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Where to Warm Up in Chicago Inside a Restaurant or Bar With a Fireplace

Find somewhere toasty this winter

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Chicagoans relish a great restaurant or bar with a fireplace. They’ll even relish a mediocre restaurant or bar with a fireplace. Because when a place has an open fire source, the night can turn magical. Not only are fireplaces fun to watch — those dancing flames provide a distraction from the frozen tundra outside — they also quickly melt away that numbness in the fingers and toes. Wipe the fog from those frost-bitten glasses and scope out the following Chicago spots with fireplaces and fire pits. Just please remember to observe good winter etiquette by not holding doors wide open and letting all that cold air into the dining room and bar area.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Moody's Pub

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Hunker down around the fireplace with a burger and beer at this Edgewater pub. The warmth and coziness of the space beckons folks to stay a while.

Fireside Restaurant & Lounge

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A bar called the Fireside seems like an obvious inclusion on this list, but here’s the twist: there are actually two firesides at this cozy Edgewater spot, one in the indoor dining room and the other outside on the all-season patio. Sit by either one and enjoy a meal of respectable American bar food, including pizza, ribs, and burgers.

Hopleaf

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Andersonville residents all agree that the fireplace at Hopleaf is a huge asset to the space. Dive into the massive beer menu and pair a pint with Belgian-style mussels and frites or a cashew butter and fig jam sandwich.

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The Grafton

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Venture toward the back of this Irish pub and Old Town School hangout to be close to the fire. The great pub menu features a killer burger, and the entertainment features an Irish fiddle.

A fireplace surrounded by comfy couches.
Settle in with a burger and beer next to the fireplace at the Grafton.
The Grafton [Official Photo]

Ella Elli

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4 Star Restaurant Group’s sleek and swanky spot opened in Southport Corridor in 2017. Diners can sit by the fireside in the chic lounge area, try globally-inspired bites, and feel like a million bucks.

The sophisticated space features a lounge with a fireplace.
Ella Elli offers global fare and a warming lounge.
Ella Elli [Official Photo]

Park & Field

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Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean Chicagoans have to be confined indoors. This Logan Square sports bar has fire pits going all year round on its patio so that guests can brave the elements for a breath of fresh air without freezing.

An outdoor fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs.
Park & Field keeps its patio toasty with fire pits.
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This farm-to-table favorite in Lincoln Park whips up comfort dishes including pan-seared chicken, pork cheeks, and roasted cauliflower soup, and they’re best enjoyed beside a roaring fire.

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The Moonlighter

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This beer and burger bar is a Logan Square hotspot, both literally and figuratively. It’s equipped with fireplaces both inside and out, and patrons can casually enjoy a brew or two while watching sports.

The dining room features long tables and fireplaces.
Stay warm while enjoying burgers and sports at the Moonlighter.
Jude Goergen

Scofflaw

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Though Scofflaw was founded as a gin bar, its cocktail list now incorporates other spirits, which is excellent news for fans of wintry drinks like hot buttered run that taste best next to a nice warm fire — and Scofflaw has not one, but two fireplaces.

The Violet Hour

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One of the city’s finest cocktail bars is an ideal winter hideaway. Come early and snag a seat by the fireplace in the low-lit back room for an intimate evening filled with inventive libations and light bites.

A dimly lit room highlighted by a burning fireplace.
Enjoy craft cocktails in an intimate setting at the Violet Hour.
The Violet Hour [Official Photo]

Frontier

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Noble Square’s popular gastropub evokes the spirit of a mountain lodge. The cabin-themed space includes an all-seasons patio and multiple fireplaces. Guests are encouraged to snag a seat near the flames and order oysters and whole animal feasts from chef Brian Jupiter.

The Dandy Crown

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There’s a new ’60s-themed cocktail tavern in River West from the owners of A.J. Hudson’s Public House. The Dandy Crown’s chic design includes a lounge area with velvet couches and chairs, framed wall art, a painted mural, and a cozy fireplace. And guests can take it all in while sipping on classic and contemporary concoctions.

The lounge features framed artwork, blue seats, and a fireplace.
Sip on cocktails by the fireplace at new River West bar the Dandy Crown.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Dawson

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The Dawson actually houses multiple fireplaces, including one outdoors. The huge restaurant and bar at the corner of Grand and Halsted also boasts a terrific beverage program.

Upstairs at the Gwen

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Looking for an outdoor activity in the winter? Check out the Gwen hotel’s seasonal curling rink for fun times. It’s equipped with fire pits to keep guests warm, and there’s also a 14-seat cabin decked with ski lodge decor, flannel furnishings, forest greenery, and more.

