Popeye Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois

We’re finishing up Hamburger Week here on Silly America with a monument to one of the great American icons of the hamburger: J. Wellington Wimpy and the Popeye Wimpy statue.

No, J. Wellington Wimpy didn’t invent the hamburger. No, I doubt he ever even made a hamburger. But yes, he sure did like to eat them! Wimpy is known as being the hamburger guy on Popeye, a cartoon from the 1920s.

Wimpy from Popeye cartoon is a smart but lazy and cheap man who holds an inescapable hunger for hamburgers but is oft unwilling to pay for them. He’s the type who would beg, borrow, and steal just for a taste of a beef patty on a bun. And, he is perhaps one of his most famous lines “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” probably says it all.

Chester, Illinois is home to Popeye creator Elzie Crisler Segar and the town has been turned into a sort of shrine to the man and his work. Statues and murals are erected all over the town in honor of Popeye and the rest of the comic gang. (Check out the Popeye Statue, the Popeye murals, and some photo ops around town!) In September 2006, at the town’s annual Popeye Picnic, a new statue was added to the mix in Gazebo Park: the Popeye hamburger guy, Wimpy.

The Wimpy Popeye statue in Chester is an 18-ton granite rendering depicting the famous Popeye hamburger character holding his favorite meal.

As Wimpy says, “I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” but you can visit this Illinois roadside attraction any day of the week.

Popeye's Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois
Popeye’s Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois

Popeye Wimpy Statue


Location: 1001 State St, Chester, IL 62233
Cost: Free to see
Hours: Always Visible
Date: July 15, 2007

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!