Al Fresco dining Chicago: Genes Sausage Shop

Fall in Chicago is special and unpredictable but we should easily have another six weeks to enjoy al fresco dining. Every year, Show Me Chicago (and now also, Chicago Eats) features our new hot spots and old favorites for al fresco dining.

Genes Sausage Shop definitely belongs on that list.

Gene's Sausage Shop & Deli, founded by Gene Luszcz, has been in and around Chicago for nearly 50 years. First at Roscoe St. and Laramie Avenue before moving to 5330 W. Belmont Ave. in 1980 (which recently closed) and the Lincoln Square location at 4750 N. Lincoln in 2009.

Known for their smoked sausages, artisanal meats, European specialties, ethnic alcoholic beverages and more, the deli has a thriving clientele.

Lesser known and hidden from street view is their rooftop beer and wine garden which opened in 2011.

Gene's inviting European-style rooftop beer and wine garden beckons those wanting to enjoy a beautiful fall day or evening dining and drinking outdoors.

You almost feel as if you are at a private party when you arrive via elevator to the intimate flower and herb filled space featuring a variety of seating choices from umbrella tables to the circular bar to the lively molded red plastic chairs.

The menu features Gene’s preservative-free smoked sausages and bratwurst cooked on an open wood sausage grill, great sides including pierogi and potato pancakes, daily specials, rotating beers on tap, and wines by the glass from around the world. We were there yesterday on a picture perfect day. Here's what we saw

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