The Original Billy Goat Tavern

In 1937, William “Billy Goat” Sianis bought the Lincoln Tavern for $205. His ban on GOP members during their 1944 National convention resulted in a stream of Republicans demanding service, sowed the seeds of the Original Billy Goat Tavern and national fame. A famous skit on the then-fledgling Saturday Night Live featured a parody of the cries you hear when you first enter,”Cheezborger! Cheezborger! No fries — chips! No Coke — Pepsi!” Verse your children in the Curse of the Billy Goat, which some believe still plagues the Chicago Cubs; the team has not won a World series since 1908.

Contact number: (312) 222-1525

Location: 430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

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