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The Gage

robertwcook16 Jun 5, 2013 08:22 PM

Any opinions on The Gage for pre theater dinner? Have tix to Book of Mormon on the 4th of July...

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    hoppy2468 Jun 6, 2013 05:44 AM

    Love it. Lively atmosphere, great food, can be crowded but you should be ok since you will be going early. Make a reservation. If you prefer something calmer than a gastropub, try next door at Henri...also owned by the Gage people.

    1. nsxtasy Jun 6, 2013 06:56 AM

      All the nicer restaurants in the Loop are accustomed to pre-theater dining. Just make sure to mention what time you would like to be done, when making your reservation as well as upon your arrival, and they'll be happy to accommodate you.

      1. robertwcook16 Jun 6, 2013 08:12 PM

        Thanks for the help. I have made reservations at 5:30 for a 7:30 curtain. Hopefully that will be good timing...

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        1. re: robertwcook16
          nsxtasy Jun 6, 2013 08:54 PM

          Just let them know what time you want to be done. It's less than a ten-minute walk to the theater.

          We did a 5:30 seating at tesori prior to a 7:30 curtain for the same show; it only took an hour for dinner there so we were 30-45 minutes earlier than we needed to be.

        2. RealMenJulienne Jun 12, 2013 10:42 AM

          The Gage is a solid, upscale pub. An unremarkably good restaurant with no stinkers on their menu (except the artisinal sausage plate, don't get that). The best thing about the place is the view of Millenium Park and Michigan Ave so make sure your get an outdoor or front window seat.

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          1. re: RealMenJulienne
            chicgail Jun 12, 2013 04:20 PM

            Unremarkable is the right word.

            One of those places that does most things pretty well but I can't think of a thing that stands out.

            Much better gastropubs in town.

            1. re: chicgail
              RealMenJulienne Jun 13, 2013 09:08 AM

              I may have come off as indifferent about the place, but I actually like it and always enjoy going there. I think of it as a pleasant place to sit that happens to serve food.

          2. nsxtasy Jun 13, 2013 09:15 AM

            Sometimes it's okay to go to a place that's "unremarkable" - decent rather than exceptional - because of its convenience, and pre-theater dining in proximity to the show is a good example.

            That being said, the last two times I had a pre-theater dinner near the Bank of America theater, I went for Italian, at tesori and Vivere, and both were outstanding, not a compromise made for the sake of convenience.

            www.tesorichicago.com
            www.vivere-chicago.com

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