Gene’s Sausage Shop
If you don’t love the delightful rooftop patio above this equally delightful Lincoln Square sausage shop, you might not be human (or at least not from Chicago). With communal wooden tables and an abundance of greenery, this relaxing European-style spot is the perfect place to tackle plates of goulash and 40+ types of smoked sausage while seeing how many beers and wines you can ingest on a Sunday afternoon before dialing into work “sick.”
Head north to Lincoln Square to find this absolute gem of a wine bar and biergarten, stashed, curiously enough, on top of an unassuming family-owned sausage shop and deli. Snag a picnic table and go all in on house-cured meats alongside heartier dishes like Schnitzel and Golabki amid the cheery greenery and Old World stylings. To drink, you’re looking at a strong but streamlined list of imported and domestic beers plus easy-drinking reds and whites by the glass. What’s not to like? Gene’s rooftop opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.