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Cozy Up in Front of a Fireplace

Restaurants and bars with a great fireplace


If summer is all about getting outside to eat and drink on patios and rooftops throughout the city, winter moves things inside where you can cozy up in front of a fireplace. Here you can eat hearty fare, sip big red wines and enjoy hefty beers and well-crafted bourbon cocktails. Sure, you can fire up your own (assuming you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace – just don’t forget to open the flue), but isn’t it more fun to put on your new parka, wrap yourself in a snuggly cashmere scarf and venture out?

There are plenty of places all over the city where you can warm yourself in front of a fireplace. Below is a selection of some of our favorites. Looking for more? Time Out Chicago has a list of more than 40 spots.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Drawing Room – These three fireplaces have been warming bones since 1893! (Loop)

Cindy’s Rooftop – Sure, it’s an outdoor fire pit, but check out that view! (Loop)

Drumbar – The roof is the place to be in summer, but come winter, enjoy the fireplace in this sexy, masculine space. (Streeterville)

Northside Bar & Grill — When you want a cool, neighborhood hang that’s been an anchor for two decades, pop in here. (Bucktown)

Heavy Feather – A fireplace in a ’70s throwback bar? Yeah, we’ll meet you there. (Logan Square)

Fireside – The place is called the Fireside for a reason. Go on the weekend for its epic bloody mary bar. (Edgewater)

Broken Shaker – While you’re there, start a game of life-size Jenga! (River North)

The Grafton – Get your fill of fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and big, juicy burgers at this classic Irish pub. (Lincoln Square)

Fountainhead – With one of the best whiskey selection in Chicago, you’ll warm up in no time. (Ravenswood)

Old Town Social — Housemade charcuterie and a hefty tap beer selection await you. (Old Town)

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