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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 #938 of 8,189 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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DeWitt, Michigan
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169 reviews 169 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

After my granddaughter saw the skit of Cheezbourger Cheezbourger she wanted to come here. She loved the place, the staff was not that friendly the burger was good but was hidden by the bun. Fun novelty but more than likely won't go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Stopped by for lunch with my 11 & 7 year olds during their spring break trip to Chicago. Decent, no surprises. Quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Michigan Ave.

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Amsterdam
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Loved it loved it loved it. yes, touristy, but still with locals. Cheeseburgers are the thing as the sketch from SNL dictates, but worth it, and also as a bar it works. Interior is going back 30 years, and that is great in comparison with all the fancy yuppy places in the neighborhood...essential stop.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Belushi and company were on to something here! Basic tavern with great history, despite the curse on the Cubs.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We visited the Billy Goat Tavern for a few drinks and some quick food to escape the busier bars in the area. The bar tender was friendly/ attentive and the guy mopping the floors was very friendly/funny. Both were willing to talk with us and answer questions about the place. Our experience started off nicely. However when we went to... More

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Dundas, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

While we were in Chicago, we had some amazing cheezborgers in here! Order at least a double, or if you're hungry, go for the triple cheezborger (the meat is very thin). You simply get a burger on a piece of paper, but boy they taste good!

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Medford, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I took my nephew and family to this Chicago landmark under Michigan Avenue. There is a staircase on the west side of Michigan marked with a sign that takes you into the underside of the City. We descended the steps and entered the Billy Goat Tavern to the right and immediately greeted by the " no fries...chips". My nephew followed... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I had been to the original Billy Goat Tavern back in the 90's and enjoyed the food, ambience, etc. They really lost their appeal this time. They were known for their pushy sales and unique calling out of burger patties - Cheeborger, Cheeborger, Cheeborger. They had no energy and really didn't do the Cheeborger thing anymore. Just overpriced average food... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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198 reviews 198 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

An awesome dive. Great cheeseburgers and cheeps! No fries. My first time. A step into Chicago and SNL history. Get the double cheeseburger.

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Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Sitting here just having finished a very large steak, egg and cheese sandwich - I am very glad we came here. I like the places which are unique, have their own charm, and still have tasty food. This place fit the bill for me. I would definitely return!

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