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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
(312) 222-1525
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Ranked #983 of 8,345 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I get that the Billy Goat Tavern is a Chicago icon, but it really needs to get with the times. The were no vegetarian options - not even fries!! The decor was old and dingy looking. That being said, my husband loved it.

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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

No doubt the Billy Goat is an icon of Chicago. But after having a burger, I came to the conclusion that if it hadn't been for SNL's skit, this place would have died a quick death many years ago. Take away it's history, the photos of famous people on the walls, and all you are left with is a burger... More

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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101 reviews 101 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It is what it is. A slightly better than fast food burger and fries, an average beer that tastes better because of the setting. But in an area (River North, literally underneath Michigan Avenue, "the miracle mile") with alot of expensive options, it's nice to have a place to run into to grab a quick and relatively affordable meal and... More

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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Heard about this restaurant years ago. Heard it was where many second city comics would hang out after a show. Wanted to try for ourselves. Immediately upon walking up to the counter we were told were ordering a double cheezeborger; it was the best. We had a fun time being bossed around. Will go back for more! My son even... More

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Villa Park, Illinois
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85 reviews 85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

First of all, it is a Chicago landmark. The walls are covered with photos and memorobilia from the years that it has been around. Just amazing to look at all the stuff. Second, John Belushi and Saturday Night Live. Cheezborger Cheezborger!! No fries, chips! Just an awesome place, and a pretty damn good burger too. I try to eat here... More

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Pinole, CA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

If the phrase "Cheeseborger, Cheeseborger, chips, no fries, Coke, no Pepsi" is familiar to you, the Billy Goat Tavern is the source of the famous Saturday Night Live skit with Dan Ackroyd and John Bellushi. This "landmark" is also the source of the Billy goat curse that seems to be a part of the Chicago Cubs' lack of being a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This (supposed) famous landmark -- from some movie or other TV show -- is a tourist haven for those who want to remember whatever made it famous ! In actual fact, the hamburgers/cheeseburgers are probably the worst kind you could ever spend your money on. Great to the "Kodak Moment" or "essential selfie". Have the burger and leave !

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It's a place worth saying you've visited. They have a bar, and their own beer isn't bad. The food is okay, and the prices are absurdly cheap for the location. Definitely worth checking out once for the fame, but not the kind of place you leave hoping for a quick return.

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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167 reviews 167 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

If you remember the old SNL skit, then you should visit this place and enjoy it. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you probably won't like this place. It has been around since the 70s and it looks it. Haven't seen wood paneling since I was a kid. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was... More

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Changzhou, China
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136 reviews 136 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The O'Hare airport essential stop over, I get the Italian beef for 6.75 add both kinds of peppers, mustard, onion and pickles... so yumz concourse c in the food court

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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>  > Near North Side
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 1 - 20
Cuisine: American

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