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Billy Goat Tavern

Billy Goat Tavern

Burger Joint, American Restaurant, and Dive Bar$$$$
Streeterville, Chicago
166 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • double cheese
  • cheeseburgers
  • cheezeborger
  • double cheezborger
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  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisOctober 20
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonSeptember 19
    A single cheezeborger is a great afternoon snack after walking the mag mile. A double is more appropriately a meal.
  • Berkay Ş.
    Berkay ŞitSeptember 19
    This place is in the middle of nowhere! Just underground! After all the effort to find it out, the thing they serve you is dry bread and meat. No special sauces etc.
  • Kelly G.
    They know their hamburgers here.
  • jim s.
    jim sApril 24
    This i art of history, you simply must get a double cheeseborger, cheeseborger, cheeseborger here!
  • Andre M.
    A must visit when in the Windy City.
  • Chris D.
    I like how it's historic and in a location not easy to find. Staff wasn't the friendliest when I was there.
  • Nallely M.
    A mysterious, hidden and great underground place.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SobocanNovember 12, 2016
    Great historic venue with a lot of Chicago history. Great to visit right after the Cubs Word Series win. Curse broken!!
  • Javier G
    Javier GOctober 30, 2016
    Love the cheezburgerssss!
  • Martín W.
    Martín WankiewiczAugust 27, 2016
    The best hamburguer in town, i hope return, but i dont know becouse i dont have a lot of money😕 remember forever thank youu
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandAugust 23, 2016
    The Double was actually much better than expected. Lots of history here!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseyAugust 3, 2016
    The burgers are their popular item. Lot of Chicago history. Beer selection is poor. Old Style in the bottle.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzJuly 14, 2016
    You get what you pay for.
  • John M. P.
    John M. PetersMay 23, 2016
    Cheeseburger cheeseburger
  • Charles S.
    Charles StaleyMay 20, 2016
  • Anne S.
    Anne SoinskiMarch 28, 2016
    Good green beer on st pattys day.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CheekMarch 25, 2016
    C'mon, you know you want the draft Schlitz...
  • Martín H.
    Martín HunterMarch 25, 2016
    "The place is a tourist magnet, but it's a deserving one." Lonely Planet dixit
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMarch 18, 2016
    Double double burger, no fries. cash only
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanMarch 12, 2016
    Get the egg and bacon on a burger
  • P Chuy O.
    P Chuy OrtegaDecember 7, 2015
    Good taste, good price and good beer (billy goat beer)
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisNovember 16, 2015
    Try the Cheezborger Cheezborger - Another Chicago icon checked off the list. Cheezborger! No Pepsi, Coke! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    Cheeseburgers are great, love that you have pickles on the side just wish they had fries
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraOctober 3, 2015
    Had a double cheezborger and I was not disappointed. The place has a lived-in, always-midnight feel to it.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FSeptember 8, 2015
    Decent burgers and fun place to visit. Order a double cheese with chips and leave the poor waitstaff alone!
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusAugust 24, 2015
    Didn't stay - after walking in we were stared at and not made to feel welcome. The cash only made our decision for us and we left! In a very stranger place too.....
  • William Q.
    William QuiñonesAugust 10, 2015
    1st time at the Billy Goat Tavern. I know it's an institution in Chicago so I want to give it a try. Maybe it was the time, but is was Ok for me. Nothing really stands out, but maybe that's the charm.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyAugust 8, 2015
    Classic dive bar popular with journalists from the Chicago Tribune. Only two types of beer. Feels like you've traveled back in time. Get a double cheeseburger, of course.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LenziAugust 6, 2015
    Drink the beer here
  • Madona S.
    Madona SelmanajJuly 8, 2015
    This is a Chicago must! Waiting in a long line for a juicy burger was worth the wait. Ask for the Billy Goat story!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DJuly 3, 2015
    Their hot dogs are great! And by "hotdogs", I mean "hamburgers", and by "hamburgers", I mean "Double!"
  • Bulut S.
    Bulut SevükJune 19, 2015
    Ordinary burger,rude staff,no fries!Not again
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.May 20, 2015
    Get a double cheesborgie. Schlitz on tap! A classic dive with history on the walls. Surprisingly clean bathroom.
