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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: Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
**IT IS AVERAGE**

I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger and the Bacon Cheese Fries. Before tasting they looked so good that I took a picture and sent to my wife. After tasting I realized how average the food was. The Cheese on the fries just wasn't that great. Bacon was ok. This was the location at the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
jayhawkgrant
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger and the Bacon Cheese Fries. Before tasting they looked so good that I took a picture and sent to my wife. After tasting I realized how average the food was. The Cheese on the fries just wasn't that great. Bacon was ok. This was the location at the mall in Oak Brook but I would... More 

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Mount Washington, Kentucky
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The Billy Goat is Chicago. Go to this original location though, the other ones are too commercialized. This one is great because of all the clippings on the wall from Mike Royko and the cheeseburgers and booze selection. Just a place to go and eat a cheeseburger and have a couple of brews. The location underneath Michigan Ave adds to... More 

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Manchester, Michigan, United States
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30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This was a fun lunch spot and it was like being inside the SNL skit. The "cheezborger" was fine, the chips were good, and I was happy they serve Coke. They were super fast, fun and inexpensive. My husband really enjoyed the toasted bun the burger was served on. After wandering Chicago we realized there are multiple locations but I... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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67 reviews 67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyable place especially if you have seen the SNL skit. The burger is good and it is great that you can add all of your toppings (just wish they would have mayo). Enjoyed watching the hockey game there.

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Claremont, California
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39 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

What a hoot!! Arrived after hearing about this place and quickly discovered a line inside. This character behind the counter was shouting for my order as he was moving everyone along. Before I could answer he ordered a double cheeseburger for my wife and I as everyone else in line had the same thing done to them. It was somewhat... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Fun little stop if you love the SNL skit. Food good and cheap, friendly bartender, cheap drinks. A little hard to find as it's under Michigan avenue. Go down the side street, find the stairs and go under the street. Have fun!

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Merritt Island, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

After wandering around Michigan checking the iPad for the address we stumbled on the fact it was UNDER the street. We walked in and I thought I was in the SNL skit. I am trying to look at the menu and then I am told to get the cheezeborger. The place was a riot. We had so much fun watching... More 

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Campinas, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This place was listed as a must go on a travel brochure, but I guess it is just because of the looks as it is an old piece of history. Food is acceptable, but you won't miss anything if you don't eat there. An exception was the waiter, very amicable and willing to talk, but other than that, not much... More 

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Northport, Alabama
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10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Billy Goat Tavern is noted because of the "Cheezborger!" skit it inspired that appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970s, and because it's owner was was barred from taking a goat into a Cubs World Series game in 1945 - hence the Curse of the Billy Goat. So for SNL or sports buffs this is worth a visit. There... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

I (intentionally) walked about two miles to get to this place at the suggestion of a local Chicago based friend. The burger was nothing to write home about but the staff was abusive enough (I really mean that) to have made it a memorable experience. Bring cash, because while you can uncomfortably use a credit card to pay for your... More 

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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 20
  • 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Magnificent Mile

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.