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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 #946 of 8,267 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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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!
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Oslo, Norway
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179 reviews 179 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

On our visit we were recommended/ordered to have the double cheeseburger. So we did, and didn'r regret it. The burgers were very good. Nice idea that you can put on the condiments yourself. In fact they were so good we returned a few days later for a re-run...

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the new location at 60 E. Lake Street but can't imagine the food would be much different elsewhere. I'm fairly sure you come to the Billy Goat Tavern for the history, the stories, the atmosphere - not so much the food. Can't say that the cheeseburger was anything special, and we were famished after a long day at... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Always stop buy for "cheesebooger" on our Chicago visits. Prices have gone up, and quality of sandwiches not as good as we remember since we started our visits in the 70's, maybe just getting a little jaded over the years. Still a great atmosphere for old Chicago memories.

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Virginia Beach
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The burger is good, the place has a lot of character, its well known for the Saturday night live sketch, but it also has a great history in Chicago sports and when you research the history (or read the book I bought it in the restaurant) you find that the BGT is a great immigrant story and an American dream.... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I was so happy to find this place depicted in the old SNL sketch. They really got the accent down right! The place was charming and had excellent burgers! The staff was very friendly, especially to our children. This was the only restaurant that we came back to a second time on our vacation.

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Newport Beach, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Any SNL fan knows that the Billy Goat Tavern is a must stop for lunch in Chicago! We had a difficult time finding it. Luckily, there was a plaque on the staircase on the street that directed people downstairs. It looks pretty shady on the outside, but a what a great spot! Everything in this restaurant looks straight out of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Food wasn't Awesome but staff was super friendly and took pictures with us. And made it very enjoyable! Cheezborger Cheezborger Cheezborger

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Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a no frills, no fries, burger joint. The burgers are good. Cash only. The food and beer are cheap. It is a classic dive, but heavy on the dive. If you bring your kids I'd suggest a daytime visit. At night there are a lot of pretty drunk folks. Fun cheap place to catch a game on TV,... More

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Venice, Italy
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Cheeseburger and a semi-cold beer in a restaurant under Michigan Avenue, through a door, down some steps, into the past when baseball and goats made the news! Cheeseburger was good. Beer was fine. Family time was priceless. Wish I had bought the t-shirt!

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Danville Ca
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Really good double cheeseburger. Chips no fries. Great atmosphere and really cheap burgers. Had the Lager draft beer. Quite good. Always hit this place once when I am in town.

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