In 1967, three years after opening on Hubbard Street, Billy expands into an adjoining space that used to be a parking ramp. He hires workmen to put up wood paneling on the walls, and for one day at least, as Sun-Times columnist Tom Fitzpatrick describes it, the place “looked like your classic suburban recreation room.”

In this new room, with a champagne and caviar party, Billy unveils the Wall of Fame, dominated at its center by a at its center by a hand-drawn portrait of Billy that dwarfs the photos on either side. These are the faces of 37 men and one woman who were once top-ranking newspaper editors, reporters, and columnists; a couple of television personalities and one newspaper publisher; one mayor and a man who was the chauffeur for a Tribune editor.

There is probably not a person alive who can identify all of these faces.

Learn more Billy Goat history in the book A Chicago Tavern a Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream by Rick Kogan:


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