430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
From Best Burgers in America
A simple burgers, chips, and soda shop. A old school, dimly lit, under the radar, immigrant owned burger shop. A typical and normal story. Every town has one. But one town has the one that started it all. The Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago. A local, national, and international icon and landmark is all that can be said about this dark, hidden, burger paradise, tucked underneath the busiest street of the magnificent mile of Michigan Avenue in Chicago. A must for both locals and tourist. A burger dive that is famous for its food as well as its overwhelming historical influence on entertainment and sports. So if you are ever in Chicago, maxing out your credit card on Michigan Avenue, and you are craving a great midday snack, head down the random stairs into the dark, damp, cold underworld of Chicago to a burger paradise steeped in amazing history!
This place is the origin of the curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs. "The tavern is also known for its involvement in the Curse of the Billy Goat (also known as the "Cubs Curse"). Owner Sianis brought a pet goat, a tavern mascot, to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, a home game at Wrigley Field against the Detroit Tigers. Despite paid-for box seat tickets, Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley allegedly ejected Sianis and goat due to the latter's odor. Supposedly, Sianis placed a curse on the team that they would not win another pennant or play in a World Series again."
This place is also the basis for a very famous Saturday Night Live skit. "Another sign reads: "Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Cheezborger. No Pepsi. Coke," These words, with Pepsi and Coke in reverse order, were originally spoken and immortalized by John Belushi in, "Olympia Cafe," an early Saturday Night Live sketch that was inspired by the tavern. Belushi said in an interview with Chicago radio icon Steve Dahl that he'd never set foot inside the Billy Goat. It was Bill Murray and sketch writer (and bit player) Don Novello who were the regulars at the Billy Goat."
But above all this place is famous for burgers. Cheeseburgers. Specifically cheeseburgers only. This place has a feeling of Wiener Circle. The guys behind the counter yell at you for ordering wrong. They have cheeseburgers (cheezborgers). Chips. And Coke. Nothing else, nothign different. The burgers are greasy, gooey, and incredible. Its a institution, an experience, a land mark, and a cannot miss culinary and cultural experience in Chicago.