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Billy Goat Tavern

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Magnificent Mile
American, Hamburgers, Pub
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430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-1525
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7:30 am - 11:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: This historic greasy spoon is famous for its role in the legendary Curse...
This historic greasy spoon is famous for its role in the legendary Curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs and its "Saturday Night Live" cheezborger skit. Remember, no fries, chips!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Took the family here for their first ever visit. They were excited to walk down under Michigan Avenue and to find a place full of character once got down to the tavern. We were greeted with a smile immediately and stepped right up to the counter. Our food was ready fast so all was great until my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Dominic336
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Billy Goat Tavern on Michigan Ave is tucked underground before you embark on the Magnificient Mile. This worn out tavern is authentic and real. No pretention, no gourmet anything. Just good burgers and good people. The burgers are thin, so a double is a must (it evens out to be the size of a regular burger). And, if you're... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Took the family here for their first ever visit. They were excited to walk down under Michigan Avenue and to find a place full of character once got down to the tavern. We were greeted with a smile immediately and stepped right up to the counter. Our food was ready fast so all was great until my sons tried their... More 

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Paris, France
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Put this on your to-do list when you visit Chicago. The locals here are friendly and the burgers are as good now as the first time I tried them in the early 80's.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

SNL happened on this gem decades ago and it works. The "schtick" is played out but decades after it was discovered, the humor is there. Honestly, a good burger made even better by the unique bun. Get the double "Double Cheeseburger is the best". For the naysayers expecting this to be a gourmet burger: go to a flippin gourmet burger... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Watch a video of SNL "cheezeborger, cheezeborger, cheezeborger," skit, and go to the inspiration! A fun place with genuine, unique atmosphere under the street on Michigan. Go down the steps on the west side of Michigan at about 400 N. Be prepared for some mild insults, and join the line to get your "cheezeborger." By the way, they are really... More 

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Madison, WI
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

What a cool location UNDER the city of Chicago! GREAT cheeseburgers - no fries - chips! Local, hometown watering hole. Lots of fun history on the walls. The gift certificate promotion says "buy a gift certificate! If you're a Cubs fan, we'll lift the curse. If you're a White Sox fan, we won't lift the curse!"

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Pittsburgh, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This place was fun, and home of the Cheezeborger! Although I only had drinks, this place had some character! It was down under a bridge and very non-descript. If we didn't see someone opening the door, we would have passed it right by. As you walk down the steps, you are greeted with someone asking if you are eating and/or... More 

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Shiloh
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Been here a couple of times on my visits to Chicago and just love this place!. Went at lunchtime on a busy Saturday. The cheeburger, cheeburger guy behind the counter was hamming it up big time. He was walking up and down the counter telling you what to order - double cheez, double cheez. Everyone was cracking up. They don't... More 

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Cincinnati
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

Famous old Chicago watering hole for the press in its heyday. Down on lower Michigan (walk down the steps across from Intercontinental Hotel). Made famous by Saturday Night Live skit... great cheeseburgers in an old bar. hot dogs too. Try the pickles. Seriously. You can't be casual enough for this spot. A regular stop whenever we are in Chicago.

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We read a lot about how bad the cheezburgers are and how rude the staff is (just for fun and for the tourists) but we did not want to miss it, so we went there for breakfast. We did not regret: we had great breakfast sandwiches and the atmosphere could not have felt less touristy with all the local construction... More 

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Additional Information about Billy Goat Tavern

Address: 430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: (312) 222-1525
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Monday 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Thursday 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Friday 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Saturday 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Pub

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: (312) 222-1525

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Pub

Description

This historic greasy spoon is famous for its role in the legendary Curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs and its "Saturday Night Live" cheezborger skit. Remember, no fries, chips!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Monday
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Thursday
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Friday
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Saturday
7:30 am - 11:00 am

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Neighborhood Profile
Magnificent Mile
Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.