Feedback Friday: The Billy Goat Tavern

If you enjoyed reading about Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs’ supposed “Curse of the Billy Goat, there’s no better place

A real goat wandered into the Billy Goat Tavern when it first opened, giving the restaurant its name. Photo from

A real goat wandered into the Billy Goat Tavern when it first opened, giving the restaurant its name.
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to eat a meal in the Windy City than the Billy Goat Tavern.

This famous burger joint is located just below Michigan Ave., according to, and has several other locations in the Chicago area, including Navy Pier.

According to the restaurant’s website, the original Billy Goat Tavern was established in 1934 by Sam Sianas, otherwise known as “the guy who wanted to bring his goat into Wrigley Field.” Sinais earned his nickname of “Billy Goat” when a stray goat wandered into his restaurant one night; it eventually became the unofficial mascot of the tavern.

While the goat was a great success for attracting customers, legend says that Billy used his goat to put a curse on the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

The tavern website states that Billy purchased two tickets to see the Cubs play in the 1945 World Series at Wrigley field: one for himself, and one for his goat. The stadium allowed Billy to enter but told him he couldn’t bring his goat inside. This infuriated Billy, so he yelled, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more! The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.”

The Cubs went on to lose the remaining games of the World Series and were declared to be cursed because of Billy and his goat. Ever since that day, the Cubs have only had four post-season appearances, no World Series appearances and no pennants.

Although the Billy Goat Tavern is well-known for negative connotations with the Cubs, it’s also famous for something much more positive: a skit inspired by Saturday Night Live.

Former SNL members Dan Akryod, John Belushi and Bill Murray starred in this skit famous in 1978, poking fun at the phrases the restaurant staff used to place orders. The Billy Goat website notes that the comedians yell “Cheezborger,” “No fries–CHEEPS,” No Pepsi–COKE,” and other popular phrases used by the employees throughout the skit, making audiences everywhere laugh. Unfortunately, this hilarious skit can’t be found online, but watch the video at the end of the post for clips from the original recording.

With a friendly atmosphere, a fun history and great burgers, the Billy Goat Tavern is the perfect place for a casual and enjoyable dinner. Well, if you don’t believe in curses.

For the complete history and menu of the Billy Goat Tavern, visit their website for full details.


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