We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
(312) 222-1525
Improve this listing
As featured in 3 days in Chicago
Ranked #971 of 8,287 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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!
Write a Review

570 reviews from our community

61% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rochester, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our double cheeseborger with cheap beers. The only downside is it being cash only. Our waiter was attentive and had that old school charm.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Check the Steve Dahl archives and you might find out that John Belushi never stepped foot into this place. The BG chose to claim that the skit was based on the BG. It has become a myth. The journalist, Mike Royko, was a patron though. It is a bar that serves food and is a tourist place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles
Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We were taking a tour of the Magnificent Mile and this place was .5 blocks from the starting point. We wanted breakfast and they had breakfast sandwiches for about $4 each. I had egg and bacon and my husband had a egg and sausage. They were both average but we got to see the place, take a picture, and have... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

i don't see what all the hype was about this place. it as a tiny burger that only took about 1 minute to cook(because it was soooo skiny) it made you ask where is the beef? would not bother with this place ever again

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lake Mary, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The history itself is worth the visit! This is really a "hole in the wall". Located under Michigan Ave., and then underground about 10 steps more, this place is pretty cool. Burgers were good and no more than $6. 3 beers on tap.... Billy Goat Dark, Billy Goat Light and Schlitz! WARNING --- It is CASH ONLY! The place is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

At the food court at O'Hares airport while waiting for connecting flight went to this place. My son got a burger. Horrible. They throw a thin, flavorless and colorless beef (I hope) patty on a low quality wonder bread type bun with nothing else on it. That's it. The fries were soggy. Wouldn't recommend at all

Was this review helpful? Yes
Champaign, Illinois
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It was neat to see where the old saying "cheezeboyger..." from Saturday Night Live originated. small thin patties and beer. no fries nothing special but a neat experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I went here with my mom and my sisters for a bachelorette party. The decor was funny and interesting. I liked the references to SNL and it had a lot of historical articles on the walls. The man behind the counter was very animated and kept saying "cheeseborger cheeseborger cheeseborger, double cheeseborger the best.. so 4 double cheeseborgers?" I liked... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mexico City, Mexico
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

I went because I is very famous and it was recommended on several travel brochures, but it is an underground restaurant, really old and really cheap. At first the place seemed kind of funny from the outside but when you go in it is really really old, and doesn't seems very pleasant and clean. The burgers are dry and the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Billy Goat Tavern is a famous place in Chicago which has a cool story (check the web). Their burger is good an cheap but not above average. The location is looking great. However, reading about this place in advance, I expected more (especially from the burger). Would actully give it 3.5 points, however, that's not possible.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Billy Goat Tavern also viewed


Been to Billy Goat Tavern? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Billy Goat Tavern, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing