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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
(312) 222-1525
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As featured in 3 days in Chicago
Ranked #921 of 8,269 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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!
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Cork, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Called into the Goat for a quick lunch on a 6 day visit to Chicago. It's a real blast from the past but still worth a call. The double cheese burgers are very good and very reasonable. Had a beer at the bar afterwards and also really cheap.

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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a historic place in Chicago. If you have seen the Saturday Night Live sketch on You Tube you have seen it all. The place has charisma but the "cheezburgers" are not very good!! You need to go experience it, the history is there, but you may come out hungry!! No fries!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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109 reviews 109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It's a dive and you'll have to look to find it (under the main roads), but definitely need to find it. Food is OK at best, service is friendly. You cannot beat this atmosphere. If you are a fan of the original Saturday Night Live skits, this is the place for you! Whether you eat or drink or not, must... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Magic place. I felt inside a '70s American movie. I was waiting for John Belushi. He did not show up but the "cheezburger" was good..not great but good. you should go there....just for the location.

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Stumbled upon this place as we were walking around. Thought it was in Wrigleyville. Glad we found it. Although we didn't eat here, the other patrons' food looked good, and was all cooked to order. This is a historic place, and is old school. Schlitz on tap. Was surprised they didn't also have Old Style on tap, but that's fine.... More

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Hernando, Mississippi
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Double "Cheezborger," "cheeps," and (Diet) Coke not Pepsi in a dive -but in a really good way- with all sorts of pictures and clips on the walls = a great spot for a quick lunch.

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Oslo, Norway
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62 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

On our visit we were recommended/ordered to have the double cheeseburger. So we did, and didn'r regret it. The burgers were very good. Nice idea that you can put on the condiments yourself. In fact they were so good we returned a few days later for a re-run...

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We visited the new location at 60 E. Lake Street but can't imagine the food would be much different elsewhere. I'm fairly sure you come to the Billy Goat Tavern for the history, the stories, the atmosphere - not so much the food. Can't say that the cheeseburger was anything special, and we were famished after a long day at... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Always stop buy for "cheesebooger" on our Chicago visits. Prices have gone up, and quality of sandwiches not as good as we remember since we started our visits in the 70's, maybe just getting a little jaded over the years. Still a great atmosphere for old Chicago memories.

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Virginia Beach
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The burger is good, the place has a lot of character, its well known for the Saturday night live sketch, but it also has a great history in Chicago sports and when you research the history (or read the book I bought it in the restaurant) you find that the BGT is a great immigrant story and an American dream.... More

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