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.