Think of this handsome spot across from Millennium Park as an Irish pub that went to culinary school. It's got that slap-you-on-the-back charm, but it also goes the extra mile with a menu of snazzy comfort fare.
Billy Lawless, an original partner in the The Grafton, has partnered up with his father (also Billy) to open The Gage. Dirk Flanigan (ex-Meritage, Blue Water Grill) is exec chef, offering a globally influenced American menu – think lamb chop and stew vindaloo or roasted saddle of elk with mashed potatoes, juniper berry and rosemary. The interior has a 1930s vintage-industrial vibe with moss-green subway tiles and reclaimed factory windows. The space makes a great business meeting or office party destination for its Loop neighbors.