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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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“burgers” (222 reviews)
“goat” (40 reviews)
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430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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.

Thank Danealle K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank PracticalDude
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank warch1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

We had been travel all day and everyone in our group was hungry. This place was better than I could have imagined, I had seen it on a famous TV show and many times those locations are a bit of a let down, not this...More

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 7 December 2017

To be perfectly honest, we stumbled upon this restaurant by accident. But if there is one thing I love, it's greasy spoon holes in the wall. I didn't know it at the time, but we were walking into the same Billy Goat Tavern of SNL...More

4  Thank Jasonwhirlybird
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Long before McDonalds came to Chicago this place was on the map as the downtown quick lunch place. Known for newspaper and TV reporters hangout as witnessed by the gallery of pictures on the walls. Good place to stop after a river boat trip of...More

1  Thank Charles M
Reviewed 6 December 2017

visited the Billy Goat Tavern at Navy Pier and Showanda and Serio our bartenders were great! The Italian sandwich I had an bf had the steak sandwich... both great and awesome fries. Had the on tap beer made just for them...a pale ale. Good stuff....More

Reviewed 9 November 2017

Just like to say that me and my girlfriend had the polish and Italian sausage which I would say were good. I mean its nothing special, but the billy goat IPA would I say was really good. I would recommend it for anyone around the...More

Thank Gbolahan S
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I was in Chi-Town on business and my co-worker took me here for lunch as we made our rounds through downtown. This is the original! Place is way nostalgic inside with a 1970's vibe (despite the flat screens with ESPN on). Staff are super nice...More

Thank BRC2007
Magnificent Mile
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Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent
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Questions & Answers
22 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.
13 July 2016|
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Response from lauraerinwilson | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe so.
13 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, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids
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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