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Billy Goat Tavern

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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Not Romantic, Food OK, Schlitz on Tap,But a Must Stop in Chicago for a quick Cheap Lunch

Gruff, in your face, gritty staff, off the wall lunch hole, that must be stopped at when in Chicago. Dooble Cheeseburger must be your choice, although you have little choice other than to order when busy staff pushes you hard to order only the DBLCB! No fries. Just bags of chips. They do have... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Steve N
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Gruff, in your face, gritty staff, off the wall lunch hole, that must be stopped at when in Chicago. Dooble Cheeseburger must be your choice, although you have little choice other than to order when busy staff pushes you hard to order only the DBLCB! No fries. Just bags of chips. They do have Schlitz on tap. Must stop, if... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

With a SNL skit done on this, we had to check it out! If you want a good greasy burger, do it here. My sister liked it so much, we ate their twice in one weekend trip!

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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58 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Going here to learn about the history of the curse of the billy goat was interesting. It seems to have a lot of history behind it and that was one of the reasons we came. Seems like a very local place, which is fine, although it also seems a bit run down. We tried the double cheeseburgers, which were okay... More 

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I love to come here because of the history, decor and location. The food is good, great selection of booze. Prices are reasonable, cash only...the problem is that even if you are the only person in the bar it is hard to get a refill. The bar tender is always sitting on the end of the bar not paying attention.

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Troy, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Literally the worst part of our entire Chicago trip. After so much hype and history, I was very excited to visit this place. I was extremely disappointed. After searching for a while to find the restaurant, we finally found it under Michigan ave. We were rushed in and told to "grab a table if you can" - I spotted an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

I loved the atmosphere here - very laid back and no frills type of place. The cheeseburger was nice enough for the price and I enjoyed the beer. The bar waiter was rather rude. Loads of pictures all over the place of the celebrities who have visited over the years and the legend of the goat and the curse is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Came by to check it out while waiting for Purple Pig's line. Besides the whole SNL fame, you're not really missing much. The moment you walk in, you're pressured to order a cheeseburger or multiple burgers if there's more than two of you. I just stuck with one knowing ahead of time not to expect much. Cheeseburger quality is pretty... More 

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Marengo, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A friend of ours said we had to go here while in Chicago. We walked for over 1/2 hour to get there thinking it was worth it. We walked in, and were herded like cattle up to the counter (mind you there were only a handful of people in the place), the guy taking orders screamed at us and asked... More 

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College Station, Texas
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17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is a legit burger place, it's been on tv and the orders are yelled to the back cooks. A pretty sweet tourist spot to eat while on the boardwalk. Their home made chips are great as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It is hard to believe that the SNL skit that was supposedly based on this place aired 40 years ago. And, while it was a fine, simple burger, the nostalgia, memorabilia on the walls, and old-joint feel of this place made it worth the visit. Oh, and now is is Coke, no Pepsi.

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Restaurant Details

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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

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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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.