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The Home of "Popeye"

1330 SWANWICK STREET, Chester, Illinois 62233 USA

Closed Now
Opens Fri 8a
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“The town of Chester, IL”

Chester is the "Home of Popeye," where a 6-foot (1.8 m), 900-pound (410 kg) bronze statue of Popeye the Sailor Man stands in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park, which honors Popeye's creator, Elzie Segar. The park is located next to the Chester Bridge. Several of Mr. Segar's characters were created from experiences with people of Chester. Chester's big event is its annual Popeye Picnic and parade, held the weekend after Labor Day. Popeye fans travel from all over the United States and the world to partake in the weekend activities. Most of the events and entertainment are free and family friendly.

New statues honoring the other Thimble Theater characters are added each year. This character trail is spread throughout Chester and to date includes:

Popeye the Sailor Man
J. Wellington Wimpy (2006)
"Olive Oyl, Swee' Pea, and Jeep" (2007)
"Bluto" (2008)
"Castor Oyl and Whiffle Hen" (2009)
"Sea Hag" (2010)

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Reviewed by
massacre1022

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 7, 2014
Rated 4.0

the people n the town were very nice and gave us a map of where to find all the statues worth the detour. finding the statues was half the fun

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Reviewed by
princie_80

  • 18 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
October 7, 2015
Rated 1.0

What a disappointment!!! There is nothing there. No bronze statue. The only thing that really had Popeye on it was city hall and it was closed. Not worth the drive.

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