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)