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Billy Goat Tavern

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430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-1525
Today
7:30 am - 11:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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
Most recent review
Bizarre and wonderful experience

We met our son here for breakfast. It wasn't long after arriving that I felt I was living out an episode of Saturday Night Live. (I was truly tempted to order fires and a Pepsi!) The place was not very busy so we missed out any of the banter, but we were able to take in all of the artifacts... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Arvid
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Cedar Rapids
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Cedar Rapids
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We met our son here for breakfast. It wasn't long after arriving that I felt I was living out an episode of Saturday Night Live. (I was truly tempted to order fires and a Pepsi!) The place was not very busy so we missed out any of the banter, but we were able to take in all of the artifacts... More 

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Princeton, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I have been to Chicago many times and never knew that the SNL Famous Billy Goat was just off Michigan Avenue. The cheeseburgers, which you almost have to order, were excellent. (Chips too.) I think it would be a great place to stop and have a beer while my wife is shopping on Michigan Avenue. I had my two sons... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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61 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

over rated place . i would prefer to have a burger with a very juicy meat on it. they would recommend you to have the double cheese double meat. but for me even single meat doesn't make a justice.

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18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

A regional sales meeting had us on a tour of Chicago. We stopped at the original Billy Goat for a burger and a bump I'd been here 6 years before, it was still great, aged to perfection. Time stopped here around 1958. The double chrezborger no fries, just chips was perfect. Lots of beer service. We went away full and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have always wanted to go here on our many trips to Chicago. We finally made it back in December. It was definitely full of history and full of locals! You had your choice of a burger or a burger and NO FRIES (those were their words!) We had a few beers and a quick lunch. It is a place... More 

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indiana
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have been stopping at The Goat off Michgan for years and the beersand conversation are always good w the patrons and bartenders.The food is adequate but avoid the Goat on Navy Pier.Its pretty bad unless you are a first time tourist.You should try a time or two but the burgers and beer a are good elsewhere.However you can't beat... More 

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Oakland, Michigan
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26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We ate here with our youngest son and it wasn't the experience I thought he would have. Everyone is very busy talking to each other and not the guests and the burgers were a bit small and overcooked.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wow, what a great place to bump into. The drinks are fantastic and cheap, check out their own draft. The FOOD, is out of this world. I split a Ribeye steak sandwich and bacon cheeseburger. I am sure I will be craving both for months. The ribeye was a full 6/8 ounces of real ribeye. Exactly what I purchase from... More 

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Orange County, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Really enjoyed stopping by here for a quick drink and food. Great vibe and we bought some t-shirts for fun.

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Billy Goat on lower Michigan avenue is an iconic place, where journalists used to meet for lunch and drinks. It's next to the Chicago Tribune building. The place is very original, with a lot of vintage photos on the walls. You get your food in 3 minutes. It's only burgers and chips. That's a little disappointing that they don't have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: (312) 222-1525

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

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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