  • Alec P.
    Alec PieperApril 7, 2015
    Hey Billy Goat Tavern, you should join Freebie! It’s pretty rad and the benefits are great for both you and me. Check it out!
  • Mark S.
    Mark StefkoFebruary 20, 2015
    Excellent burgers. And of course there is the Cubs curse.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McNamaraFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Jen Special (grilled cheese with double burger patties)
  • Amanda O.
    Amanda OgdenDecember 29, 2014
    great beer specials and burgers
  • Francisco L.
    Francisco LariaDecember 27, 2014
    The burger was surprisingly good. Nothing fancy but good enough for a quick bite.
  • Kaso A.
    Kaso Awesome TimeNovember 28, 2014
    Not an actual tavern. Boo.
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliNovember 12, 2014
    Triple cheese borger is good but not the best , the place is part of American burger history
  • John K.
    John KiddeNovember 2, 2014
    No Pepsi, coke! No fries, chips! Get the double, they recommend it.
  • Murat A.
    Murat AltınyıldızOctober 12, 2014
    Double cheeseburger as usual..
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohOctober 6, 2014
  • Megan H.
    Megan HarmerSeptember 25, 2014
    This is must-do at least once in your time in Chicago, whether you're born and bred or a tourist like me. Remember the cheezeburger SNL classic skit?
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Billy Goat Tavern as seen on Feed the Beast , Burger Land , The Layover Read more
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 8, 2014
    It's under Michigan Avenue
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Underneath the Chicago Tribune Building, the original hangover cure serves greasy cheeseburgers and many beers. Bright lights and surly reporters. What's not to like? Read more
  • Eric W.
    Eric WeisJuly 18, 2014
    Put it on the top of your list !! great people great place great staff
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChaseJuly 15, 2014
    While they have several options listed, they sure do 'encourage' everyone to order the double cheezeborger. To be honest, I wasn't that impressed.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJuly 7, 2014
    The stories are true—this subterranean tavern is still the best spot to get a made-to-order “cheezborger” with a side of shtick. Read more
  • Ben E.
    Ben EngelbyMay 20, 2014
    They only have Pepsi (no Coke) and chips (no fries).
  • Adam A.
    Adam A.May 11, 2014
    Cheesborger cheesborger
  • Valerie U.
    Valerie UleryApril 28, 2014
    Double cheese. Trust me!
  • Taylor
    TaylorApril 26, 2014
    Have to pay with only cash, doesn't accept cards, very rushed but good food
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsApril 25, 2014
    Schlitz on tap!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StilesMarch 17, 2014
    Great history. Terrible burgers
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PaulsonMarch 11, 2014
    Cheep, cheep! Double cheese!
  • Tyler
    TylerJanuary 7, 2014
    New development on the site of the building where the Billy Goat Tavern exists may displace the iconic restaurant. Get there while you still can!
  • Rachel Q.
    Rachel QinDecember 29, 2013
    Only $6.99 and it tastes way better than the burger from the diner downstairs at my work! Awwwww Chicago I love you~
  • Federico B.
    Federico BazoSeptember 12, 2013
    Sit in the left side, beside the wall, theres a lot to read and you'll get a view of the whole place.
  • Robert S.
    Robert ShellSeptember 12, 2013
    The burgers at Billy Goat are expensive, thin, and gross. The only thing this place has going for it is ambience.
  • Quentin R.
    Quentin ReulAugust 30, 2013
    A shot of Malort makes the place looks good ;-) Be prepared if you go to the bar...
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)August 30, 2013
    Get a double cheezborger and remember "chips no fries." Don't miss the pickle and onion bar to the right of the counter.
  • Collin V.
    Collin VoldAugust 27, 2013
    It's a must for fans of SNL. Other than that, skip. Get the double or triple cheezeborger. Slices of burger are paper thin and over-cooked.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CaruthersAugust 24, 2013
    What a delicious little dive. Cannot comment on the food, but the atmosphere is great.
  • Nathalie B.
