Gene’s Sausage Shop Rooftop Cow in Chicago

Have you ever found a roadside attraction hidden in your own backyard? I have. Meet the giant cow statue at the Gene’s Sausage Shop rooftop beer and wine garden in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Gene's Sausage Shop rooftop cow. Giant cow statue in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

In 1972, Polish immigrants John and Gene Luszcz, opened a small delicatessen in Chicago. John & Gene’s on West Roscoe Street quickly became popular among locals for their homemade sausages and other Polish fare.

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Gene's Sausage Shop rooftop cow. Giant cow statue in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

In 1980, after 8 years of running the deli, they moved the store to Belmont Avenue (5330 W. Belmont Ave.) and eventually changed it’s name to Gene’s Sausage Shop & Deli.

Gene's Sausage Shop rooftop cow. Giant cow statue in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

The 20,000 square foot Chicago deli sold fresh meats carved by trained butchers and prepared foods and imported European goods alongside 40 types of smoked sausages made fresh on site by traditional European sausage makers.

Gene's Sausage Shop rooftop cow. Giant cow statue in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

Besides the first-class food options, Gene’s Sausages was also known for the giant life-size cow sculpture that graced their outdoor sign.

Gene's Sausage Shop rooftop cow. Giant cow statue in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

In September 2009, Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen opened a second location in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, taking over the former location of the 53 year old German-American institution Delicatessen Meyer, which closed two years earlier in 2007 (you can actually still see the original Delicatessen Meyer sign, which hangs above the stairwell inside the shop).

The new Gene’s boasts an impressive, though much smaller, cow over the welcome sign as wel as a rooftop restaurant and beer garden.

Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

In 2016, the original store on West Belmont shuttered its doors, consolidating their efforts into the Lincoln Square deli so that founder Gene Luszcz, could cut back.

The giant cow was then moved to the Lincoln Avenue location, taking a prime spot in the middle of the Gene’s Sausage shop rooftop restaurant. Now diners can grab a homemade sausage, some potato pancakes, and an ice-cold beer, and eat in the shade of the giant bovine.

Sausage and potato salad at Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

Looking for more giant cows? Check out Bessie the cow in Janesville, Wisconsin, Sissy the Cow in DeForest, Wisconsin, and Gertrude the Cow in Rickford, Illinois.


Gene’s Sausage Shop Rooftop Cow

Location: Gene’s Sausage Shop, 4750 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
Hours: Seasonal, Hours vary
Cost: Free to See, Sausages and Beer are extra


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Meet the giant cow statue at the Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen rooftop beer and wine garden in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Stop by for lunch in Chicago and stay for the weird roadside attraction. A fun, bucket list worthy, stop for an Illinois road trip or weekend getaway in Chicago.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.