Popeye Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois: Popeye Hamburger Guy

We’re finishing up a week of hamburger roadside attractions 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 in Chester, Illinois.

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 Popeye hamburger guy in a cartoon from the 1920s.

Wimpy the hamburger guy 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. The Popeye Character Trail in Chester features an ever-expanding parade of statues of the cartoon characters and murals and other photo ops 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 of photos: July 15, 2007

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.


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!