A goat poses for a photo earlier this week at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
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GOATS IN THE CITYGoats hold a dramatic role in Chicago history. The infamous “Billy Goat” curse, placed on the Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern founder Billy Sianis after he and his goat got ejected from Wrigley Field in 1945, has supposedly prevented the team from winning a world championship. Goats have been embedded in the lore of the city ever since—The Billy Goat Tavern inspired the famous “Olympia Restaurant” skit on Saturday Night Liv,e and more recently, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s West Loop restaurant, Girl and the Goat, has received national attention for its rustic, innovative dishes. So far, though, nothing has lifted Billy Goat curse.
It is too soon to tell if the O’Hare goats will reverse the Cubs’ bad luck.