshly butchered and cured in-house, make some of the most delicious snacks in the city. Other gourmet specialties from goulash and blintzes to farmer’s spaetzle and chocolate delicacies line the walls of this European-style shop.Full Story

Serious Eats

A Sandwich a Day: “Liverbest” Sandwich at Gene’s Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square

Want to meet me on the rooftop deck of Gene's Sausage Shop? Call me up, offer to buy me a round, and I will be there. Located on top of the stunning Lincoln Square butcher shop (where you can score all kinds of wonderful handmade sausage) Gene's rooftop beer and wine garden is one of the best places to drink during the summer.Full Story

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