The Gage

4.6
7329 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 7329 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nashville
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The gage was the first place we went when we got off the train to Chicago and they welcomed us with open arms and great food!! We loved it. We sat outside under the warm heat lamps and it was a perfect little lunch right before going to take pictures at the Bean! 🤗

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tables are a little close together, but the food and service is phenomenal.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was quite slow, although the quality of the service was excellent. Very noisy, however we were seated near a table of 8 that was a bit boisterous. Overall, I would definitely go back.

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T
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants anywhere. Great food and attentive service superbly managed to provide a wonderful dining experience, even if you have a hamburger. Can't be beat!

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RF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This was my second time enjoying the cuisine for brunch in the past two months. My party this time received subpar service, and the food was warm not hot and sadly not to the standard that was enjoyed in the past. I honestly cannot say the 150.00 spent was well worth 2 adults and 2 children.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service!!

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Good location across from millennial park. Food is always tasty. Upscale Irish spot.

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

Broiled green beans with Guanciale ( server should not say its with bacon ) ,
Guanciale is meat that comes from the jowl of the pig! ! There is no substitute!
Just educate the servers please. It was a delicious dish, loved it!

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JN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed the food and service at the gage. We found it very noisy and difficult to carry a conversation.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful food and diverse offering, desserts especially. the location made it a great choice for anytime.

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K
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was perfect. Food. Ambiance. Service. Location. Looking forward to next time.

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

My cousin and her husband were staying nearby, so the Gage was a convenient choice. Our reserved table was in the extremely loud bar area. Observing our unease ( we awe all over 60 and 2 have hearing problems) our hostess offered to move us to a quieter table in the back which was very much appreciated.

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LB
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the special mahi-mahi. It was a generous portion and nicely presented. Service was excellent. Beware it’s very noisy.

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

Loved the food we ordered especially the Calamari starter!

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f
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always good and reliable. We enjoy this before every symphony .

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EV
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food and service, somewhat overpriced wines, and a deafening noise level. Not the place to take a date or for a business dinner at which it is important to communicate.

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LE
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate at The Gage with my husband and kids ages12,10, and 8, at the urging of a local. We were visiting Chicago for our fall break. I was a little concerned that my picky eaters wouldn’t have any options to choose from, but they offer off menu mac and cheese and grilled cheese. Our dinners were really tasty. Seevice was great. I recommend making a reservation. Wine was pricey. Great dinner!

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CK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner at The Gage was nice once we got to the table. Even with a reservation, the hostess kept saying "Your table is still finishing up dinner", as though there was only one table in the restaurant where we would be seated. Finally after 20 minutes of waiting, I said "We are ready now." and she sat us.
Waiter, Wes?, was helpful, attentive and humorous. We enjoyed him.
Food was respectable however nothing to write home about.
I came here for a business dinner and The Gage met my needs and expectations.

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HC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to The Gage to bring family together. Service was attentive and upbeat. We were happy with entrees but a little disappointed in the Gage's ability to adapt to various allergies (and among our group we had quite a few).
Overall, we were happy and well satisfied.

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TM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I read the reviews and looked at the menu outside and decided to give it a try. The Lamb Loin was cooked to perfection and is served Mediterranean style with feta, tomato, cucumber, peppers and should have has watermelon and potatoes but I asked for them to be left off and instead had Brussels sprouts. It was delicious.


The restaurant is loud, if noise bothers you not the place for you.

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CW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an engaging server who was not intrusive. Really enjoyed our quick lunch before the CSO matinee performance. The house green salad with chicken was especially delicious.

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W
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite places but a bit overcrowded today and even louder than usual.

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JZ
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch before our play. Very crowded but Allison had our table ready. Service was good even with the place almost full.

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Neve disappoints, great food and wonderful service. Close to all downtown attractions.

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JK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great place to meet up with friends and family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, impeccable service! Had an amazing anniversary dinner, thanks The Gage!

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MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for an early pre symphony dinner. Service and food were very good.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I have eaten at Gage many, many times. It is one of my favorite places to eat. I was willing to overlook Thomas’ rudeness as we were on a schedule; however, when a couple sat next to us & he explained the specials, talked about the menu, & asked what they were doing in town, & then brought us the bill without even asking if we were interested in dessert, that was upsetting. Anyway, I have never experienced that before at Gage & hope I din’t in the future.

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LE
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a group of 8 and had a wait just long enough for a cocktail at the bar. We scored the table in the front window and were able to people watch inside and out. Food was great for all. We would recommend to others.

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WB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived early seated nine minutes late

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PD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Gage! Great food, great service, and a great time!

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LW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite a surprise. A pleasant place to have lunch. The staff was friendly.

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ON
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pre-theater meal. We were running late. Called, and the reservation was held 15 minutes. Very much appreciated. I recommend the Gage Salad. Roasted brussel sprouts were also a hit. The bread served at every table is almost a meal in itself. Absolutely packed at 6 p.m. on a Thursday, so make a reservation. Moderate prices for really great food. Faaaaaaasssssttttt service...after finding out we had 7:30 theater tickets, the meal was out and served in about 10 minutes. Excellent, all around.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Avocado Crab Toast, Burger, and Curry Rice Dish. All were delicious. Service by our waiter, Trent, was excellent. All in all a fun girls night out!

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C
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food. We took customers here for a meal - a bit loud, but still a good environment for a business meal.

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F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can't say that I have ever had a bad meal at the Gage. Keep it up Billy!

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NP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was very good, however they ran out of the special fish and it was only 6:30. The place is very noisy even though we were in the quiet section. Service was good although we had to ask for bread. But would go back.

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner -- fabulous wait staff! Go to The Gage!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Very nice BUT too damn loud!

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The Gage was a nice place, but for someone who avoids touristy heavy food places I somehow wound up here anyway. It was super convenient and the people there were friendly and warm. I just have to say as a spoiled foodie, I would not go back for dinner again. Perhaps a nibble and a cocktail before a show nearby.
If food is not your number one reason for heading out, then by all means, it is a great atmosphere with very nice people working there. At our table we had a decent burger, some coconut vegetarian curry that was very heavy and soupy, and the truffle fries which were nice. The two sides, one of green beans and another of root vegetables tasted like something my grandma would make. Simple and bland with no highlights to their natural deliciousness at all.

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