44 Chicago bars and restaurants with fireplaces

Hot cocktails alone won't abate the wind chill—snuggle up next to one of these fireplaces
Library Bar at Ambassador Chicago
Kelly D Puleio Library Bar at Ambassador Chicago
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Chicago's long and brutal winters have one serious upside: Our favorite bars and restaurants turn into cozy hideouts, complete with Hot Toddies and hearty comfort food. But the best of the bunch also have roaring fireplaces that make us feel right at home. From four-season rooftop bars to Michelin-starred restaurants to famed Chicago dives, these bars and restaurants have the best fireplaces around town. Grab a table, order a drink and curl up next to the 44 best fireplaces and fire pits in Chicago.

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Bars and restaurants with fireplaces

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The Dawson has a huge outdoor patio.
Nicole Ess
Restaurants, American

The Dawson

icon-location-pin 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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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Elske

icon-location-pin 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 roaring flames.

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The Moonlighter
Photograph: Jude Goergen
Restaurants

The Moonlighter

icon-location-pin Logan Square

This Logan Square newcomer 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.

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Photograph: Anthony Tahlier
Bars, Cocktail bars

Drumbar

icon-location-pin Streeterville

There are three reasons why Drumbar 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 a long list of great cocktails.

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Chicago Athletic Association
Thomas Hart Shelby
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Cindy's

icon-location-pin Loop

With firepits and flannel blankets to keep you warm, 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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Bars, Sports Bars

Park & Field

icon-location-pin 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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Berga & Gonzalez
Restaurants

Tied House

icon-location-pin 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: Jude Goergen
Bars, Lounges

Scofflaw

icon-location-pin Logan Square

The flickering fire at Scofflaw is a lovely backdrop to the cocktail list (we're currently crazy about the Holy Collapse).

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Aba
Photograph: Jeff Marini
Restaurants, Seafood

Aba

icon-location-pin West Loop

Come for the grilled kebabs and hummus, 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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Joni Kat Anderson
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Violet Hour

icon-location-pin 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 winter bars in the city.

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Ella Elli
Photograph: Courtesy Ella Elli
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Ella Elli

icon-location-pin Lakeview

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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Ambassador Hotel
Photograph: Kelly D Puleio
Bars, Hotel bars

Library Bar at Ambassador Chicago

icon-location-pin Gold Coast

The daytime café transforms into a lounge by night. Grab an armchair upholstered in long-haired Mongolian lamb's wool (seriously) and cuddle up by the huge limestone fireplace.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

The Drawing Room

icon-location-pin Loop

In the Drawing Room on the second floor of Chicago Athletic Association, three fireplaces add a warm feel to the library-like lobby.

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Fall fireplace
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Allium

icon-location-pin Streeterville

We're already heading to Allium for cocktails, and they're even better consumed next to the fire.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

The Broken Shaker

icon-location-pin 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 wintry cocktails.

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Photograph: Jude Goergen
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Heavy Feather

icon-location-pin 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: Neil Burger
Bars, Hotel bars

Z Bar

icon-location-pin Streeterville

The Peninsula's stunning rooftop lounge has it all: sweeping city views, globally inspired cocktails, a roster of delicious, shareable snacks and two fireplace. 

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Photo courtesy Frontier
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Frontier

icon-location-pin River West/West Town

Frontier boasts several fireplaces, 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.

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Bars, Hotel bars

Apogee

icon-location-pin River North

You're here for Benjamin Schiller's wildly inventive cocktails, but the trendy outdoor fire pits are a huge bonus. 

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Photograph: Chandler West
Bars, Lounges

Fireside

icon-location-pin Edgewater

Ravenswood locals flock to this bar for its namesake’s warmth and coziness—and heavy pours of Scotch.

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Photograph: Jordan Balderas
Bars, Breweries

Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

icon-location-pin Lower West Side

The fireplace at this well-appointed Pilsen brewery is surrounded by an impressive collection of brewer's books. Extend your stay by ordering a slice of the 12-layer chocolate cake. 

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Bars, Pubs

The Grafton

icon-location-pin Lincoln Square

Grab a seat by the stone fireplace, then order a round of craft beers and Irish dishes.

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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Hubbard Inn

icon-location-pin River North

The Hemingway-inspired fireplace lounge has leather club chairs, velvet church pews and a chandelier.

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Bars, Beer bars

Hopleaf

icon-location-pin Uptown

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

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 I|O Urban Roofscape's outdoor lounge at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Courtesy of I|O Urban Roofscape
Restaurants, Contemporary American

IO Urban Roofscape

icon-location-pin River North

The rooftop of the Godfrey Hotel has an expansive outdoor lounge with fire pits. Curl up with one of their hot cocktails and enjoy the view.

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Photograph: Jason Little
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Homestead

icon-location-pin East Village

The patio seats 80, and is equipped with a fireplace and heaters, so you can dine out even on the chilliest of nights. The menu draws ingredients from the organic rooftop garden.

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A Couple Few Figs at Fountainhead
Photograph: Martha Williams
Bars, Beer bars

Fountainhead

icon-location-pin 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 by the fire.

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Upstairs at the Gwen
Restaurants, American

Upstairs at The Gwen

icon-location-pin River North

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

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Courtesy Northside Bar and Grill
Bars, Pubs

Northside Bar and Grill

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Northside Bar and Grill has not one, not two, but three fireplaces—in their atrium, back room and heated smoking lounge. Stop by, grab a drink and play a game of pool while you warm up by the fireplaces.

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Restaurants, American

Range

icon-location-pin Lincoln Park

Order a local beer or cocktail and sip it by the fire at this low key Lincoln Park spot.

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Photo courtesy Table, Donkey and Stick
Restaurants, Eclectic

Table, Donkey and Stick

icon-location-pin Logan Square

Table, Donkey and Stick feels like a rustic après-ski chalet, and the back patio's fire kettle only adds to the appeal. Warm up with chartreuse-laced hot chocolate.

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Photograph: Patrick Eberle
Bars, Dive bars

Sheffield’s

icon-location-pin Lake View

Sheffield's has two fireplaces, including a super cozy one in the beer garden. With one of the best beer lists in town, it's hard to not get comfy with a beer and barbecue.

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Courtesy Stella Barra Pizzeria
Restaurants, Pizza

Stella Barra Pizzeria

icon-location-pin Lincoln Park

Hang out on Stella Barra's all-season patio, equipped with a wall-mounted fireplace to keep pizza lovers warm all winter long.

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Things to do

Talbott Hotel lobby

icon-location-pin Rush & Division

Nestle up by one of the fireplaces and enjoy the Christmas decor in the lobby of the Talbott Hotel, where you can get cocktails from 20 East.

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Matthew Reeves
Hotels, Chain hotels

ROOF on theWit

icon-location-pin 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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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Uncommon Ground

icon-location-pin Wrigleyville

Uncommon Ground has two fireplaces at its Clark Street location and one at the Edgewater outpost (1401 W Devon Ave), so pick your favorite location for unwinding over dinner.

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Courtesy Vines on Clark
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Vines on Clark

icon-location-pin 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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Wilde Fireplace
Photo courtesy Wilde
Bars, Pubs

Wilde Bar and Restaurant

icon-location-pin Lake View

Get comfortable with a book next to the fireplace in the library at Wilde Bar and Restaurant. If the fire doesn't warm you up, try a flight from the extensive whiskey list.

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Berkshire Room
Photo: Jason Little
Bars

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