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Photograph: Neil Burger

30 Chicago bars and restaurants with fireplaces

Hot cocktails alone won't abate the wind chill—snuggle up next to one of these cozy fireplaces

By Morgan Olsen
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If surviving long, brutal winters was an Olympic sport, Chicagoans would score gold year after year. Lucky for us, the best bars in Chicago transform into cozy hideouts to accommodate us. The best of the bunch even have warm, roaring fireplaces to really help us thaw from the frigid temps outside. From all-season rooftop bars to Michelin star restaurants in Chicago and beloved dives, these local hotspots have the best fireplaces in town. Grab a table near the flames, order a round of drinks and cozy up for the night.

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Bars and restaurants with fireplaces

elske patio
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodríguez

1. Elske

Restaurants Contemporary American West Loop

There's an impressive outdoor fireplace in the alcove just outside the entrance to David and Anna Posey's West Loop eatery. After the couple feeds you, take a breather next to the calming flames.

Chicago Athletic Association
Photograph: Thomas Hart Shelby

2. Cindy's

Restaurants Contemporary American Loop

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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Photograph: Kyle Flubaker

3. The Darling

Restaurants American creative West Loop

Decked out in 1900s manor decor, hundreds of vintage books and two fireplaces, the first-floor Library at the Darling makes an ideal backdrop for a cold winter night. Tabletop board games and live entertainment keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning.

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Photograph: Anthony Tahlier

4. The Dawson

Restaurants American River West/West Town

The Dawson boasts two roaring fireplaces: Cozy up outdoors by the massive stone mantle, or take it inside and snuggle next to the modern fireplace upstairs.

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Photograph: Jude Goergen

5. Scofflaw

Bars Lounges Logan Square

The folks at Scofflaw offer two things that make winter feel a bit more manageable: lots of gin-laced cocktails and a flickering fireplace, located in the main lounge.

Photograph: Neil Burger

6. Z Bar

Bars Hotel bars Streeterville

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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The Moonlighter
Photograph: Jude Goergen

7. The Moonlighter

Restaurants Logan Square

This Logan Square watering hole is outfitted with a partially enclosed indoor fireplace that feels like its own private space. The first-come, first-served area makes an impressive backdrop for date night.

Drumbar
Photo: Clayton Hauck

8. Drumbar

Bars Cocktail bars Streeterville

Situated atop the Raffaello Hotel in the Gold Coast, Drumbar is the kind of cocktail lounge that makes it easy to go into hibernation, with a beautiful fireplace inside and cozy fire pits outside on the rooftop terrace.

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Photograph: Meghan Leigh Photography

9. Frontier

Restaurants Contemporary American River West/West Town

Frontier boasts several fireplaces, but we're drawn to the imposing stone hearth in the beer garden. Order a round of charbroiled oysters for the table and stay a while.

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Photograph: Chandler West

10. Fireside

Bars Lounges Edgewater

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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Photograph: Courtesy Park & Field

11. Park & Field

Bars Sports Bars Logan Square

Though its kitchen and bar are housed in a former auto repair garage, Park & Field's main draw is its gigantic patio, which is dotted with fire pits. Secure a seat, order a basket of s'mores and tell winter to shove it.

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Photograph: Berga & Gonzalez

12. Tied House

Restaurants Lake View

Sandwiched between Schubas Tavern and Tied House sits a grand outdoor fireplace. Grab a seat outside and warm your hands in front of the hearth, or enjoy the flames at a distance from a table inside.

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Photograph: Jeff Marini

13. Aba

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.

Photograph: Joni Kat Anderson

14. The Violet Hour

Bars Cocktail bars Wicker Park

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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Photograph: Neil Burger

15. Upstairs at The Gwen

Restaurants American River North

Feeling competitive? Head to this River North hotel and check out the seasonal outdoor curling rink. Retreat to the posh fire pits to warm up between matches.

Ella Elli
Photograph: Courtesy Ella Elli

16. Ella Elli

Restaurants Contemporary European Lake View

As soon as you walk into this stunning Lakeview restaurant, you're greeted by velvet furniture and a massive tile-lined fireplace—a fitting introduction to an exquisite experience.

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Photograph: Martha Williams

17. Hopleaf

Bars Beer bars Uptown

There are few better ways to spend a winter evening than drinking Belgian beers and slurping mussels at this Andersonville haunt. The fire keeps things extra toasty.

The Drawing Room at Chicago Athletic Association
Photograph: Clayton Hauck

18. The Drawing Room

Bars Cocktail bars Loop

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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Photograph: Martha Williams

19. Simon’s Tavern

Bars Dive bars Andersonville

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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Photograph: Courtesy Table, Donkey and Stick

20. Table, Donkey and Stick

Restaurants Eclectic Logan Square

This Logan Square darling feels like a rustic après-ski chalet, and the back patio's fire kettle only adds to the charm. Warm up with chartreuse-laced hot chocolate.

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Photograph: Karl Steuck

21. The Broken Shaker

Bars Cocktail bars River North

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.

Photograph: Jude Goergen

22. The Heavy Feather

Bars Cocktail bars Logan Square

Big leather chairs and throwback cocktails make this place homey already, but grab a chair next to the fireplace for some extra comfort—especially when you've gotta take a break from all the dancing you've been doing downstairs at Slippery Slope.

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Photograph: Jason Little

23. Apogee

Bars Hotel bars River North

You're here for the imaginative, large-format cocktails, but the trendy outdoor fire pits are a huge bonus for those chilly summer nights.

The Grafton Pub
Photo: Grace Wiley

24. The Grafton

Bars Pubs Lincoln Square

Head to the back room at this Irish pub for one of the city's best burgers, served next to a welcoming stone fireplace. And since the Old Town School of Folk Music is next door, you might even catch an impromptu performance while you dine.

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25. IO Lounge

Restaurants Contemporary American River North

The upscale rooftop of the Godfrey Hotel has an expansive outdoor lounge with fire pits. Curl up with a hot cocktail, toast a marshmallow over the flames and enjoy the view.

A Couple Few Figs at Fountainhead
Photograph: Martha Williams

26. Fountainhead

Bars Beer bars Lincoln Square

With more than 200 beer selections (and plenty of whiskey) to choose from, the gastropub will make you want to stay all winter—especially if you manage to score seats next to the fire.

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Photograph: Patrick Eberle

27. Sheffield’s

Bars Dive bars Lake View

Armed with four bars and two fireplaces, it's not hard to feel right at home at Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden. Toss in one of the city's best beer lists, and this might just become your winter hideaway.

Photograph: Marcin Cymmer

28. ROOF on theWit

Hotels Chain hotels Loop

The ROOF on theWit 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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Vines on Clark

29. Vines on Clark

Restaurants Contemporary American Lake View

Head to this Wrigleyville bar and restaurant and catch a Blackhawks game while you warm up at one of the tables near the fire.

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Berkshire Room
Photo: Jason Little

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