A group of people playing on an ice-less curling rink on a rooftop.
Chicagoans can get their curling fix at the Gwen.
The Gwen [Official Photo]

Bar Pendry Chicago

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Tucked inside the Pendry Hotel in the Carbon and Carbide Building, Bar Pendry serves elegant cocktails and boozy teas in a midcentury modern setting, complete with wood-paneled fireplace.

Mid-century furniture (green armchair, leather sofa) beside a fireplace
Bar Pendry.
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The Darling

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This two-level vintage bar and restaurant on Randolph Street is a homey place to visit. Performers, including drag queens and vaudeville acts. If that’s not enough, there’s also a fireplace to entertain guests.

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Drawing Room

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Located on the second-floor lobby of the Chicago Athletic Association, the Drawing Room is a sprawling area where patrons can dine, work, or relax. The vintage furnishings — comfy couches, communal tables, a library, and several fireplaces — make it an ideal place to hole up for a few hours on a cold day.

Drawing Room’s old school space features vintage furnishings and fireplaces.
Kick back and relax at Drawing Room, the lobby venue inside the Chicago Athletic Associaton.
Chicago Athletic Association [Official Photo]

Santorini

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Let the Greek isles provide an escape from the Chicago cold. Greektown staple Santorini is an attractive destination for Mediterranean favorites such as flaming saganaki, grilled octopus, roasted chicken, and fresh fish. A wood-burning fireplace helps contribute to the inviting ambience.

Simone's Bar

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Over in Pilsen, Simone's unique space packs the crowds in on the weekends with DJs, a satisfying brunch menu, a fireplace, and more.

VU Rooftop Bar

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VU Rooftop Bar is a rare South Side rooftop. Outdoor fire pits and heated igloos keep the fun going during winter.

The rooftop space features fire pits and couches.
Guests can stay outside during winter thanks to VU’s fire pits and igloos.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

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Moody's Pub

Hunker down around the fireplace with a burger and beer at this Edgewater pub. The warmth and coziness of the space beckons folks to stay a while.

Fireside Restaurant & Lounge

A bar called the Fireside seems like an obvious inclusion on this list, but here’s the twist: there are actually two firesides at this cozy Edgewater spot, one in the indoor dining room and the other outside on the all-season patio. Sit by either one and enjoy a meal of respectable American bar food, including pizza, ribs, and burgers.

Hopleaf

Andersonville residents all agree that the fireplace at Hopleaf is a huge asset to the space. Dive into the massive beer menu and pair a pint with Belgian-style mussels and frites or a cashew butter and fig jam sandwich.

View this post on Instagram

toasty.

A post shared by samantha irby (@bitchesgottaeat) on

The Grafton

A fireplace surrounded by comfy couches.
Settle in with a burger and beer next to the fireplace at the Grafton.
The Grafton [Official Photo]

Venture toward the back of this Irish pub and Old Town School hangout to be close to the fire. The great pub menu features a killer burger, and the entertainment features an Irish fiddle.

A fireplace surrounded by comfy couches.
Settle in with a burger and beer next to the fireplace at the Grafton.
The Grafton [Official Photo]

Ella Elli

The sophisticated space features a lounge with a fireplace.
Ella Elli offers global fare and a warming lounge.
Ella Elli [Official Photo]

4 Star Restaurant Group’s sleek and swanky spot opened in Southport Corridor in 2017. Diners can sit by the fireside in the chic lounge area, try globally-inspired bites, and feel like a million bucks.

The sophisticated space features a lounge with a fireplace.
Ella Elli offers global fare and a warming lounge.
Ella Elli [Official Photo]

Park & Field

An outdoor fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs.
Park & Field keeps its patio toasty with fire pits.
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean Chicagoans have to be confined indoors. This Logan Square sports bar has fire pits going all year round on its patio so that guests can brave the elements for a breath of fresh air without freezing.

An outdoor fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs.
Park & Field keeps its patio toasty with fire pits.
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

Range

This farm-to-table favorite in Lincoln Park whips up comfort dishes including pan-seared chicken, pork cheeks, and roasted cauliflower soup, and they’re best enjoyed beside a roaring fire.

View this post on Instagram

We’re open & cozy! #rangechicago

A post shared by Range Chicago (@rangechicago) on

The Moonlighter

The dining room features long tables and fireplaces.
Stay warm while enjoying burgers and sports at the Moonlighter.
Jude Goergen

This beer and burger bar is a Logan Square hotspot, both literally and figuratively. It’s equipped with fireplaces both inside and out, and patrons can casually enjoy a brew or two while watching sports.

