The Gage

4.6
7408 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
SUNDAY
10am-Midnight

MONDAY
11am-Midnight

TUESDAY - THURSDAY
11am-2am

FRIDAY
11am-2am

SATURDAY
10am-2am
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Phone number
(312) 372-4243
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Gawronski
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 7408 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Extremely solid dining experience all around.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal location near the Art Institute of Chicago.

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EC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with its own unique style

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gage never disappoints.

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IT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The Salmon BLT 's that two of us had were terrible. I ended up with stomach cramps from it. It tasted off, the bread was very difficult to cut even with a steak knife.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was attentive without being overbearing. He went above and beyond to split our shared meal without being asked. Food was delicious. Definitely will be back

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VG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On my reservation on Open Table, I had noted that it was a reunion with a close friend I hadn’t seen in a long time, and requested a special table. They seated us at a nice table and the nicest surprise came when a lady said they heard thisvus s special reunion of best friends and offered us lovely glasses of champagne with a cherry.... made our get together feel so totally special. Thank you!

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BT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The elk, the hangar steak, the scallops are off the charts. Excellent selection of wine and beer. Staff is friendly and fun. My go to spot when in Chicago.

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c
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The reason I didn't rate the restaurant higher is because of the noise level; the music was too loud.

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JJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gage is my overall favorite restaurant. This time I decided to have lunch at the bar. Wow! The service was excellent; attentive, personal and friendly. My meal, as always, was outstanding; cooked to perfection and flavorful. I had the hanger steak and fries. The Gage knows how to cook steak exactly to your liking. Their menu is creative and wines are very good. Thank you Gage!

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting in Chicago for 4 days and had brunch here on Saturday (5 stars for food/service/ambience) and dinner on Monday (marked off one star for service as waiter not very attentive). Food was outstanding. I had the corned beef hash at brunch and it was the best I have every had. We liked the handcrafted cocktails so much from brunch that we ordered the same ones Monday evening - Gage Old Fashioned with orange peel in it and Thyme Flies (tasted sort of like a Mojito but with thyme instead of mint - yummy). Shared a beef burger on Monday night which was huge and excellent. Fries were about average.

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K
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here. It was great. Had a good wine list. Ambience is fun and inviting. Started out with crab avocado toast, was good. more crab then avocado but still good. My favorite was the Thai Coconut Curry. I added shrimp to mine. IT WAS AMAZING! Would return to this establishment.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at the Gage is reliably excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and great service. We went twice on this trip and we’ll go back again next time we’re in town!

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J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

If you have reservations elsewhere after this dinner, tell them; however, the waiter will still most likely screw it up and make it so you have no time to eat your main course, which you will have to take to go. The service is terrible.

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D
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorites. Always welcoming (the Billy Lawless touch) and from drinks to desserts great quality and helpful servers. Have never had a bad meal or bad service at the Gage.

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BK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I have dined at the Gage on several occasions over the years, primarily for Sunday brunch before a Bears game. The food is excellent and the service is usually very good, but this last Sunday it was not up to par. Service was very slow and the server kept disappearing for long periods of time to the point we kept having to ask other staff people to find her. I'm hoping this was an isolated incident.

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MC
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very loud with obnoxious music - really awful, terrible music. Food was very mediocre for the price. Nothing special. Good bar scene and good location for theater, but not worth a special trip otherwise.

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Knowledgeable staff, well prepared high quality ingredients, limited menu means they can really focus on each dish.

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DS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was great - from a warm welcome, great cocktails, wine and food - very friendly and helpful service, and all in a timely manner. Thankyou.

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m
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Excellent service. Recommend corned beef hash and bread pudding.

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HS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting with a group of eight people. Menu was accommodating to all and seating was good for the group. Service was very good. Only negative was that it was quite noisy but we were still able to carry on conversation. Overall a very positive experience.

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EJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service. We have eaten at the Gage three times this month...it’s that good.

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Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best corned beef hash I've ever had! Loved the croissant monkey bread type of thing as well. Chilaquiles was good. Service was great! They were out of a menu item and server didn't tell us until we ordered it.

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b
Oklahoma City
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The calamari appetizer was the best we’d ever had! Tender and cooked perfectly. Thai coconut curry with scallops were delicious. Wish I remembered our waiter’s name because he was wonderful. If you like chocolate, the “peanut butter cup” was over the top. By far, the best meal we had in the city!

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n
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place never disappoints with food, drink, or service. The only caution is to be aware that when busy, it gets very noisy and loud in certain spots, especially at tables open to the bar area. So if you want to converse, without getting laryngitis, ask for a table in the back, or in the middle dining room furthest away from the bar. The noise levels there are perfectly reasonable for conversation.

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BS
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We met a couple who were visiting Chicago and staying near The Gage.
We took them out for lunch in between their architectural river cruise
and Art Institute tour. We had a wonderful time at The Gage.
The black bean veggie burger was a hit.

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s
Chicago
123 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great venison burger as always. Overtly noisy and crowded but otherwise spot on.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! First timers and would highly recommend and definitely go back!

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KK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Gage is always a wonderful place to eat. The inventive menu and knowledgeable staff make choosing dishes a delightful adventure.

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JL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed in our meal. Food was okay but service was poor and we were rushed to order and get out. Expensive for the quality of the food. Will not be returning.

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K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good to very good on every level - except very - VERY loud. Not good if you actually want to have a dinner conversation.

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RO
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful as usual.

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner after the theatre. The Gage was recommended by friends. Outstanding! Great service and excellent food.

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambience, and comfort food that manages to stand out.

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S
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-Hamilton lunch. Wonderful food and service made for a great experience. Best food in the Loop.

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t
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Pleasant when we arrived at 11:00 AM, but unbearable loud by the time we left.

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite places to eat and bring friends/clients in the city! Elk rack is the best

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Next time I'm not going to wait so long to return! My husband is a chef and we last were here for a brunch with our family the day after our wedding 7 years ago. This time we came back for dinner. The Calamari was so unique and unexpectedly amazing, Scallops out of this world, and the chicken was so tasty. I'm lucky to live in Chicagoland and will visit again soon and so should you

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W
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was fine.

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