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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
(312) 222-1525
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Ranked #1,065 of 8,382 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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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London, Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

If you haven't been and just for the history, curse and Saturday Night Live connection it is worth going. Double cheeseburger, chips and coke for $7 bucks on Michigan avenue can't go wrong. Use stairs going below Michigan ave in front of Wrigley Building.

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Greensboro, NC
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Very overrated as the place for burgers. Local hangout. Burgers less than average. Bartender nice but gruff. They do not take credit cards (yes it is 21st century I know). Buy food from one person, alcohol from another. Yes you pay twice! Tourist trap!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

You can't visit the Wind city without having dinner in one of the most famous place in USA, Cheap and very good "Cheezborger" breathing Chicago's history

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

If you are looking for a cheeseburger, with limited toppings and sides, but for a normal price in a sea of horrifically priced restaurants, you can eat here and roll on. It has the SNL skit feel you're looking for add a traveler, and you don't have to think about what top order. They will ask you what you want,... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We just came in for a couple of burgers, didn't try the beer. They're so friendly I'm glad I went. Will go back again.

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254 reviews 254 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This place used to be great, 25 years ago. Now, it's a tourist trap in every sense of the word. It's worth a quick look, but don't linger more than 10 seconds because the 'greeter' will be pushing you to the order counter or t shirt sales shop. Food used to be good and affordable, a nice hole in the... More 

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208 reviews 208 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

good breakfast of eggs, sausage, hashbrowns and toast..they were fast, fresh and diner quality. definitely a good deal for the money and really hit the spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

You are a fan of SNL and the curse. The food is okay but its really about the history of the place. I food really is decent pub grub and their own beer is tasty too. Just do it once.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Cheeseburger cheeseburger! A classic burger joint and a classic part of SNL history. Don't come looking for the best burger ever but it will do!

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Ottawa, Canada
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40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Walk in...and then walk out. Consider yourself done with this experience. Yes, this is an iconic Chicago establishment and perhaps deserves a visit, but don't bother ordering a meal here. What you will get is less than palatable. The burgers taste like cardboard and anything else you could get at McDonalds...better and cheaper. Don't waste your time.

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Additional Information about Billy Goat Tavern

Address: 430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: (312) 222-1525
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American

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