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31 Chicago bars and restaurants with fireplaces

Snuggle up to one of these cozy fireplaces with a hot drink to stay warm.

Morgan Olsen
Jeffy Mai
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Morgan Olsen
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Jeffy Mai
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The temperatures have dipped and fall is fully upon us. It’s time to bust out the jackets and start preparing for the cold months ahead. One of the best ways to stay toasty is by cozying up next to a warm fireplace. Fortunately, many Chicago spots offer this comforting amenity. If you’re not afraid of the open-air elements, head up to Cindy’s or Cabra for breathtaking views and fun libations. Rather stay indoors? Owen & Engine and Scofflaw have everything you need to stay a while. The following places also double as some of the best bars and rooftops in the city. So don’t let the chilly weather keep you home; check out our guide to the best Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces to have a good time.

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Bars and restaurants with fireplaces

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  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

Mosey on up to the second floor of this beloved gastropub and snag a seat next to the regal-looking fireplace. If the flames don’t comfort you, the hearty British plates and the exceptional burger dressed with caramelized onions certainly will.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Loop
  • price 3 of 4

Outfitted with firepits and flannel blankets to keep you warm, the sprawling terrace at Cindy's invites guests to curl up with a glass of wine or a hot cocktail and enjoy one of the best views in the city.

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • West Loop

No matter the season, Stephanie Izard’s Peruvian-inspired restaurant in the Hoxton hotel is a popular attraction. And even when it’s cold out, folks can hang on the rooftop thanks to a roaring fireplace that’ll keep them warm as they down pisco sours.

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  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Streeterville
  • price 3 of 4

The Peninsula's stunning rooftop lounge has it all: sweeping city views, wordly cocktails, a roster of shareable snacks and two modern fireplaces that beckon you outside.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • West Loop

Come for the grilled kebabs and hummus, but stay for the beckoning outdoor fire pits. When the weather outside is too frightful, a lush indoor dining room makes an excellent backup option.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Wicker Park
  • price 3 of 4

With dim lights and well-made cocktails, the Violet Hour is already a top choice for winter drinking. Add in a fireplace, and you've got one of the best seasonal destinations in the city.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Loop
  • price 1 of 4

In the Drawing Room on the second floor of Chicago Athletic Association, three fireplaces add a warm feel to the library-like lobby. Commandeer some couches and settle in for a round of drinks.

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  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Edgewater
  • price 1 of 4

Ravenswood locals flock to this bar for its namesake’s warmth and coziness—and heavy pours of Scotch. Grab a seat on the all-weather patio or vie for a spot near the action in the main dining room.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • River West/West Town

An eclectic, art-filled cocktail lounge sporting lots of comfy seating, the Dandy Crown is an ideal place to post up for a couple of hours—especially in the back, where there’s a fireplace, or outside by the fire pit.

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  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Sheffield & DePaul

Three fireplaces spread across two floors means you’re never far from a warm embrace at this charming Lincoln Park pub. The shelves lined with books may even inspire you to get comfortable enough to finish a novel over a few pints of beer.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Tucked into the back corner of the Freehand Hotel lobby are two fireplaces ideal for warming up in winter. The funky lobby has a cabin vibe and dark lighting, plus board games like backgammon for whiling away cold nights over tropical cocktails.

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  • Bars
  • Dive bars
  • Andersonville
  • price 2 of 4

When the temperature dips and the snow starts to fall in Chicago, locals know to head to Simon's for a glass of soul-soothing glögg (or mulled wine for the uninitiated) next to the red-brick fireplace.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Lincoln Park
  • price 2 of 4

Farm-to-table fare and stylish decor lure patrons to Range in Lincoln Park. The space features chandeliers made from cattle ear tags and a fireplace in the back that keeps the room toasty.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

You don’t have to go north of the border for a supper club experience. This River North restaurant will make you feel right at home in its warm and cozy Red Room, a private space with a fireplace. The menu of prime rib, meatloaf and other hearty fare are an added bonus.

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