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Billy Goat Tavern

Magnificent Mile
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430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-222-1525
09:00 - 02:00
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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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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No fries ... chips. Great burger and super reasonable. They have other stuff but you want to order the double burger with chips.

Thank jazzysolo
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the most fun our family has had in a restaurant in a long time. Went twice in two days. We walked in and it was quiet. Not what we were expecting. We almost turned around and walked out because it seemed a little unfriendly. I'm so glad we stayed. Full bar but kid friendly at lunch. We weren't... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

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 5 January 2017 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

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 

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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
  • 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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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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