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Billy Goat Tavern

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Magnificent Mile
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Description: This historic greasy spoon is famous for its role in the legendary Curse of...
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
Nostalgic place to visit

If you are a fan of SNL you must go. They have great Schlitz, yes Schlitz beer on tap. I was a bit reluctant but ti was really good and cold. Always get the double, chips no fries and Coke no Pepsi.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
gwmeyer31
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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a fan of SNL you must go. They have great Schlitz, yes Schlitz beer on tap. I was a bit reluctant but ti was really good and cold. Always get the double, chips no fries and Coke no Pepsi.

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Danville, IL
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for a few drinks and a double cheeseburger at lunch time. Everyone was so friendly as soon as we walked in and bent over backwards to make sure we did not want for anything. Lots of pictures and newspaper clippings on the walls. They gave us calendars also, Being a Cub fan it was really cool because... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First place we visited in Chicago. Even with the reputation and history of the place, I was glad we only stayed for one drink. Though, there were wonderful old pictures on the walls.

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Thank letsoh
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What is left to say, this is the iconic greek hamburger bar made famous by John Belushi and Dan Akroyd on Saturday Night Live. The cheeseburger really are delicious and they do act just like the Saturday Night Live skit. The beer tap are labeled "Billy Goat" but those that are insiders know that the beer is made by Berghoff... More 

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Thank RhotanVonRhotan
Campinas, SP
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had trouble finding it, but with a little bit of persistence I went "under the bridge" to find it!! It's a really casual place, where you go to a line and ask for the food. The Triple Cheezborger is really good and simple at the same time.

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Thank Gustavo Z
Cambridge Springs
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135 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Fun casual place that's been around forever. Lots of old articles covering the walls, and the menu and placing a food order is unusual! Good drinks at a reasonable price for the big city. If in that area of the city, check it out.

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Thank CharlieB24
Great Neck, New York, United States
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This place is 100% a hole in the wall. Its under a road overpass, the bar looks nice and the atmosphere is pretty cool, but the menu for food is very limited to burgers, egg sandwiches and grilled cheese, the bathroom is also gross. But it would still be a decent place to get a beer and a cheeseburger. Don't... More 

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Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This is an icon for Chicago. I think the food is very average. The look is grungy, but thats the look they offer by design.

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Thank witraveler225
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

No doubt this place is/was/always has been a little local dive that found some fame with Saturday Night Live. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the cheeseburgers were very good. I would go with the the double as they are pretty thin. To me there is something about a burger cooked on a seasoned flat top grill that cannot be replicated.... More 

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London, Canada
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114 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

The cheeseburgers are good but best to order at least the double since they are thin and one in the kaiser bun would not be enough. No fries, just chips and no Pepsi, just Coke! Fun and the beer is a good deal late at night.

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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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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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.