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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

Morgan Olsen
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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

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • West Loop
  • price 3 of 4

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

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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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.

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

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

  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Lincoln Square
  • price 1 of 4

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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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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