Saturday, September 29, 2012
Stone Faced and the Billy Goat Tavern
The other day we had the opportunity to visit an interesting Chicago landmark and grab a geocache while we were at it. The name of the geocache is Stone Faced and for this particular cache you had to go to the Tribune Tower and take a photo of one of the famous features of the building.
The Tribune Tower is located on Michigan Ave. World famous WGN broadcasts from the building.
Prior to it's being built in 1925, Colonel McCormick sent correspondents out with the unusual request to bring back rocks and bricks from historic sites throughout the world. The relics they brought back were incorporated into the outside lower levels of the building, and labeled with their original origins.
And recently added.....
It was interesting to walk around the building and get to touch artifacts from around the world!
Afterwards we walked across the street and had lunch at the Billy Goat Tavern, which is located underneath Michigan Ave.
The Billy Goat Tavern is known for several things, one of them being "The Cubs Curse." The original owner of the tavern, William Sianis, brought his goat to Game 4 of the World Series in 1945, when the Cubs were playing a home game against Detroit. Cubs Owner, Philip Wrigley, allegedly kicked Sianis and his goat out of their box seats because the goat smelled. In retaliation Sianis placed a curse on the Cubs, saying they would never win another pennant or play in a World Series.
If you're familiar with the old Saturday Night Live bit where John Belushi screams "Cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger!" well, this is the restaurant on which they based their Olympia Cafe.
Yes, I had a cheezborger and when I ordered "fries," I was told "no fries, cheeps." So I had a cheezborger and cheeps and afterwards went outside and found another geocache - Ziggy vs. The Goat.