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||Contact:|
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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Anyone who lives in Chicago is pretty tired of hearing Bill Goat references, but if you bring an out-of-towner to the Lower Michigan Avenue location they'll think you're the coolest person in the world. It's dingy, the beers are cheap and you can get an overpriced greasy burger.
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.