Billy Goat ©Author Adventures

“That’s why I wrote this book: to show how these people can imbue us with hope.
I read somewhere that when a person takes part in community action, his health improves.
Something happens to him or to her biologically. It’s like a tonic.” Studs Terkel

Author and radio personality Studs Terkel was a regular at The Billy Goat Tavern, along with a lively bunch of reporters and Cubs fans. The Tavern, now with nine locations throughout the Chicago area, is also famous for the “Cheezborger” skit of SNL (NBC).

In the 1970s, The Studs Terkel Radio Program interviewed teens, parents, and teachers on controversial topics of the day, including racial issues, drug use, politics, and alternative education.

Read more about Terkel’s life and his books at

The Billy Goat Tavern is the second stop on our Illinois Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart