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Billy Goat Tavern

Magnificent Mile
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430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-222-1525
9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Wed 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 am
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Durham, North Carolina
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We fell into this place as weary travelers. The place looks neat and I'm sure has a lot of history, but don't go there for the food. The burger was average (great bun!) and they didn't have french fries, which is just wrong for a place like that.

Thank SueLovesDuke
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As you'll find in other ratings: the doublecheese burger is the object of Desire (and far better than the hot dog). Don't forget to equip your burger with optional onions, cucumber and sauce yourself. The dark beer is tasty and the prices low.

Thank Björn G
Rockville Centre, United States
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been there a few times now and my latest visit was just like the rest. Historic locale with GREAT "Chee-burgers" and an atmosphere only a bar fly could love (and I love it) Worth a trip and theres a ton to do right nearby

Thank Michael R
Altamonte Springs
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much fun to visit the home of the iconic SNL skit! But not only that, in a city where everything is super expensive, you can still get a cheeseburger, coke and chips for about 8 bucks! Came here with my kids and grandkids and fed the whole bunch for very little. It's a cozy hole in the wall (or... More 

Thank Jonomayo
Doha, Qatar
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my 2nd visit to the Billy Goat Tavern - this time with a bunch of pals in town to watch Rugby at Soldier Field. We visited the bar several times, & enjoyed the atmosphere greatly, the burger are good food & the beers on tap great & hit the spot - I am now officially a Schlitz man.... More 

Thank dazk55
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I stumbled upon the billy goat, as it was right next to our hotel. We knew nothing about the history of the place, but it soon became our favourite place to go! I cannot praise the staff enough. They put up with two crazy girls harassing them our whole trip. Even some of the regulars came to... More 

Thank Kelso_Eddy
Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Come here for the history, the atmosphere, the drinks! This is a dive bar that serves burgers and... some other food! It looks and feels like a dive...and that's the way it's supposed to be. When you go there, order a triple cheeseburger and split it with a friend! (That's what we always do. As a matter of fact, we... More 

Thank Cheryl L
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434 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were wandering around Michigan Avenue looking for a place to grab a bite to eat after taking a twilight river cruise, when my wife spotted a sign that said Billy Goat Tavern and pointed downward. We walked down some stairs to a lower street and found this iconic place. There are several locations at Navy Pier, the airport, etc.,... More 

Thank TarHeel
Daytona Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original hole in the wall where SNL got its idea for Cheezeborger Cheezeborger..., walk down the stairs and place your order as it is called just like on the SNL skit, cash only! Asked the guy cooking to call it out so I can video tape it!

Thank bird383
Neenah, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a trip to Chicago for work I had a family member suggest stopping here. I had one dinner available for just myself so I chose to head to the Billy Goat Tavern. It was a little nerve-wracking trying to find it underground, my only suggestion, if you're traveling alone, is to go when there is still daylight coming from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 1:00 am
6:00 am - 1:00 am
6:00 am - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-222-1525
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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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.
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