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Billy Goat Tavern - Chicago

700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA

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Wed 7a-7p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
  • Wifi
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“Home of the Cubs "Curse of the Billy Goat"”

The Billy Goat Tavern is a chain of taverns located in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1937 by Billy Sianis, a Greek immigrant. It achieved fame primarily through newspaper columns by Mike Royko, a supposed curse on the Chicago Cubs and the Olympia Cafesketch on Saturday Night Live. The original Billy Goat Tavern location was "born" in 1934 when Greek immigrant, William "Billy Goat" Sianis, purchased the Lincoln Tavern. Billy Goat bought the tavern for $205, with a check that bounced but was later repaid with sales from the first weekend. The tavern was located across from the Chicago Stadium (now United Center) and attracted mainly sports fans. Sianis became known as "Billy Goat," when a goat fell off a passing truck and wandered inside. Sianis adopted the goat, grew a goatee, acquired the nickname "Billy Goat," and changed the name of the bar to the Billy Goat Tavern. Featured on Feed the Beast, Burger Land, and The Layover!

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Stephen Rees

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July 14, 2014
Rated 5.0

Such a classic Chicago bar. Chicago Daily News (and later Sun Times and Tribune) columnist Mike Royko used to hang here all the time, and his pieces adorn the walls. The Billy Goat is a Chicago institution in the heart of downtown, and is a great place to watch a Bulls game or just stop by to grab a burger straight off the grill to go along with Vitner's potato chips.

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June 24, 2015
Rated 3.0

If I lived here this would be my last stop on a night of bar hopping. The burgers are amazing but the "signature drink" tasted weak and watered down total tourist trap. But again burgers are EPIC.

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Billy Goat Tavern - Chicago

700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois
60611 USA


Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Bar
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast
  • Outdoor Seating
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