A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream Rick Kogan

ISBN: 9781893121492

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A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream by Rick Kogan
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Chicago newspaperman Rick Kogan plunks down at abarstool at the Billy Goat Tavern and tells the tales of the citylandmark, which became a haven for newspaper reporters, policemen, politicians, and anyone else drawn to the hospitality and showmanshipMoreChicago newspaperman Rick Kogan plunks down at a barstool at the Billy Goat Tavern and tells the tales of the city landmark, which became a haven for newspaper reporters, policemen, politicians, and anyone else drawn to the hospitality and showmanship of hardworking William “Billy Goat” Sianis and his often antic, uniquely comforting establishment.

The story begins in the summer of 1934, when a baby goat fell off a truck and limped into a tavern owned by Greek immigrant William Sianis, and a Chicago icon was born. Later, when he and one of his goats were barred from entering Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series, the Cubs’ eventual loss to Detroit fueled a legend as enduring as their fans’ “Wait ’til next year” mantra.

Kogan writes about some of the regulars, visitors, employees, and luminaries found at the tavern, including columnist Mike Royko and the young stars who immortalized the tavern in the Saturday Night Live Olympia Diner skit—John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Don Novello—and discusses Sam Sianis, Billys nephew and the current owner.

Let the Goat In!In the summer of 1934, a baby goat fell off a truck, limped into a tavern owned by Greek immigrant William Sianis, and a Chicago icon was born. The Billy Goat Inn became a haven for newspaper reporters, policemen, politicians, and anyone else drawn to the hospitality and showmanship of hardworking Billy Goat Sianis and his often antic, uniquely comforting establishment.

But did Billy jinx the Cubs? When he and one of his goats were barred from entering Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series, the Cubs eventual loss to Detroit fueled a legend as enduring as their fans Wait til next year mantra. Today there are seven Billy Goat Taverns, including one in Washington, D.C., and Billys nephew, Sam Sianis--a celebrity in his own right--oversees what Illinois Senator Dick Durbin called a national institution.Rick Kogans affectionate tale plunks you down at a barstool next to some of the Billy Goats regulars, visitors, employees, and such luminaries as columnist Mike Royko, and those young stars--John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Don Novello--who immortalized Sam and the tavern in the Saturday Night Live Olympia Diner (Cheezborger, Cheezborger!

No fries . . . chips!) skits. I remember . . . I miss . . ., someone will say, and names and faces begin to float through the tavern air. . . In these echoes Kogan lets you see and hear why taverns remain essential social focal points and lets you understand what makes a Chicago original.



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