When the Gage first opened across from Millennium Park, people who live and work nearby (like me) were excited to finally see a restaurant concept that rises to the high standards of Loop dining, but with a lot more character and in a casual setting. It hasn't disappointed. This gastropub has done a great job of serving many needs in the spot: the beautiful full bar offers an excellent range of beer and wines, an extensive menu presents everything from a quick snack to a Roasted Saddle of Elk, and outdoor cafe seating is in high demand during the summer. The menu items are packed with rich, pub-inspired flavors -- it's mostly red-meat options are accompanied by bacon emulsions, brie and camembert, and duck confit -- this is rich comfort food with serious sophistication. Lunch and dinner reservations are a good idea, as waits can be long.