The dining room features long tables and fireplaces.
Stay warm while enjoying burgers and sports at the Moonlighter.
Jude Goergen

Scofflaw

Though Scofflaw was founded as a gin bar, its cocktail list now incorporates other spirits, which is excellent news for fans of wintry drinks like hot buttered run that taste best next to a nice warm fire — and Scofflaw has not one, but two fireplaces.

The Violet Hour

A dimly lit room highlighted by a burning fireplace.
Enjoy craft cocktails in an intimate setting at the Violet Hour.
The Violet Hour [Official Photo]

One of the city’s finest cocktail bars is an ideal winter hideaway. Come early and snag a seat by the fireplace in the low-lit back room for an intimate evening filled with inventive libations and light bites.

A dimly lit room highlighted by a burning fireplace.
Enjoy craft cocktails in an intimate setting at the Violet Hour.
The Violet Hour [Official Photo]

Frontier

Noble Square’s popular gastropub evokes the spirit of a mountain lodge. The cabin-themed space includes an all-seasons patio and multiple fireplaces. Guests are encouraged to snag a seat near the flames and order oysters and whole animal feasts from chef Brian Jupiter.

The Dandy Crown

The lounge features framed artwork, blue seats, and a fireplace.
Sip on cocktails by the fireplace at new River West bar the Dandy Crown.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

There’s a new ’60s-themed cocktail tavern in River West from the owners of A.J. Hudson’s Public House. The Dandy Crown’s chic design includes a lounge area with velvet couches and chairs, framed wall art, a painted mural, and a cozy fireplace. And guests can take it all in while sipping on classic and contemporary concoctions.

The lounge features framed artwork, blue seats, and a fireplace.
Sip on cocktails by the fireplace at new River West bar the Dandy Crown.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Dawson

The Dawson actually houses multiple fireplaces, including one outdoors. The huge restaurant and bar at the corner of Grand and Halsted also boasts a terrific beverage program.

Upstairs at the Gwen

A group of people playing on an ice-less curling rink on a rooftop.
Chicagoans can get their curling fix at the Gwen.
The Gwen [Official Photo]

Looking for an outdoor activity in the winter? Check out the Gwen hotel’s seasonal curling rink for fun times. It’s equipped with fire pits to keep guests warm, and there’s also a 14-seat cabin decked with ski lodge decor, flannel furnishings, forest greenery, and more.

A group of people playing on an ice-less curling rink on a rooftop.
Chicagoans can get their curling fix at the Gwen.
The Gwen [Official Photo]

Bar Pendry Chicago

Mid-century furniture (green armchair, leather sofa) beside a fireplace
Bar Pendry.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Tucked inside the Pendry Hotel in the Carbon and Carbide Building, Bar Pendry serves elegant cocktails and boozy teas in a midcentury modern setting, complete with wood-paneled fireplace.

Mid-century furniture (green armchair, leather sofa) beside a fireplace
Bar Pendry.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

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The Darling

The Darling
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This two-level vintage bar and restaurant on Randolph Street is a homey place to visit. Performers, including drag queens and vaudeville acts. If that’s not enough, there’s also a fireplace to entertain guests.

The Darling
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Drawing Room

Drawing Room’s old school space features vintage furnishings and fireplaces.
Kick back and relax at Drawing Room, the lobby venue inside the Chicago Athletic Associaton.
Chicago Athletic Association [Official Photo]

Located on the second-floor lobby of the Chicago Athletic Association, the Drawing Room is a sprawling area where patrons can dine, work, or relax. The vintage furnishings — comfy couches, communal tables, a library, and several fireplaces — make it an ideal place to hole up for a few hours on a cold day.

Drawing Room’s old school space features vintage furnishings and fireplaces.
Kick back and relax at Drawing Room, the lobby venue inside the Chicago Athletic Associaton.
Chicago Athletic Association [Official Photo]

Santorini

Let the Greek isles provide an escape from the Chicago cold. Greektown staple Santorini is an attractive destination for Mediterranean favorites such as flaming saganaki, grilled octopus, roasted chicken, and fresh fish. A wood-burning fireplace helps contribute to the inviting ambience.

Simone's Bar

Over in Pilsen, Simone's unique space packs the crowds in on the weekends with DJs, a satisfying brunch menu, a fireplace, and more.

VU Rooftop Bar

The rooftop space features fire pits and couches.
Guests can stay outside during winter thanks to VU’s fire pits and igloos.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

VU Rooftop Bar is a rare South Side rooftop. Outdoor fire pits and heated igloos keep the fun going during winter.

The rooftop space features fire pits and couches.
Guests can stay outside during winter thanks to VU’s fire pits and igloos.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

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