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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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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, 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
Cheezborger! Cheezborger! Pepsi no Coke (but great cold BEER here)!

Not the best bun, not the best burger, but gosh I love this icon. The beer is cold, the TV plays the Hawks game and being right next to the river underneath the city street of Michigan Ave makes this place a MUST visit every darn time I come back to my hometown for a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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Dunedin, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Billy goats has a classic feel. Just like the SNL skit it's full of fun characters and an old school feel. The burgers are fantastic and they have a cool bar!

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Clovis, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is one of the most disappointing restaurants that I have ever dined at in my life. It is the worst Burger that I have ever had! The meat was about a 1/4" thick and even at that, they under cooked it! The bun was dry and stale. The staff was unbelievably rude. Another patron had difficulty determining if the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This bar owns. It owns hard. Perfect atmosphere and decor; the kind of place that other faux-dives try to emulate and fail at. I don't think I've ever really even seen the SNL sketch, so I'm not biased by that, either. The place just rules, it's a great place to grab a bunch of drinks with friends and hang out.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Not the best bun, not the best burger, but gosh I love this icon. The beer is cold, the TV plays the Hawks game and being right next to the river underneath the city street of Michigan Ave makes this place a MUST visit every darn time I come back to my hometown for a visit.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very Chicago had steak and egg sandwich good ambiance. To find it you have to go to underground otherwise you look silly at street level.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I wasn't expecting much, but the cheeseburger was great. I especially liked the fresh buns. Best I've ever had on a burger. The service was good and the price was very reasonable. Another must for ant trip to Chicago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a great place for a burger. The location is under Michigan avenue and offers a throw back type burger! If you are bar hopping make this one of your last stops! Make sure to order more than one!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

You can't go to Billy Goat without thinking of all those Saturday Night Live skits from years ago. If you're from Chicago this original location underneath Michigan Avenue also makes you remember the iconic newspaper columnist, Mike Royko, who used to be a fixture here. Today, the cheeseburgers are still very good and the ribeye sandwich is hard to beat.... More 

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Others reviews are correct: it is a 'throwback' to your old-time burger dive. The burgers are ok, at best. The service, not good at all. But, you don't go there for the food or the service. Everyone goes because SNL immortalized this burger joint in their skits. That's why our family went there. You order your food, sit in run... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Be ready to be convinced to order a bigger and better burger. Tasty, fun, and full of all the history of the "curse of the Cubs" too! Be sure to wander a little as you are under Wacker Drive and you may notice what used to be a thriving business district!

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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
  • 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.