Billy Goat Tavern is Coming to Clark Street

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that a piece of Chicago’s storied history is making its grand entrance into the heart of Wrigleyville. The world-renowned Billy Goat Tavern, celebrated far and wide for its “Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Cheezborger” mantra, is set to open its doors in our vibrant neighborhood at 3724-3726 N Clark Street, bringing with it a legacy of laughter, tradition, and some of the most classic burgers in the city.

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Since its inception in 1934, the Billy Goat Tavern has been more than just a restaurant; it’s a cultural institution, immortalized by the infamous “Curse of the Billy Goat” and a classic Saturday Night Live sketch. Its original location under Michigan Avenue has long been a haven for journalists, local patrons, and celebrities alike, serving up no-frills fare that captures the spirit of Chicago.

One of the most captivating tales in Chicago’s rich lore and sports history is the Curse of the Billy Goat. This infamous legend began during the 1945 World Series when Billy Goat Tavern owner William “Billy Goat” Sianis was asked to leave Wrigley Field because his pet goat’s odor was bothering other fans. In response, Sianis allegedly cursed the Chicago Cubs, declaring that they would not win the World Series again.

For decades, the curse loomed over the Cubs, intertwining the fate of the team with the Billy Goat Tavern in a narrative that became as much a part of Chicago’s identity as its towering skyscrapers and bustling streets. It wasn’t until 2016, breaking a 108-year drought, that the Cubs finally won the World Series again, turning the curse into a legendary story of perseverance, hope, and the enduring spirit of a city and its beloved baseball team. Now, we are ready to welcome the goat to our friendly confines!

As the Billy Goat Tavern prepares to join the Wrigleyville community, we at the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce couldn’t be more excited about the potential for this legendary establishment to weave itself into the fabric of our neighborhood. The arrival of the Billy Goat Tavern in Wrigleyville signifies more than just the expansion of a beloved Chicago eatery; it marks the coming together of two iconic Chicago institutions – Wrigley Field and the Billy Goat Tavern.

The new Billy Goat location is slated for 3724-3726 N Clark Street in the former Full Shilling space | PC: LoopNet

Wrigleyville is a neighborhood that embraces its history while continuously evolving. The addition of the Billy Goat Tavern to our local business community is poised to enhance the Wrigleyville experience, offering residents and visitors alike a taste of Chicago’s rich culinary and cultural heritage.

We eagerly anticipate the stories and memories that will be created at the new Billy Goat Tavern location in Wrigleyville. Whether it’s before a Cubs game, during a casual night out with friends, or in search of a piece of Chicago’s legendary past, the Billy Goat Tavern is sure to become a beloved spot for locals and tourists alike.

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce extends a warm welcome to the Billy Goat Tavern. We are committed to supporting their success in our neighborhood and look forward to the unique flavor and history they bring to Wrigleyville.

So, get ready, Wrigleyville: the Billy Goat Tavern is coming, and with it, a reminder of the enduring charm and character that make Chicago such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Cheezborger! We can’t wait to say it together, right here in our own backyard.