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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, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch
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
Interesting place to visit once

Stopped for lunch during our bus tour. Had a hard time finding it, as it's under the street level along the river. Dark, so we were glad it was daytime. A good sample of a dive, inside and out. So we enjoyed the local ambiance of the place. Double cheeseborger seemed to be the only order that... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Went 25 years and want to take daughter. Want need to go back. Not very freindly and burger was all bread. Some guy tells you were to sit and was rude to my wife because she didn't order her beer at same time as me. Only recommend picture out front! No need to go back with so many good freindly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped for lunch during our bus tour. Had a hard time finding it, as it's under the street level along the river. Dark, so we were glad it was daytime. A good sample of a dive, inside and out. So we enjoyed the local ambiance of the place. Double cheeseborger seemed to be the only order that the gruff man... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Total dive but quick and delicious. Old school, dive bar with authentic vibe. Thin burgers, get the double or triple. Delicious kosher pickles to top it off.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

If you like the soup natzi, you'll like this place. A blast from the past... lots of memorabilia on the walls, the bar and Formica tables. The burgers were thin so go for the double.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

This hidden gem of a tavern is tucked below the hustle and bustle of Chicago's busy streets. At first you feel like you're stepping back into time wandering the dim underground tunnels and streets looking for an illicit speakeasy when off in a corner you see a modest brown sign "Billy Goat Tavern" hanging in front a red door and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Cheezborger, Cheezborger!! is a familiar sound heard in this fun eatery!! Made famous by Saturday Night Live, this is a restaurant sure to please all ages!!!! And yes, Triple is Better!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I promised one of my fellow travelers that we could go to the Billy Goat. The place did not disappoint. We walked down the steps and there it was! The service was just as expected, the food was fine. My fellow travelers enjoyed the Chicago history chronicled on the walls. Overall a seedy and enjoyable experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The joint is a museum to an earlier time. Go inside with the right attitude, have fun with the accommodating staff, eat some cheeseburgers, drink some beers & educate yourself with all the stuff on the walls. There's even a V.I.P. room. Yup...it's SNL Chicago. The cook's assistant fella will quickly become your waiter, get you to laughing, insist that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The original location is near the Wrigley Building and can be easily missed. You need to walk down the stairs on Michigan Avenue to the lower level. I first started coming here in 1965 when Billy Goat was still alive (he really did look like a billy goat). These are hardly the best burgers you'll ever have, but they're fine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

What a place! If you go to Chicago, put this on your list. Don't expect ambience and decor. It's located on lower Michigan avenue which makes it confusing to locate but we saw the sign over the bridge and followed. It is not appealing from the outside, inside is not any better but the feel is true old school. It's... More 

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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>  > Magnificent Mile
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 20
Cuisine: American, Pub

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, 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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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.