Urban Daddy

Up Where You Belong

Beer gardens. Yes, pretty great places. Brunch. It has its moments, too. Sometimes you wonder what would happen if you combined the two...
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Gene’s Sausage Rooftop

Open Thursdays through Sundays, the new rooftop beer garden at Gene's Sausage Shop sits three floors off the street with great sun and city views.Full Story

Tasting Table

Brews With A View

Though far from a provable fact, many will agree that beer tastes superior when drunk outside, preferably on a spacious, flower-filled roof deck under the sun. We're also certain that beer tastes even better when paired with a double-smoked, double-garlic Alpine sausage on the roof of Gene's Sausage Shop.Full Story

Huffington Post

Chicago’s Best Meat Markets, Just In Time For Your Memorial Day BBQ

As you clean off your grill and hope for sunshine, consider stopping by one of Chicago's greatest butcher shops for everything from Chicago-style brats to kangaroo meat.Full Story


Yelp Wants to Meat You

Who needs a baker or candlestick maker when you've got a butcher?Full Story


Gene’s Sausage Shop: ‘Meating’ a need for value wine

... Sausages – no matter their guise – have an association with beer, polkas and other burgher-style boisterousness. But, a thriving North Side store has found a niche for selling great wine with its ubiquitous encased meats.Full Story

USA Today

10 Great Places To Dig In At A Beer Garden

You don't need to visit Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest. Bars and restaurants across the country are adding biergartens, or to us English-speakers: beer gardens, where patrons can toss back steins in style. Kaitlyn Goalen, national editor of TastingTable.com, says she looks for three elements in a biergarten: an outdoor setting, communal tables, and Germanic snacks and food. She shares some favorites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.Full Story


How To Kick It Old World This Christmas

Our inbox has been constantly bombarded with holiday cocktail recipes lately. Many of them promise festive merriment in a glass. Some deliver. Others just suck. And one - let's just say its title included the word "razzleberry" - finally put us over the edge. We suddenly felt the urge to return to a simpler, purer style of imbibing this holiday season. With the help of Yolanda Luszcz, co-owner of Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, we scouted out some classic beverages that our Old World counterparts uncork during the holidays.Full Story

Well Community

From Rooftop Garden to Restaurant Menu

You may not know it by the weather, but spring is in the air — quite literally, in fact, at some neighborhood rooftop gardens.Full Story

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