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Billy Goat Tavern

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.

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Dog-Friendly Dining and Cruises at Navy Pier

This summer, Navy Pier is going to the dogs! Guests are invited to enjoy dog-friendly patios and cruises all summer long with select on-Pier partners. Dog-Friendly Patios at Navy Pier Dogs are welcome all along Navy Pier’s South Dock, including the patio seating areas at select restaurants. Restaurants with dog-friendly patios include:  Billy Goat Tavern […]

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This summer, Navy Pier is going to the dogs! Guests are invited to enjoy dog-friendly patios and cruises all summer long with select on-Pier partners.

Dog-Friendly Patios at Navy Pier

Dogs are welcome all along Navy Pier’s South Dock, including the patio seating areas at select restaurants. Restaurants with dog-friendly patios include: 

For more information, please use the links above to contact our participating restaurant partners. 

Dog-Friendly Cruises on Seadog

Seadog Chicago offers Architecture Tours and Lakefront Tours departing from Navy Pier’s South Dock. Dogs are welcome aboard Seadog and cruise for FREE*! (All we ask is that pooches are leashed and friendly!)

*Certain restrictions apply. Contact Seadog Chicago at 312-321-7600 for more information.

Dog-Friendly Cruises on Shoreline Sightseeing

Dogs are welcome on Shoreline Sightseeing’s regularly scheduled Architecture River Tours departing from Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier, and on our Classic Lake Tours departing from Dock Street at Navy Pier as well as on our Water Taxis at all stops on both River and Lake Routes. No charge for dogs, but we do ask they be on a leash and well behaved. For more information, please visit here or call 312-222-9328.

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