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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.

24 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
SUNDAY
10am-10pm
(bar open until 11pm)

MONDAY
11am-10pm
(bar open until 11pm)

TUESDAY - THURSDAY
11am-11pm
(bar open until 12am)

FRIDAY
11am-12am
(bar open until 2am)

SATURDAY
10am-12am
(bar open until 3am)

Cross Street:
Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 372-4243

Website:
http://www.thegagechicago.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Gawronski

Additional:
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:
Private Events Manager
events@thegagechicago.com
312-372-4001

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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.

The Gage Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (99)
Pre/post Theatre (90)
Great for Lunch (86)
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Bar Seating (84)
Good for a Date (82)
Creative Cuisine (75)
Special Occasion (75)
Vibrant Bar Scene (74)
Fun (71)
Casual (67)
Business Meals (67)
Hot Spot (66)
Neighborhood Gem (63)
Great for Brunch (49)
Comfort Food (48)
Handcrafted Cocktails (47)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Good for Groups (44)
Happy Hour (43)
Great Beer (41)
People Watching (40)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Cozy (38)
Sunday Lunch (38)
Romantic (33)
Notable Wine List (32)
Authentic (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Late-night Find (23)
Local Ingredients (19)
Seasonal (19)
Quick Bite (17)
Healthy (14)
Afternoon Coffee (12)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Scenic View (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Live Sports (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Tapas (4)
Waterfront (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
Vegan (3)
Spicy (2)
Live Music (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Very good food

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service. Our server was so wonderful and accommodating. Will definitely be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

I've been to The Gage several times and I think its best feature is the location. There are few good dining options in this stretch of Michigan Avenue and I mostly frequent The Gage before or after I attend a concert at Symphony Center. The decor is nice and there's always a lot of energy in the place - good luck finding a spot to sit at the bar or even stand by the bar during peak times. The cocktails are excellent and the beer and wine offerings are good. The food is fine but nothing special and overpriced. The servers seem to be on top of it and navigate a very busy dining room and bar exceptionally well. I really want the menu to be better but it's just O.K. in my opinion. They're lucky because they seem to have the monopoly in this area. I think the brunch menu is better than dinner. I'm never excited to go to The Gage, I go out of convenience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The bar is very boisterous, so if you’re eating at a table nearby, it will be very difficult to have a conversation with your fellow diners.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Co-workers Birthday

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

I went to Gage as I was staying close by and it had good reviews. Well I have to say I was impressed upon my arrival. Staff was professional and very attentive. I ordered a black Manhatten and the first one was excellent. The second one made by another bartender was a bit bitter. I believe they added too much of the sweet vermouth....for dinner I ordered off of the small plates and had poutine and sausage. The poutine came in a large bowl with heaping amounts of melt on your mouth braised pork shoulder the gravy complimented the fries perfectly. My only drawback on this dish was the amount of cheese curds, I struggled to find them, but all in all the pork shoulder made this dish very worth while. The sausage plate was excellent ! I have had every type of sausage from all over europe, North America and Russia and put this sausage as one of the best ever! Grilled perfectly to a beautiful dark brown that gave the casing a perfect snap. The meat was juicy delicious and paired perfectly with the mustards provided. The room is great with a high energy of business professionals and locals. Well done, I will be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful experience. Our server Shawn was fabulous. Cannot say enough good things about the food. Very very pleasantly surprised

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Melissa was so delightful... attentive yet not obtrusive... graceful and gracious

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·Dined 6 days ago

Poutine was lukewarm on top, hotter on the bottom and unremarkable. Venison burger good, butter lettuce salad good but nothing to travel for. Made reservation with note that it's my kid's birthday/special occasion and that I'd like to hear suggestions, didn't hear back. Called that morning and confirmed special dessert. No mention by greeters or wait staff and had to ask her to check that all was in order. Would not return.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

I've been to The Gage a few times and have always enjoyed it. Everything was delicious this time around, but have to admit, the service was far less than acceptable this time around. I will certainly go back as this seems to be an anomaly, but thought it poor enough during this visit for a mention....

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 (Toledo)·Dined 7 days ago

We showed up for reservation. Had to wait about ten minutes for table. Once we were seated, the service was excellent. So was the food. Portions are generous so ordering" half- size " was perfect and greatly appreciated. All recommendations by the server were wonderful. Great place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

The restaurant was fantastic, starting with our waitress. She made the evening one to remember with her knowledge of the food and adult beverages. She asked if we had a schedule to keep (nearby Orchestra Hall) and made sure we had plenty of time. She was prompt with a fresh drink and check on our table frequently without being overbearing. The poutine was a delightful find and could have been a meal in itself. Just the right amount of kick. Go hungry when you visit!

