For the past 30 years, the Gagliano family has owned and operated Luke’s Italian Beef on Jackson. First, it was Gary at the helm; and soon after, Roseanna took the reins. They serve Vienna Beef Hot Dogs and their famous Italian Beef sandwiches to loyal customers in downtown Chicago operating as one of the favorite mom-and-pop, family-owned shops in the area.
Over the years, Luke’s Italian Beef on Jackson has been acknowledged with articles, accolades, and awards and still continues to please. With a staff anchored by Roseanna, long-time manager, Aurelio, and head cashier, Felipa (who knows many customers by name), they have continued to make friends of customers with great food, a warm smile, and conversation. In a downtown area so dominated by chains, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a family-owned business with products made fresh daily succeeding in Chicago.
Vienna Beef planned to present this award on April 1st, 2020 but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roseanna said: “This was one heck of an April fool’s joke from our friends at Vienna Beef!” This overdue Hall of Fame honor recognizes Luke’s Italian Beef on Jackson for their longtime commitment to the Vienna Beef brand, their customers, and the Chicago community.
The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame was created to honor hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into neighborhood landmarks. Out of thousands of Vienna Beef customers over the years, we have recognized 134 nationwide since the award was inaugurated in 2006. We are extremely proud to welcome Luke’s Italian Beef on Jackson as the 135th recipient. Congratulations to Roseanna and Gary Gagliano family, Aurelia, Felipe, and the staff.