This popular and widely recognized Chicago restaurant/bar became famous when it served as inspiration for a Saturday Night Live skit featuring the late comic actor John Belushi. It is the fifth Billy Goat Tavern to open in the city, and Navy Pier Pier visitors are guaranteed to go away happy after ordering a “Cheezborger.”
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The original Billy Goat Tavern location was “born” in 1934 when Greek immigrant, William “Billy Goat” Sianis, purchased the Lincoln Tavern. Billy Goat bought the tavern for $205, with a check that bounced but was later repaid with sales from the first weekend. The tavern was located across from the Chicago Stadium (now United Center) and attracted mainly sports fans. Sianis became known as “Billy Goat,” when a goat fell off a passing truck and wandered inside. Sianis adopted the goat, grew a goatee, acquired the nickname “Billy Goat,” and changed the name of the bar to the Billy Goat Tavern.
The Republican Convention came to town in 1944 and Billy Goat posted a sign saying, “No Republicans allowed.” This caused the tavern to be packed with Republicans demanding to be served, and led to local fame for the savvy Billy Goat, publicity stunt master.
In 1964, Billy Goat moved his tavern to its present subterranean location. Since then, the Billy Goat Tavern has expanded to include locations on Washington Street (Loop), Wells Street (South Loop), the “Billy Goat Inn” on Madison Avenue (United Center), Navy Pier, O’Hare (Terminal 1, Concourse C), and Washington D.C.
Run, Forrest, Run to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the fabulous Navy Pier, located just a short walk from Ohio Street Beach and Michigan Avenue shopping.
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Come see Bubba Gump Shrimp, Co. was voted 2010 CitySearch’s Best Seafood Restaurant in Chicago. We capture the charm & American spirit that made Paramount Pictures, Forrest Gump, such a smash hit! Our venue’s design combines All-American optimism with down-home decor. This place was made for seafood lovers, but don’t worry we got you covered if you aren’t! From shrimp to fish, chicken to steak, we’ve got the All-American menu guaranteed for your satisfaction! The interactive setup, attentive staff, great food & to top it off with Forrest Gump trivia, all these factors are sure to add some fun to your next event!
Serving up their famous stuffed deep dish pizzas, as well as other pizzas and classic Italian favorites, Giordano’s on Navy Pier is a great spot to enjoy the flavors of Chicago with family and friends.
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The recipe for Giordano’s now-famous stuffed pizza is one that has evolved over 200 years. Its creation began in a small northern Italian town near Torino, Italy. Mama Giordano was famous around town for her exquisite cooking. Of all her renowned dishes, her most beloved meal was her “Italian Easter Pie”. Mama Giordano would serve this double- crusted, cheese stuffed masterpiece on special occasions. This pizza pie became a sacred tradition in the Giordano family and a legend in the town of Torino.
Years later, Italian immigrants Efren and Joseph Boglio moved to Chicago to start their own pizza business. The brothers introduced their Mama’s recipe for stuffed pizza. In 1974, on Chicago’s historic south side, Efren and Joseph opened the first Giordano’s in the world. Over the next 40 years and counting, millions of happy and loyal fans as well as hundreds of critics call Giordano’s the city’s “best” stuffed pizza! The rest is history you can still taste today, along with our other great starters, fresh salads, outstanding pastas and unique sandwiches.
Giordano’s is constantly making headlines, both in Chicago and nationally. The brand garners frequent media coverage and continuously tops “Best Pizza” lists and dining guides. Giordano’s has been acclaimed “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, New York Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Eater, Home & Garden Magazine, Concierge Preferred and more!
Please note: Harry Caray’s will be closed on Christmas Eve (12/14/2018) and Christmas Day (12/25/2018).
Located near the main entrance to Navy Pier, Harry Caray’s Tavern offers an unbeatable waterfront location, outstanding smoked barbecue, a great selection of local craft beer and a world class collection of sports memorabilia—all combining to create the ultimate Chicago dining experience.
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At Harry Caray’s Tavern, guests are treated to dry rubbed meats that are smoked for hours over hickory for maximum flavor and tenderness. The menu also offers salads and burgers, including the vegetarian Beyond Burger, a plant-based burger that has a flavor and texture remarkably similar to beef. The carefully curated craft beer list features hard to find local gems along with many fan favorites.
Harry’s patio offers the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan and the excitement of Navy Pier. HDTVs throughout the restaurant and around the bar provide great viewing of all major sporting events. Harry’s boasts an impressive roster of celebrity partners including Patrick Kane, Ryne Sandberg, Richard Dent and many other of Chicago’s biggest athletes, Hollywood stars and radio personalities.
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The Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville restaurant has an intimate indoor atmosphere, while guests can soak up the view of the boardwalk and Lake Michigan from a weather-protected Tiki Bar and outdoor deck.
In addition to the signature “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and cold draft beer, the menu offers those legendary frozen concoctions along with seafood specialties, steaks, nachos, and a few regional favorites. And margaritas of course!
The crown jewel of the Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant Group is the breathtaking Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier. The broad expanses, glass walls, and distinctive shape of the two-story space are designed to create a beautiful setting for restaurant and banquet dining.
The menu has an emphasis on fresh seafood as well as steaks, chops, and pasta dishes, presented with impeccable service. Riva Crabhouse has an extensive wine list as well as specialty drinks for diners to enjoy with lunch or dinner. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city and fireworks with top-notch food and service to match.
Check out Riva Café on the first floor just off the water’s edge and see why Riva is the place where locals come to get the freshest seafood, steak and pastas in Chicago.
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Riva’s nautically inspired dining room has rich wood floors, mahogany, and nautical artifacts imported from Italy. All set to the backdrop of beautiful Lake Michigan and the twinkling skyline, from our floor to ceiling windows. An ornate mural extends over the forty-foot exhibition kitchen, depicting the history of Navy Pier. If you have not been here before, we are located in the middle of Navy Pier and offer covered, drop off and valet parking for $15., directly to our door. Riva has a wall of windows facing south, overlooking the city’s lakefront. All the elements provide a perfect foreground for the breathtaking views from our three private dining rooms. The Lighthouse Room, The Chicago Room and The Lakefront Room can accommodate groups from 15-110 guests. Please contact Andrea Frankos in the Catering Sales Department at 312-447-7450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see our website for additional information at www.rivanavypier.com.
Tiny Tavern is the first and only Crafted Cocktail destination at Navy Pier. Offering eclectic cuisine, it is an extension of the beloved Tiny Lounge, a sleek North Center bar with a cult-like following. Tiny Tavern is the perfect location for group gatherings, intimate events or large parties. Contact email@example.com for more information.