Billy Goat Tavern

Restaurants, Hamburgers Magnificent Mile
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 (Photograph: Grace Allen)
Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern
 (Photograph: Grace Allen)
Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern
 (Photograph: Grace Allen)
Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern
 (Photograph: Grace Allen)
Photograph: Grace Allen
Billy Goat Tavern

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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Clayton Guse

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.

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.