The Gage

A view of The Gage from Millennium Park (Lenny Gilmore / RedEye / July 15, 2014)

Nestled under Cloud Gate, Park Grill and its adjacent cafe and patio have served as Millennium Park's only in-park restaurant since its debut 10 years ago; however, the park's influence has shaped the dining scene on streets surrounding it as well.

Billy Lawless, owner of nearby restaurant and pub The Gage, has had a front-row view of the area's evolution. "The opening of Millennium Park was a historical marker for [the Loop] and a motivating factor for opening The Gage," he said. It's not just the park itself but also its cultural programming throughout the summer that brings locals and tourists alike to the area, he said. "The impact of this upon the area's dining scene has been immense. Since opening in 2007, we have seen growth year over year with an incredible local surge Monday through Friday and an increase of out-of-town visitors on the weekends."

More than a dozen restaurants have opened in the immediate area since the park's first days. Here's a look at a few of the area's notable openings and closings:

2007

The Gage
24 S. Michigan Ave. 312-372-4243

Tavern at the Park
130 E. Randolph St. 312-552-0070

Pastoral
53 E. Lake St. 312-658-1250


2009

Hot Woks Cool Sushi
30 S. Michigan Ave. 312-345-1234

Sweetwater
225 N. Michigan Ave. 312-698-7111

Terzo Piano
159 E. Monroe St. 312-443-8650


2010

Henri (closed in June 2014; re-opening as 10/6 in August)
18 S. Michigan Ave.

Rudy's Bar & Grille
69 E. Madison St. 312-332-8111
 

2011

Three Forks
180 N. Field Blvd. 312-938-4303

Filini
221 N. Columbus Drive 312-477-0234

Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe
130 E. Randolph St. 312-938-9777

Toni Patisserie & Cafe
65 E. Washington St. 312-726-2020
 

2012

Eggy's Diner
333 E. Benton Place #103 773-234-3449

Maison (closed in 2013)
333 E. Randolph St.

Mezcalina
333 E. Benton Place #100 312-240-5000

 

2014

Yum Cha Dim Sum
333 E. Randolph St. 312-946-8885

Brown Bag Seafood Co.
340 E. Randolph St. 312-496-3999