    Nathalie BernalAugust 4, 2013
    Burgers were blah. Nothing special about this joint! In n' out in California makes better burgers!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 2, 2013
    An underground gem in the heart of Chicago. Double double is the way to go. Be ready to order quickly, but don't be turned off by the staff's rough facade--they just really like the double double.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BickfordJuly 16, 2013
    Get the double cheese! Double cheese is the best!
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BlaskeyJune 27, 2013
    Bad food, terrible service.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HallJune 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Double Cheese is the best and remember you need to wait at the counter for your food.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDJune 6, 2013
    A must when attending any Chicago sporting event.
  • Garrick B.
    Garrick BaxterJune 5, 2013
    Dig it, fans!
  • k4zuuu
    k4zuuuJune 3, 2013
    Instead of the usual double cheez, it is better a triple cheez with extra cheese.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    The skinny burgers get a nice sear on the hot griddle, and you can top them with as many of the wonderful pickles as you want. You can't order fries, but the chips help bulk this out to a fine meal.
  • Urvaksh
    UrvakshMay 18, 2013
    Damn shame Billy Goat is know for some silky SNL skit, rather than for Chicago columnist Mike Royko who haunted it and wrote about it for decades
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WassumMay 14, 2013
    Late night double Cheeseburgers!
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SalzbergMay 12, 2013
    Cheap drinks, good service... Kind of a staple! If you're down town, check it out!
  • Analise B.
    Analise BluemelMay 8, 2013
    Loved it! Great prices and good food! And it's a ton of fun if you know the history!
  • Hendrik R.
    Hendrik R.May 1, 2013
    Decide quickly. Go for double cheeseburger
  • Julie B.
    Julie BaylorApril 9, 2013
    Coke, no Pepsi
  • Raine F.
    Raine FosterMarch 24, 2013
    The double is delish, but if you wanna be a man get the ribeye!
  • Jenny
    JennyMarch 17, 2013
    $6.00 rum & coat wtf
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Subterranean 'cheezborger' joint made famous by a 1978 SNL skit, it's an only-in-Chicago place to eat. Request a souvenir paper hat. – Green Guide Editor
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouFebruary 15, 2013
    good/ridiculous comforting burger spot
  • joachim l.
    joachim lavalleyJanuary 6, 2013
    If you want to know what a bar was like in the 1960 or 1970's this I your place actually pretty fun but bring cash no credit or checks.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HullJanuary 5, 2013
    Best late night burger spot on the Mile. Double or triple never a single
  • Mandy W.
    Mandy WarholDecember 31, 2012
    If you want a real dive experience & a fun place to eat you gotta try the legendary Billy Goat. You won't be sorry.
  • Tom
    TomDecember 24, 2012
    Come in for a great, affordable haircut.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 4, 2012
    Thicker and more addictive than the patties you're used to, plus all the personality you can swallow. No fries, only chips. No Pepsi, only Coke. Read more
  • Casey R.
    Casey RucinsNovember 27, 2012
    Gotta get the double if you want a burger with substance. Classic Chicago joint that shouldn't be missed.
  • Home Sweet Beer
    Home Sweet BeerOctober 25, 2012
    The 312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island brewery will make your double cheez better and better!
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 21, 2012
    Order a Pepsi, hamburger, and chips!
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The ‘cheezborger’ gets incessant airplay to this day; but it has evolved to good craftbeers on offer, & its house drafts are a superb value for the money. And it will turn on the soccer game.
  • Lee G.
    Lee GreenOctober 7, 2012
    Best crab rangoons in town.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HowardAugust 30, 2012
    The billy goat dark beer is $3.50 a mug.. well worth it. Try it. Also, get a double if you want any meat. Thin patties and lots of bread. A triple is more balanced.
  • joshua k.
    joshua kittleAugust 28, 2012
    3 triples in one sitting... I dare you...
  • Dallas W.
    Dallas WinklerAugust 7, 2012
    Double cheese is best!
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIAugust 6, 2012
    We have many vendors in the Loop area! Help them out!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SinnottJuly 24, 2012
    Don't ask for water
  • Gage G.
