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Billy Goat Tavern

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430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
+1 312-222-1525
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06:00 - 01:00
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Sun 09:00 - 02:00
Mon - Wed 06:00 - 01:00
Thu 18:00 - 01:00
Fri 06:00 - 02:00
Sat 06:00 - 03:00
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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136 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the original location. It is located under Michigan Ave, on the streets below. It was famous, before, SNL. Decent eats, at a good price. Simple decor, kinda run down. But you go here for the history of Billy Goats. Many people visit here, including celebrities and sports players. Go just for the fun of it too.

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Thank sea4metoo
Sugar Grove, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the atmosphere is old chicago at its best. located below street level so its an adventure. the history of this place is a classic immigrant success story & the love of baseball makes me proud to be an American. old school lunch counter style service seating & atmosphere. people were friendly, happy, & helpful we had service with a smile.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1,652 reviews
774 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 972 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Finding the Billy Goat is no easy feat. You take a stairwell down from the north west side of the Michigan Avenue bridge which crosses the Chicago River (there's a tiny sign stuck onto the stairwell entrance). The bar is just past the bottoms of the stairs and it feels like it was decorated in circa 1971. The walls are... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my family here during a trip to the city. I have been many times but my kids and wife have never been. Like everyone in the area I felt its something they should all experience. Food isn't great but is far from terrible. No gourmet burgers here! Decent quality food and not terribly expensive. No fries chips!

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Thank Bobaboey
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222 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To be frank, we were disappointed. We'd heard it was tops; and it has huge character and history; but where does 'basic' step over into an unclean dive? The cheeseboigers were fine but not best ever. Choice of beers poor. Staff attitude 'left something to be desired' I would not go back.

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Thank Tony B
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You come here for the schtick! Try it. You're on lower Wacker. Get a borger (or grilled cheese in my case), a beer, and chips. It's scary, you know there are rats all over next door. It's CHICAGO! Mike Royko used to write about this place. It has history. Suck it up and take the kids. Hey you rotten posh... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this place while waiting for the architecture boat cruise and ended up coming back here to eat. It's a fairly straightforward burger joint, albeit with oodles of Americana to boot. The atmosphere is pleasant and the beer/ quickly-served food (i.e. cheeseburgers) is cheap for the Magnificent Mile. Upmarket it ain't, but if you like bars with a... More 

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We read about Billy Goat’s Tavern (and its myths) in our Rough Guide. Couldn’t find it on the first day, but it turned out to be under the Magnificent Mile instead of on it. Burgers were good and the whole place felt very local. Make sure to check out the newspaper articles on the tavern – the walls are covered... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

what a great place to eat old style burgers, drink and meet local barflies and dance to a juke box ( albeit a modern one ) no pretentiousness just real people. it will become a tradition

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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No nonsense Burger joint, I had a double cheeseburger, cooked on the spot in minutes, add your own onions, pickles etc, very tasty indeed, though they don't do fries which was a bit strange though.

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Bar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 02:00
Monday
06:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 01:00
Thursday
18:00 - 01:00
Friday
06:00 - 02:00
Saturday
06:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-222-1525
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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