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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 #976 of 8,286 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
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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New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Remebering the skit on Saturday Night Live! with John Beluchi and Dan Ackerod, and finding out that the original Tavern; Billy Goat is actually in Chicago, where were going to vacation in and discovering that there was more than one, I wanted to go to where all began. The counter person even at my request said the magic words; cheese... More

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Greer, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

My nephew and I happened upon a sign showing Billy Goat Tavern downstairs and couldn't resist checking it out. What a great spot! Marco, the bartender, was a real pleasure. He took the time share the history of the restaurant and just made our experience so much fun. The drinks were great! I highly highly recommend!!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

So, first of all, you're there for the ambience, history, and fun of the place. We ordered double cheeseburgers with Coke (no Pepsi). It was nothing to write home about. BUT...look at the walls at all the celebrities who have been patrons at this establishment, and you feel a crazy sense of honor to have dined here. I saw that... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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.

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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.

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Los Angeles
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220 reviews 220 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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

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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

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Lake Mary, Florida, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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

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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

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Champaign, Illinois
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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.

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