BILLY GOAT TAVERN, CHICAGO

Words and photo: Jonas Larsson

Billy Goat didn’t change when the TV show Cheers came around and elevated the status of every dive in the world. It’s always been the real-life Cheers, in a very hard-to-find location in Chicago. Celebrities, journalists from the Chicago Tribune, and regular working folks have come here in droves over the years, to enjoy a couple of beers and the infamous cheezborger. Today, it’s a warm and welcoming haven underneath the buzzing city center of Chicago, reminding us of that phrase in the theme from Cheers: You wanna go where everybody knows your name. And even if they don’t, you should go anyway. You won’t regret it.

430 N MICHIGAN AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60611, USA BILLYGOATTAVERN.COM

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Jonas Henningsson

Journalist and photographer, founder and editor-in-chief American Trails.