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Billy Goat Tavern at Navy Pier

December 15, 2011

Have you ever experienced Chicago’s famous Billy Goat Tavern? It’s a fast-paced and exhilarating experience! Thanks to “Saturday Night Live,” it goes a little something like this: cheezborger, cheezborger, double cheezborger, no Pepsi…coke! There’s no time to dawdle if you want to get your food. It is so worth it? Absolutely! The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is both friendly and inviting.

As legend has it, before Billy Goat Tavern was, well, the Billy Goat Tavern, it was called Lincoln Tavern. A man by the name of William Sianis bought the restaurant for $205 (with a check that bounced) in 1934. But no worries, the sales from the first weekend were enough to repay the money. William Sianis was given the name “Billy Goat” because one day a goat fell off a nearby truck and wandered into the restaurant. Sianis adopted the animal, grew a goatee, and changed the name of Lincoln Tavern to what is known today as Billy Goat Tavern.

The Curse of the Billy Goat

Ever heard of The Curse of the Billy Goat? No? Then sit back, relax, and listen to the tale of how the Cubs lost the World Series in 1945. William “Billy Goat” Sianis bought two tickets to game four of the World Series, one for him and one for his pet goat, Murphy. The ushers at the ball game wouldn’t let the goat in. This led “Billy Goat” Sianis to throw his arms up and curse the Cubs. It went a little something like this: “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 lost game four, just like he predicted. This is how the curse came into being. The rest is, as they say, history.

Billy Goat Tavern has several locations around Chicago, including one at Navy Pier. Walk down Dock Street and it can’t be missed. There’s great food, great people, and an atmosphere that will have you coming back for more.



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