Billy Goat Tavern, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago , Illinois
Tel: 312 222 1525
Concierge.com's insider take:
The classic Saturday Night Live skit where native Chicagoan John Belushi played a harried Greek line cook—shouting, "Cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger. No Pepsi. Coke!"—brought this Chicago institution (which the skit was based on) to national fame in the late '70's. But it's been a local landmark since its original owner, William Sianis, was forbidden by the Chicago Cubs management from bringing his house goat—yes, a real live goat—to Wrigley Field during a 1945 World Series game. Located across the street, and practically beneath, the stately Tribune Tower on a gloomy stretch of Lower Michigan Avenue, the place is immensely popular with tourists. Even so, it's still a haunt for local reporters and advertising execs, and it still serves good, greasy cheeseburgers on fluffy buns. Take time to peruse the yellowed newspaper clippings and Hall of Fame photos that decorate the walls—they're a crash course in Chicago history.
Open Mondays through Fridays 6 am to 2 am, Saturdays 10 am to 3 am, Sundays 11 am to 2 am.