30 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces

Hot cocktails alone won't abate the wind chill—we found 30 great fireplaces and fire pits for warming up this winter.

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  • Photograph: Lara Kastner

    We're already heading to Allium (The Four Seasons, 120 E Delaware Pl, 312-799-4900, alliumchicago.com) for Mexican hot chocolate spiked with tequila, and it's even better consumed next to the fire.

  • Photo courtesy Cantina Laredo

    We don't normally associate fireside cocktails with margaritas, but that's what we're drinking at Cantina Laredo (508 N State St, 312-955-0014, cantinalaredo.com). The River North chain also has decent guac that's made tableside, so get an order to share.

  • Photograph: Anthony Tahlier

    There are three reasons why Drumbar (201 E Delaware Pl, 312-924-2531, drumbar.com) is pretty much exactly where you (and we) want to spend all winter: There's a fireplace inside, fire pits outside on the roof lounge and cocktails made by talented head bartender Alex Renshaw.

  • Photo courtesy Eno Wine Bar

    For a fire with a side of wine and cheese, Eno Wine Bar (Hotel InterContinental, 505 N Michigan Ave, 312-321-8738, enowinerooms.com) fits the bill. Servers will help you pair wine with cheese and local chocolate.

  • Photo courtesy Frontier

    There are several fireplaces at Frontier (1072 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-772-4322, thefrontierchicago.com), but we like the one in the beer garden. Order charbroiled oysters and sidle up with old and new pals to the large table in front of the stone fireplace.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    There are few better ways to spend a winter evening than drinking Belgian beers and eating mussels at Hopleaf (5148 N Clark St, 773-334-9851, hopleaf.com). The fire keeps things extra toasty.

  • Photo courtesy III Forks

    Located in Lakeshore East,III Forks Prime Steakhouse (180 N Field Blvd, 312-938-4303, 3forks.com) has nice city views and a dining room fireplace. We like the chicken-fried prime rib and traditional steaks.

  • Photograph: Courtesy of North Pond

    There's no better way to admire a wintry Lincoln Park than through the window at North Pond (2610 N Cannon Dr, 773-477-5845, northpondrestaurant.com). Sitting by the fireplace while eating Bruce Sherman's terrific food makes it all extra cozy.

  • Photo courtesy Old Town Social

    We like Old Town Social (455 W North Ave, 312-266-2277, oldtownsocial.com) for housemade hot dogs and other charcuterie, and we especially like it in winter when we can snag a spot by the roaring fire.

  • Ideal for winter date nights, the snug Bar at Peninsula Hotel (108 E Superior St, 312-573-6766, peninsula.com) has a dark bar, comfortable nooks and well-crafted cocktails.

  • Photo courtesy Quartino

    Rustic Italian spot Quartino (626 N State St, 312-698-5000, quartinochicago.com) has a fireplace on the second-floor dining room, where you can dine on housemade charcuterie and order affordable wines by the quarter, half or full liter.

  • Photograph: Anthony Marty

    The dining room at Evanston's Quince (1625 Hinman Ave, Evanston, 847-570-8400, quincerestaurant.net) already feels like a living room, and the fireplace makes the space even more homey.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    We like Lincoln Park newcomer Range (1119 W Webster Ave, 773-549-5747, rangechicago.com) for the kale sandwich, which is really more of a great, gooey grilled cheese made slightly healthier with layers of kale. Eat it while sitting by the fire with a beer flight.

  • Photo courtesy RM Champagne Salon

    When you want your fireplace with a side of oysters and Champagne (or a decadent seafood tower), there's ornately decorated RM Champagne Salon (116 N Green St, 312-243-1199, rmchampagnesalon.com).

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    The flickering fire at Scofflaw (3201 W Armitage Ave, 773-252-9700, scofflawchicago.com) is a lovely backdrop to Danny Shapiro's cocktail list (we're currently crazy about the Swizzle No. 6) and Mickey Neely's food (ditto about the burger).

  • Photograph: Patrick Eberle

    Sheffield�s (3258 N Sheffield Ave, 773-281-4989, sheffieldschicago.com) has two fireplaces, like this one in the Beer School Bar. The bar has one of the best beer lists in town, including a lineup of new-to-Chicago Surly beers.

  • Photo courtesy Stetsons

    Stetsons Modern Steak and Sushi (Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E Wacker Dr, 312-239-4491, stetsonschicago.com) seems to have everything: steaks, sushi, ceviche, and a fireplace that separates the main dining area and lounge.

  • Photo courtesy Table, Donkey and Stick

    Table, Donkey and Stick (2728 W Armitage Ave, 773-486-8525, tabledonkeystick.com) feels like a rustic après-ski chalet, and the back patio's fire kettle only adds to the appeal. Get chartreuse-laced hot chocolate to warm up with.

  • Photo courtesy the Gage

    The Gage (24 S Michigan Ave, 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com) won the Time Out Chicago Best Award for best after-work bar this year, and the cozy fireplace is ideal for sitting next to over a burger and whiskey cocktail from Thomas Mooneyham.

  • Photograph: Matthew Reeves

    The ROOF at theWit Hotel (201 N State St, 312-467-0200, thewithotel.com) isn't just for summer-come winter, there's a fireplace to snuggle up next to and a retractable roof to keep out the chill.

  • Photo courtesy Tortoise Club

    The classic dining room at the Tortoise Club (350 N State St, 312-755-1700, tortoiseclub.com) has leather chairs, wood-paneled walls and a fireplace, all of which encourage unwinding over a strong Manhattan.

  • Photograph: Troy Burt

    Uncommon Ground (3800 N Clark St, 773-929-3680, uncommonground.com) has two fireplaces at its Clark Street location and one at the Edgewater outpost (1401 W Devon Ave), so it won't be hard to find a spot by the fire to sip well-done cocktails.

  • Photo courtesy Vertigo Sky Lounge

    The view at Vertigo Sky Lounge (Dana Hotel & Spa, 660 N State St, 312-202-6060, danahotelandspa.com) is great, but the fire pit and winter ice bar steal the show.

  • Photo courtesy Vie

    Paul Virant's Vie (4471 Lawn Ave, Western Springs, 708-246-2082, vierestaurant.com) is a destination for hyper-seasonal and hyper-local cuisine, and the cozy fireplace and excellent drinks are even more reason to visit.

  • Photo courtesy Wilde

    Cozy up with a book next to the fireplace in the library at Wilde Bar and Restaurant (3130 N Broadway, 773-244-0404, wildechicago.com). If the fire doesn't warm you up, try a flight from the extensive whiskey list.

  • Photograph: Mitch Tobias

    ZED451 (739 N Clark St, 312-266-6691, zed451.com) features meat paraded through the dining room on huge skewers-and a fireplace to relax next to when you've overdone it on ribeye, sausages and other meats.

Photograph: Lara Kastner

We're already heading to Allium (The Four Seasons, 120 E Delaware Pl, 312-799-4900, alliumchicago.com) for Mexican hot chocolate spiked with tequila, and it's even better consumed next to the fire.

Chicago's long winters have one big upside—getting to cozy next to a fireplace while eating and drinking (bonus points if you're drinking a hot cocktail). We found 30 to seek out this winter, and they range from rooftop fire pits with great views of the city to fireplaces at our favorite neighborhood bars.


 



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