Billy Goat Tavern

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Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern
Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern
Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern
Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern
Magnificent Mile

The stories are true—this subterranean tavern is still the best spot to get a made-to-order “cheezborger” with a side of shtick. Sam Sianis, nephew of Billy Sianis, the Greek immigrant who founded the legendary haunt in 1934, still hollers out orders from behind the U-shaped counter. Avoid weekends unless the atmosphere you’re in search of includes fanny packs and camera flashes. Weekday lunch still offers a glimpse of hungry reporters, cops and downtown characters bellied up to the bar in true Mike Royko fashion. Just remember: no fries, cheeps; no Pepsi, Coke.

Venue name: Billy Goat Tavern
Address: 430 N Lower Michigan Ave

Cross street: at Kinzie St
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 2, 3, 10, 26.
Price: Average main course: $6
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Laura R

I don't care if it's (often) touristy, I love Billy Goat Tavern! If you can sit here in the middle of an afternoon and just chat with the bartender, that's the ideal experience. Get a 312 or order a Horny Goat or two. Just don't ask anyone for fries.