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Billy Goat Tavern

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Magnificent Mile
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430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-222-1525
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18:00 - 01:00
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Hours:
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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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Please take the time to visit!!! So, so good! AND the service was AMAZING!!! I'm from a VERY small town and I wasn't worried a bit about bringing my 17 year old, 11 year old, & 6 year old there with just ME (I'm married, but my husband was at a conference all day)! I ❤the double Cheezborger!!!!

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Thank Susan J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This lil dive was a hidden gem! Great lil lager and burger- perfect place for lunch! Staff was great. Laid-back atmosphere.

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Thank Brooke H
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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579 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's on lower Michigan so if you are not familiar with Chicago that might throw you off a bit. So you walk in and you realize this place has forgot time. Order your food. Don't ask for fries they don't have them. If you want a drink from the bar it's a separate bill. You can have the following toppings... More 

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Thank Biztravr
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great lunch spot. The hamburgers and fries were delicious and very reasonably priced. Wish this were a chain!!

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Thank Michelle D
Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We met a friend for lunch here when we first got to Chicago. It was a cool spot that reminded me of the SNL skit it inspired. But, the food was just OK. If you're looking for a good burger, keep looking. If you're looking to check out a cool spot that has a cool history, then head to Billy... More 

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Thank gabirdgirl
Chicago, United States
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226 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great burgers, better atmosphere. Still a landmark place to eat, although all the legendary news reporters are no longer sitting in the dining area. Get the Cheezborger for a fantastic taste. Not on a typical hamburger bun, and you get to add your own condiments.

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Thank Timothy O
Grinnell, United States
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89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time at Billy Goat Tavern and it was a unique experience. All my family had the cheeseburgers and chips. The beef patty is about 0.1lbs so a double is a must. The meat has an incredible good flavor. I tried the corned beef, which was piled on. Loved their pickles on the burgers and corned beef. The atmosphere is... More 

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Thank F Austin J
Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You gotta visit this dive restaurant just based on the Saturday Night Live historical tradition. Great grease bombs. Cheezborger and chips. Just to say you were here is part of the fun.

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Thank Flaps23
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was about a block away from the United Center. Food was ok,not great but ok. We are enough to get us thru the game and we find something more fitting. Did help to pass time until game time!

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Thank suga29brown
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's Located on the lower level of Michigan Ave. ( Figured this is the most important aspect of explaining this place if you are looking for it on GPS lol) Sweet little Dive Bar straight out of the SNL skit I'm sure you've seen. Order the Double Cheezeborger with pickles and enjoy! Not the best burger I've ever had but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Bar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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
  • 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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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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