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Billy Goat Tavern

) #201 of 7,890 Restaurants in Chicago $
430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
+1 312-222-1525
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“goat” (40 reviews)
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430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Looked a bit unappetising from the outside, being below street level. I'm glad we weren't put off as we had the best burger of our stay and the cheapest too. The bar is steeped in history and full of character and we discovered what it...More

Thank Kathleen T
Reviewed 3 days ago

The original Billy Goat Tavern opened in 1934 and this one opened in 1964. It is located on the lower level of Michigan Ave. which does make it a bit distinctive. Many reporters from local newspapers like Mike Royko did frequent and write about Billy...More

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Can't say enough about this local hang out! The food is amazing and beer is cold! Really enjoyed the double cheeseburger!

Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great for those that are nostalgic for the 90s, and there is memorabilia on the walls to remember. Burgers are average to below average. Just a bun, meat and cheese. No more. No less. The area is safe, but you have to...More

Thank MariaM7
Reviewed 1 week ago

Remember the cheeborger cheeborgor skit? yeah. This is the place. It's a burger and fries. No Coke, only Pepsi. Unless you are a old school SNL fan, don't come for the food. It's merely average.

Thank Anne Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had to go down some stairs that were like entering a subway station and we were underground. Their reputation is built on some famous celebrities eating there (must have been many years ago) and their informing customers - no fries, chips and double is best...More

Thank Irene H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had taken an interesting train ride with Lollapalooza-goers, hopped the Water Taxi, and needed a quick bite close to the dock. We chose here. Got 3 doubles with cheese, one single. My 11-year old daughter LOVED the bun for the burgers, said one of...More

Thank Heybets30
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun place with great memories of SNL, burgers were good. We went for lunch and had fun. There are no fries but you can get chips, just like in the skit.

Thank Megan W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The original and most unique of all the Billy Goat Tavern's even though i believe it move from it's original location, this location is pretty cool with a mystique and aura all it's own. hamburger hamburger cheeps no fries.... is what we had and it...More

Thank northernk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old SNL skit was one of my favs growing up so to final get to see the place was very cool indeed! Walking below ground to get there was an experience as well. The nostalgia was literally coming off of the walls! Not the...More

Thank Cindy V
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23 December 2016|
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Response from emdicker | Reviewed this property |
This place is more of a beer and burger restaurant, so I really wouldn't recommend it for breakfast.
14 July 2016|
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Response from lauraerinwilson | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe so.
14 July 2016|
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Response from cussingcook1 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but I rather doubt it. Just regular bar food, cheeseburgers, ham and cheese, French fries. It's all about the history, not necessarily the food.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
18:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 02:00
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
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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