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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
+1 312-222-1525
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I came here for dinner with a few friends. Service is fast, food is good, and prices are reasonable. Plus, they have a pretty cool history.

Thank Nate D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Made famous by SNL & the Cubs curse this original Billy Goat location has so much character! We came here on Saint Patrick's day and it was crowded but very efficient! The burger patties are very thin and you will probably need at least a...More

Thank keblackwell
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a cool place! Straight out of Saturday Night Live! Great burgers that are cheap and delicious. Know what you want before you get to the register. They are fast and efficient and they expect you to be the same. Breakfast is great...More

Thank Nancy N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place looks like the biggest dive around but it is part of Chicago’s history and every time I go to Chicago, I have to stop in and have a “Cheezborger”. Great burgers and the staff is so friendly and make you feel right at...More

Thank Jessi W
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped in before game for a quick bite and drinks,,, staff are friendly and entertaining,,, felt like part of the gang,,, we got there around 4:30 so we beat the crowds, but stayed long enough to meet other patrons at the bar,,, great gathering place,...More

Thank randalljn
Reviewed 12 February 2018

Took my family here because I remember the SNL bit. Service was fast the burgers were excellent. Not thick like gourmet but very good. I would recommend at least a double cheeseburger. Very inexpensive in an expensive town. Fun experience.

1  Thank MaromaBeach
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Let's be honest, this isn't the best food I have ever had, but this is a Chicago staple and a must for anyone visiting.

1  Thank Danealle K
Reviewed 21 December 2017

I loved this place! Divey and old, yet clean with lots of history...even its location is in a "dodgey" area...not really, but its just under the Wrigley Building...you'll find it. Cheap beer, well light, excellent greasy food!

1  Thank PracticalDude
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Certainly by far NOT one of the best burgers. They're still playing on the name and should be paying John Belusi's Estate for that honor. Go to Five Guys, Shake Shack for MUCH better burger.

1  Thank warch1
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Nice place to stop for a quick lunch and some SNL history. A little tricky to find this hidden gem but well worth the effort.

Thank bnbanstine
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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
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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 N Michigan Ave, 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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