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

After bears game burger

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We made reservations for brunch on Sunday - glad we did! It was so busy —- due to that service was a bit slow but the food was excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wow , this place is by far one of the nicest places and my new favorite spot . The service was simply five star and the Cuban lobster roll paired with a nice savingnon Blanc , yum

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I’ve been there for other meals and enjoyed my food, but everything we ate off their brunch menu was terrible. Dry, sense sticky buns that weren’t sticky at all. An egg blt with the egg prepared over hard. A Benedict with no flavor. Potatoes covered in grease. Bland Bloody Mary (even though we ordered the spicy version). Overall, very disappointing food experience at a restaurant that is normally pretty good. Our server was pretty good, and, as always, great ambiance and location.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food ok, not great! Service good but almost too much attention to water glasses. Sat us in booth across from kitchen door even though I had the reservation for some time. I know it's the go-to place in Chicago, but we have so many great brunch spots in DC. They obviously need a few more good spots along Lakeshore.
Probably not go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our waiter had a large table near us, so it took a while any time we needed things (drinks, ordering, bill...) but the food was great and so was the location!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We ordered drinks and an appetizer , the appetizer took 40 min and we had to ask the waiter multiple times if it was coming. Then our dinner took another 30 min. They gave us a free drink but it was frustrating because other people were getting their food without issues. Food was good but not amazing , plenty of comparable burger places in Chicago and the service was horrible. The “special dessert “ was apple crisp and it tasted like pure salt . We won’t be returning.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My experience at the Gage has been consistently positive. . .excellent food and service at a moderate price.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was absolutely fabulous - truly magnificent flavors expertly created - and service was also excellent. Quite loud though even at 7pm on a week night. Difficult to have a conversation even at a table for 2. Can't imagine trying to enjoy dinner with a larger party. Would love to go back at a quieter time.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

WAY to much NOISE!!!! Can't hear anyone across the table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was great. Service was great. Noise level makes it very difficult for conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We went for dinner with friends, very good food and beer. Very noise and crowed in the the day we came.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The Gage continues to impress with an ever changing menu, knowledge and friendly staff, and a lively environment. Although the main part of the restaurant (surrounding the bar) can be loud, the back rooms are suitable for more relaxed and intimate settings.

Now at the helm is the charming and sincere Kevin Grace who always goes out of his way to make my guests feel at home.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The best chicken soup I’ve ever had; fresh ingredients, no salt/ sodium, nice presentation. Would come here again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I can't say enough good things about the Gage. Staff is friendly, thoughtful and great at their jobs. They always remember me and always take good care of my guests - and I don't even live in Chicago!!

Rebecca and Olivia are outstanding, Brendan behind the bar makes great drinks and innovative suggestions and Brendan the manager is always there to support the team.

My favorite restaurant in Chicago and, maybe, the US.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Table of 3: broccoli cheese soup, chicken sandwich and fish and chips. Neither warranted excitement, which is too bad because we were really looking forward to a nice experience based on what we’ve read.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lunch on Sunday before a matinee. Great location. Quick walk to the theater. Loved the banana bread and fried pickles

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great brunch choices! Excellent service! Will come again!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great time, great food great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

As usual, we had great drinks and great food. A busy place but we always feel special going there.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very polished and professional upscale pub food. Nice choice for the area, but not really a destination restaurant.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We love the Gage. The ambiance is great, the menu interesting and changes from time to time. The wine list is terrific. We love the cozy old-world feel. it's the real deal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant is close to the symphony on Michigan. We had the Venison burger and the Amish chicken. Both were yummy. Excellent service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Korean BBQ style Chicken & Waffles were delicious. Blood Orange Mimosas (both with and without alcohol) were refreshing. On the expensive side for brunch, but worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

It’s my favorite spot to eat at. The best Guinness this side of the pond!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We chose this restaurant for lunch due to its close proximity to the CIBC theater but we were thrilled with the food, ambiance and service. Everything was delicious and the service was terrific. I would love to return to the Gage for dinner. I would absolutely recommend the Gage!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had my parents in Chicago from Ireland and they loved the restaurant. Enjoyable food and atmosphere. Will most definitely return

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The restaurant and food were delicious! Our waitress was lovely and we would definitely return. The noise level was high, but we knew it was going to be busy (day before Thanksgiving!) Our seats were right by the front door, so every time the door opened the cold would come straight for us- next time, I would request that we be moved back a bit more. Beyond that, I would definitely go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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