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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 #969 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Cuisines: American
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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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Cape Coral, Florida
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155 reviews 155 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

You have to try this place if you are a fan of SNL from the 70's and 80's. Legend has it that Second City improv performers Chevy Case, Bill Murray, Jim Belushi and Gilda Radner always ate here after their shows and it was the Inspiration for "Cheebooger ,no fry, no coke". You will have to look for it. It... More

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London, England
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were on the brink of abandoning our search for this famous watering hole when we suddenly stumbled upon it whilst looking for an exit from the dingy sub-street level service road which it occupies. However, for anyone who appreciates characterful dive bars the search is worth it. It was like walking into a 1960s time warp. The walls are... More

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Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Would've gotten a 5 * review by me, but we found a long black hair in our egg sandwich. Food was cooked fast, and we got a view of the lake.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Everyone should go at least once. go to the one on Michigan Avenue - Under the Realtor building. Don't expect gourmet burgers or fancy atmosphere, but do expect a lot of nostalgia and authentic greasy spoon, dive bar. We went for lunch one day and there were several construction workers eating at the bar, which made it feel more authentic.... More

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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were looking for a place to get a drink or two. Stumbled upon this place after asking a gentleman on the street where we could go for drinks. Drinks were ok. However, we were appalled by the waiter. He wasn't very friendly, more of a get you in and out type of service. He reminded us... More

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Grenoble, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is one of the places you need to visit in Chicago, to be able to say: I've been to Chicago and I know a bit about Chicago. Billy Goat is an authentic great tavern, filled with Chicago's spirits. The walls retrace the history of Chicago. You have to try one of those "cheezborgers". Even Bill Murray did.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Geeat burgers and beer in a classic time honored joint. The burger was reasonable and delish. The staff was very nice and efficient

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boston, ma
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82 reviews 82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The burgers were great, the fries hot and tasty, The staff was friendly and the service quick in this quirky place.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Don't go for the food, go for the atmosphere, the history, and some understanding of the curse of the billy goat. The excellent bartender has been there for thirty four years, the place is soaked in the tales of legendary Chicago journalists, the bar decorated with yellowing press cuttings. Marvellous. Nouvelle cuisine? Non. Michelin stars? None. Drop in, have a... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had been told that whilst in Chicago we must pop by & see this place, so we obligingly went! Less than $10 for a burger & a drink, not amazing quality food, but it was a lovely wee place to see & great for a photo opportunity! Glad we stopped by!

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