Dining & Entertainment

Chae’s Summer Adventures – continues day 2

Chae’s Adventure continues in the Windy City: Chicago, Illinois!chae_la festa_cropped
I had a little free time this afternoon and decided that I needed to check out the neighborhood, so, I walked the streets of downtown Chicago (that did not sound right, remember it was daylight, folks).  After several turns here and there, I found myself on Lower Wacker Drive.  Lower Wacker Drive is pretty famous for big screen car chases, like, Batman and The Blue Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. I walked a bit further on Lower Wacker and came across Billy Goat Bar and Tavern.

I know all you Chicago natives are familiar with the Billy Goat Bar and Tavern but for those who are not…I remember about about 30 years ago  watching a Saturday Night Live skit with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray immortalizing the owner and staff of Billy Goat Bar and Tavern. I’m sure many of you have too.  Do you remember “Cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger, no fries, cheeps, no pepsi, coke! You want double cheez?”…Well that’s where Chae went today for a quick bite, nothing fancy, no frills, just double cheez (I was told that was their specialty), passed on the cheeps.  They do have more of a selection with sodas but still do not have Pepsi.  You wait at the counter for your burger.  They slap on two thin patties on the flat griddle, add cheese and plop them on a bun and hand the cheezborger to you on a waxed paper.  You have to season your own patties at the condiment bar which is lined up with numerous salt/pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard bottles and several bowls of sliced and chopped onions, relish and pickle chips.  Boy those pickle chips were yummy.  I could have eaten the whole bowl but refrained from making a fool of myself.

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While eating at the bar, I look around and there’s so much history on those walls.  I surfed the web and got some more information of the bar.  In 1934 William “Billy Goat” Sianis purchased the Lincoln Tavern for $205 with a check that bounced but was able to pay the purchase price after one weekend of sales.  A real goat fell off a truck and wandered into the bar.  Sianis adopted the goat; he grew a goatee and acquired “Billy Goat” as his nickname.  Sianis then changed the name of the tavern to Billy Goat Bar and Tavern.  CLICK HERE to read more about the bar and tavern, while you are there on their website, you should read about the Billy Goat Curse…interesting reading.

More of Chae’s Summer Adventures coming soon!

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