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About The Gage
Loved by locals and visitors alike, The Gage is the iconic restaurant on Michigan Avenue featuring refined, rustic cuisine in the historic Gage Group Buildings. The Gage offers upscale, yet casual dining in a vintage atmosphere inspired by the gastropubs of Ireland and England. The Gage's menu "covers every craving" (TimeOut Chicago) and includes Scotch eggs, fresh seafood, locally made sausages, burgers, steaks and salads. The Gage offers the perfect setting for a casual drink, a business meeting or a formal event -- refined rusticity, steps from Millennium Park.
Chicago, IL 60603
American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
(bar open until 11pm)
(bar open until 11pm)
TUESDAY - THURSDAY
(bar open until 12am)
(bar open until 2am)
(bar open until 3am)
Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are on the west side of Michigan Avenue between Madison Street and Monroe Street and next to The Gage, our sister restaurant. Valet parking is available at the University Club, 76 East Monroe Street.
To self-park, we recommend the Grant Park NORTH garage, accessible from Michigan Avenue. The Monroe Street / south end of this garage is the section nearest to our entrance.
The CTA "EL" stop at Madison Street and Wabash Street for Brown, Purple, Green, Orange and Pink Lines is less than two blocks from The Gage.
CTA bus lines 3, 4, X4, 14, 26, 127, 145, 147, 148, and 151 all stop within a block of The Gage.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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The Gage's menu "covers every craving". Ideal for private parties, rehearsal dinners and corporate meetings, The Gage's event space options include semi-private and private dining rooms offering the vibe of a busy establishment or complete privacy.
The Gage Ratings and Reviews
Chose this restaurant at random during our trip to the Art Institute and I'm so glad we did! The food was great (and you got a lot for the price), the drink list had a great selection, and the atmosphere was very cool. Our wonderful waiter made the whole thing that much better.
Have been to the Gage a number of times and have never been disappointed...in the front, it's loud and there is great people watching. In the back you can talk to your dining companions more. I like the sharing style of ordering several of the smaller items. No bread is served, which is good, keep all your room for the good stuff. Did not have time to look at the desserts...will have to go back!
Location was it's main draw. Plenty of staff constantly walking around the room. Heard rave reviews about the fish & chips - fish was very bland, fries were terrible. Prosecco was great. Chocolate creme brulee also lacking in flavor. Maybe just a bar scene.
We had lunch here after a morning of sightseeing. I was impressed with the menu and could have tried many things, it was hard to decide. The mango and beet salad was delicious and refreshing. The venison burger was sumptuous. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. This is a great place along Michigan Ave. and a perfect lunch spot when touring that area of Chicago.
Really enjoyed my visit to the Gage - showed up ~15 min late to our reservation but it was no problem (and actually they had several seats open for lunch on a Monday). The food was delicious - I got the half soup half sandwich combo which also came with a side of fries making it a pretty good deal, everything was great!
Great restaurant! Wanted to eat here for years and finally got around to it. It was worth the wait, and pushing past the bar crowd to our table. Get the fried pickles! Not a long menu but quality dishes. Had the elk with a side of brussel sprouts, and both were excellent. Polite & efficient service.
The Gage offers high end service and food, but in an accessible, warm and inviting setting. I recently enjoyed their brunch menu and we had the most attentive, kind server. The food is out of this world and incredibly special without being too high-brow. The portions are generous, the combinations are inventive and the flavor is so fresh and rich -- and for the price, you can't beat it!
Customer service is also a priority -- our main course was delayed to a kitchen error (which we personally didn't mind because we were in no rush and it's not typical as I have been there a few times and never had any issues - this was truly just an honest mistake) and the manager went above and beyond to compensate for the delay.
We will be back!
The Gage is a classic. On Michigan avenue and close to some of my favorite Chicago sites, it is a handy place to grab good basic American cuisine at a reasonable price given it's location.
Good wine menu. Service for me has always been excellent.
I was a bit confused on this last visit. I ordered what I thought was Peking duck but essentially it was a basic roasted duck breast. I didn't bring it up to management as was on date and didn't want to cause a scene...at any rate, I suspect it was my bad for not paying close enough attention to the menu.
Overall, if you want to hang out around Millennium Park, give the Gage a try. (By the way, Cindi's Rooftop Bar just down street is a great place to have a cocktail before you hit the Gage.
We were seated about 15 minutes after our reservation time, which for a teeny tiny restaurant in Chicago on a Saturday night wasn't too bad. The noise level was totally unacceptable. (Again, I learned on this trip to Chicago that basically every restaurant is too loud and crowded.) The food was good; nothing particularly outstanding. Pricey for what it was.
The Gage never disappoints!! This was the first time I tried the Thai Coconut Curry and it melted in my mouth. We always have the mussels and they never disappoint. We accidentally ordered the Burratta and didn't realize it had ham (my friends are vegetarian) they removed from our bill even though it was our fault. Our waitress Brie was wonderful!!
This is not a place where you can enjoy a dinner and a conversation. It was very noisy, and the front room was packed so people were talking on tops of their lungs. My duck dish was ok, but my friend's salmon was stale and dry - he was very disappointed. It is not an inexpensive menu.
With friends traveling in and out of Chicago, it is important to have a few clutch restaurants that can deliver for big groups that take reservations. The Gage impressed us with their small yet delicious, well-rounded menu as well as the attention of the servers and overall ambiance.
This review is based totally on a 1st visit/ impression and a set of unfortunate circumstances, so maybe a 2nd visit might be warranted. We planned to dine before an 8p CSO performance and were very late for our 6:15p reservation, thanks to the ridiculous Cinco de Mayo traffic on Friday evening; apparently budgeting 3 hours of travel from Lake county was not enough to get us there in time! I called to alert the restaurant in time, and they agreed to extend the rsvp by at most 30 min; that was nice of them as we just barely made it. But when we got there, we waited almost 45 min. more, so where was the waiting table? The place was absolutely packed and very noisy, not at all what I needed after the horrendously long ride in. Finally getting seated, we waited awhile for service and I was starved and thirsty. The menu was incorrectly priced on the Opentable website; it showed as $$ but the menu is definitely $$$ or higher, so that was problematic. I also wasn't able to find anything on it that suited my palate. I don't mind pricey menus, but there has to be at least something on them I like. I also thought this was American Pub fare; being a native NYC girl, I've eaten all kinds of pub, tavern and bar food etc., so I'm guessing this is some type of "nouveau pub cuisine" or the way you guys do it in Chicago. Either way, the only item that interested me was the Beer Battered Fish and Chips which was okay; it was nicely presented, a good sized portion, and the chips were actually very tasty.
Our waitress was very amicable despite the fact that she was very over-assigned, so service was slow. The riesling I ordered was crisp and tart, nice with the fish. Overall, I'd say the dining experience here in Chicago and my expectations have clashed once again; but since I'm new transplant, I'll keep trying...I'm sure I'll get it right at some point...
In my opinion the best food of the Downtown pub/restaurants. I have eaten there several times and I have never been disappointed. I especially like the half sandwich and soup for lunch. This visit I had the short rib sandwich and the chicken orzo soup. It was quite filing especially since it is served with a side.
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