    Gage GiddensJuly 20, 2012
    Chips not fries!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McEnteeJune 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They will give you grief if they don't recognize you, but the ribeye steak sandwich is a nice break from double cheezborgerz
  • Josh.O
    Josh.OMay 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Daytime bartenderJeff Magill is one of the best you'll find in the city. Pleasant, efficient, and always smiling. He's been there since the early 1980s.
  • brad d.
    brad dornickMay 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you try to eat 5 triple cheeseburgers in an hour, don't buy them all at the same time. Order the next one as you finish the last or the fifth one will be ice cold when you bite into it.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WApril 23, 2012
    Get an Old Style at the Bar. The bartender is awesome.
  • Joey L.
    Joey LopezApril 4, 2012
    Vegetarians your out of luck unless you get the egg and cheese. I suggest toast instead of a bun.
  • Shaun Z.
    Shaun ZinckMarch 24, 2012 Pepsi.
  • Brad S.
    Brad SchenckMarch 3, 2012
    If you're a vegggie go for the egg and cheese.
  • Adam C.
    Adam CallowFebruary 29, 2012
    Watch out for shoe shine scam operators lurking outside this place. Do not let them touch your shoes or you're screwed.
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuFebruary 14, 2012
    If they run out if the double cheeseburger, just get the triple cheeseburger!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DollingerFebruary 8, 2012
    For the love of god don't ask for fries.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 13, 2012
    Regale the kids with tales of the classic SNL sketch so they'll know a "cheezborger" is what to order in the dim, storied landmark.
  • Gina R.
    Gina RaysonJanuary 1, 2012
    Make sure to Bushaib ask about Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Jon Konstantaras, who should be on the wall!
  • Joel R.
    Joel ReuterDecember 31, 2011
    Try their Billy Goat beers too! You can't go wrong. Very tasty.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GuthDecember 4, 2011
    Duh: cheezborger.
  • Mack E.
    Mack Erman™December 1, 2011
    What a dump.
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinNovember 28, 2011
    Mediocre double cheeseburger. Don't care for having to put stuff on myself, wrap and bag it. Off the list.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McGinnisNovember 26, 2011
    Get the Double Cheese!!!
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryNovember 22, 2011
    The source for the idea of the SNL skit Olympia Cafe and the curse that haunts the Cubs to this day, stop in here to get away from the shopping on upper Michigan Ave and enjoy a real piece of Chicago
  • ANDY W.
    ANDY WETJENNovember 16, 2011
    If you love cheesebuegers like I do, the double cheezborger isn't enough. Make it a triple!
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KirincichNovember 14, 2011
    Try the Horny funny and tasty.
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WeberOctober 29, 2011
    Double Cheezborger. No Fries Cips. No Pepsi Coke.
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VillareOctober 23, 2011
    U better know what u want by the time it's ur turn to order. Get the double cheezborger! Not the greatest, but hey, it's the Billy Goat!
  • Manbque
    ManbqueOctober 13, 2011
    Fun to watch the tourists try to order anything other than a double cheese.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DollingerOctober 10, 2011
    Bring cash and don't act like this is your first time here. It's ok to drink at lunch here too.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MunroeSeptember 20, 2011
    Saturday Night Live association aside, it's a great slice of Chicago newspaper history with all the old columns on the walls. Read more
  • Paul T.
    Paul T.September 11, 2011
    Don't take the mustard and ketchup bottles to your table. You'll get in trouble.
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VaughanAugust 19, 2011
    Just do like they say and get a double cheese. It's a an ok burger, more hype than anything though.
  • ZaarlyChicago
    ZaarlyChicagoAugust 15, 2011
    Need to go downstairs just to see it!
  • Mark G.
    Mark GobleAugust 2, 2011
    Double cheese only way to go!
  • Bobby D.
    Bobby DrummondJuly 18, 2011
    Tourist trap. Food is nothing special. Check it out once to say you've been there.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PotkanskiJune 23, 2011
    Protip:Make sure to bend Jeff's (bartender) ear about how great the democrats are.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BarrettJune 13, 2011
    Classic journalists' pub underneath the road in front of the Chicago Tribune building. Burger, lager, and Wise Guys Corner. Read more
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GambaJune 9, 2011
    Here's a tip... Don't eat here! Yikes! Fun for the history, not the atrocious food. The beer is admittedly cheap and decent.
  • Layla K.
    Double cheezborger
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DykesMay 26, 2011
    Skip the Billy Goat lager...tastes like Billy goat spit.
  • Laura
    LauraMay 21, 2011
    Order the double cheeseburger...hands down the best item on the menu! Take a look at all the newspaper articles on the wall!
  • Seattle's G.
    Seattle's GoofMay 21, 2011
    I admire the history but not the dry double burger.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesApril 27, 2011
    Great neon signs for the bathrooms
  • AnyClip
    AnyClipApril 11, 2011
    Michigan Avenue is the departure point for Gary's tour bus in The Break-Up, watch it now! Read more
  • Raquel H.
    Raquel HenryMarch 22, 2011
    Cheezeburger and fries! Great place to eat for lunch or for happy hours.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseFebruary 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Having the goat take the ceremonial kickoff in a STING playoff soccer match at Wrigley Field was a key factor in the 1981 Championship. (Spot the photograph.)
  • Chris C.
    Chris CicmanecJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget they have breakfast. And the best .50 cent cup of coffee in the city
  • jv
    jvDecember 22, 2010
    chezborger chezborger no Pepsi coke.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LazarusSeptember 14, 2010
    Double Cheese Double and Lager for breakfast.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SustaitaJuly 21, 2010
    order a double! don't ask for fries or coke.
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher ReyesMay 28, 2010
    The ribeye is soo much better than the burger. Get it with cheese and keep the fat!
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher ReyesMay 28, 2010
    The ribeye steak sandwich is soooo much better than the burger. Get it with cheese and tell them not to cut off the fat.
  • Ken H.
    Ken HunnemederMay 8, 2010
    Try the Pepsi!
  • Stacy Williams Shuker
    Having the double cheese and Billy Goat Dark.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MaddaloniApril 15, 2010
    Get a double cheese and don't question them
  • James J.
    James JanegaJanuary 17, 2010
    Look for the bylines of famous Chicago newspaper reporters, past and present.
  • Marc B.
    Marc BrandsmaSeptember 8, 2009
    Go to Billy Goat Tavern and order fries if you dare
  • Liz R.
    Liz Ramos1 week ago
    Es un MUST comer en este lugar. Escondido, pero las hamburguesas son deliciosas. El servicio es maravilloso y el ambiente te hace sentir completamente en confianza.
  • Laura Z.
    Laura ZentenoOctober 15
    No se decepcionen por la apariencia del lugar, la comida es buena, y la cerveza de la casa no está nada mal
  • Poncho L.
    Poncho LoeraSeptember 25
    El pan es mas como de textura a bolillo, lo cual le da un gran sabor y textura.
  • Kathy C.
    Берите сразу дабл - котлеты хоть и вкусные, но тонкие, а булочка толстая. И да, чтобы найти это место, надо спуститься с Michigan по лестнице.
  • Laura C.
    Ótimo lugar e ótimo sanduíche.
  • Karla M.
    Karla MuciñoDecember 1, 2016
    Deliciosa la doble cheezburguer las papas exquisitas y la cerveza se oscura está buenísima
  • Alfred D.
    Alfred D.November 11, 2015
    Doble cheezborger! Muy buena! Local muy autentico.
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoSeptember 30, 2014
    Un clásico y muy barato! Double cheeseburguer es lo que hay que pedir sin discusión!
  • Bere P.
    Bere PilyMarch 18, 2014
    Muy bueno, principal platillo cheeseburger!
  • Marcelo L.
    Marcelo LauarOctober 28, 2013
    Fria. Não vá . Atendimento ruim e cerveja quente.
  • Marco O.
    Marco OdassoMay 20, 2013
    Me encanta. La cerveza muy rica y ahora a probar la comida
  • Adriana
    AdrianaMarch 20, 2013
    Las mejores hamburguesas. Doble cheese bacon rules!!
  • Manuel Z.
    Manuel ZermeñoJune 27, 2012
    Gr8 2chese boerger
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