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Head upstairs to warm up near the fireplace at The Parlour at the Albion Manor.
Barry Brecheisen

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

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Head upstairs to warm up near the fireplace at The Parlour at the Albion Manor.
| Barry Brecheisen

Fireplaces aren’t just for show at Chicago’s restaurants and bars as they get ample use as early as September and as late as May. That’s not pessimism, it’s just reality. And though our friends in warmer states may brag about constant sunny skies, there’s something romantic about cozying up to a real fire with a delicious beverage or person. Meow! Here are a few of Eater Chicago’s favorite restaurants and bars with fireplaces.

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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. Moody’s is known for pitchers of beers and its beer garden, but the interior isn’t bad, either.

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.

The Green Post

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The Green Post, Lincoln Square’s UK-inspired drinking den from the owners of the Northman and Bar on Buena, offers a handful of seats beside a charming antique fireplace. It’s an ideal perch for snuggling up with a hot cocktail and a chicken and paneer pie.

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]

Wilde Bar & Restaurant

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In Lakeview, Wilde, named for the writer, is one of the best winter bars in town with cozy fireplaces and leather banquettes. The Irish pub is great spot for a whisky or a pint.

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 two fire pits going all year round on its patio so that guests can brave the elements for a breath of fresh air without freezing. They’re surrounded by Adirondack chairs draped with blankets for some extra warmth. When the weather’s really nasty, lounge on one of the leather couches near the antique limestone fireplace inside.

Park & Field has fire pits on the patio and a fireplace inside.
Park & Field

The Albion Manor & The Parlour

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Get cozy in The Parlour, The Albion Manor’s upstairs lounge and private party space, where there are plenty of couches including one positioned in front of the fireplace. The rugs, tasseled lamps and floral wallpaper give a distinctly retro vibe to the space, which makes an ideal spot for an after dinner drink like an espresso martini or boulevardier.

Enjoy a nightcap by the fireplace at The Parlour.
Barry Brecheisen

Armitage Alehouse

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The food at Armitage Ale House is a bit of a mixed bag, loosely themed around a London pub. But the space and atmosphere are absolutely top-notch, which Chicago almost takes for granted from Brendan Sodikoff and his team at Hogsalt. With a Victorian vibe, the area around the fireplace at Armitage Ale House in Lincoln Park will be coveted by diners.

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 rum that taste best next to a nice warm fire — and Scofflaw has not one, but two fireplaces. There’s also a lovely menu with food like katsu butter chicken that shows influences from across Asia.

Enjoy a cocktail by one of Scofflaw’s fireplaces.
Scofflaw

The Violet Hour

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Chicago’s most influential cocktail bar — folks won’t put up too much of an argument — features a fireplace at the rear of the space. Enjoy fancy drinks in the dim space from the owners of Avec, Big Star, and Publican.

The Violet Hour’s fireplace is hidden in back.
Michael Robinson

Barcocina West Town

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Modern Mexican restaurant Barcocina has expanded into West Town with a dining room and sprawling 230-seat indoor-outdoor patio that ownership has tailored for year-round use. It features two double-sided fireplaces and can be completely enclosed to keep the winter winds at bay.

Stay warm on the patio at Barcocina West Town.
Ryan Beshel

Chicago Winery

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Liva, chef Andrew Graves’ (AlineaNext, Terra & Vine) group-friendly restaurant inside downtown Chicago’s only winery, aims to foster a festive atmosphere with a double-sided fireplace that could amp up date night ambiance.

The Dandy Crown

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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. The River West cocktail tavern from the owners of A.J. Hudson’s Public House also has three fire pits that enable year-round patio drinking. 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.
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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, offering bottomless mimosas during weekend brunch.

The Dawson houses multiple fireplaces.
The Dawson

Monarch & Lion

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Monarch & Lion is the third restaurant from the team behind Rooh Chicago and Bar Goa, a British-style pub with a modern edge in Streeterville. Find fish and chips, plus chicken tikka masala inside a two-level space ideal for sports watching. The electric fireplace provides heat and ambience.

An electric fireplace adds to the ambiance at Monarch & Lion.
Kim Yeoh

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 while you sip cocktails between turns.

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]

Fine dining chef Curtis Duffy and business partner Michael Muser, the formidable duo behind two-Michelin-starred destination Ever, bestowed Chicago with the cocktail lounge After. It looks like a starship, features high-end (see: spendy) spirits, and houses a two-sided fireplace to lend a touch of coziness.

Bar Pendry

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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 relocation of Bridgette Flagg’s modern soul food restaurant is a hit, amplifying what the original West Town location did and giving North Lawndale a full-service restaurant and bar, something the neighborhood hasn’t seen in half a century. The restaurant is popular with celebrities including musicians and professional basketball players.

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 heatlamps 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

Truth Be Told

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Visitors to the University of Chicago can escape the cold by getting a table near Truth Be Told’s fireplace and having a hearty meal of British pub-inspired fare including shepherd’s pie, mussels tikka masala, and bangers and mash. On the weekends, pop in for a bottomless mimosa brunch or Sunday roast prime rib with traditional sides.

University of Chicago restaurant Truth Be Told’s dining room features a fireplace.
Truth Be Told

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. Moody’s is known for pitchers of beers and its beer garden, but the interior isn’t bad, either.

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.

The Green Post

The Green Post, Lincoln Square’s UK-inspired drinking den from the owners of the Northman and Bar on Buena, offers a handful of seats beside a charming antique fireplace. It’s an ideal perch for snuggling up with a hot cocktail and a chicken and paneer pie.

Ella Elli

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]

Wilde Bar & Restaurant

In Lakeview, Wilde, named for the writer, is one of the best winter bars in town with cozy fireplaces and leather banquettes. The Irish pub is great spot for a whisky or a pint.

Park & Field

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean Chicagoans have to be confined indoors. This Logan Square sports bar has two fire pits going all year round on its patio so that guests can brave the elements for a breath of fresh air without freezing. They’re surrounded by Adirondack chairs draped with blankets for some extra warmth. When the weather’s really nasty, lounge on one of the leather couches near the antique limestone fireplace inside.

Park & Field has fire pits on the patio and a fireplace inside.
Park & Field

The Albion Manor & The Parlour

Get cozy in The Parlour, The Albion Manor’s upstairs lounge and private party space, where there are plenty of couches including one positioned in front of the fireplace. The rugs, tasseled lamps and floral wallpaper give a distinctly retro vibe to the space, which makes an ideal spot for an after dinner drink like an espresso martini or boulevardier.

Enjoy a nightcap by the fireplace at The Parlour.
Barry Brecheisen

Armitage Alehouse

The food at Armitage Ale House is a bit of a mixed bag, loosely themed around a London pub. But the space and atmosphere are absolutely top-notch, which Chicago almost takes for granted from Brendan Sodikoff and his team at Hogsalt. With a Victorian vibe, the area around the fireplace at Armitage Ale House in Lincoln Park will be coveted by diners.

The Moonlighter

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 rum that taste best next to a nice warm fire — and Scofflaw has not one, but two fireplaces. There’s also a lovely menu with food like katsu butter chicken that shows influences from across Asia.

Enjoy a cocktail by one of Scofflaw’s fireplaces.
Scofflaw

The Violet Hour

Chicago’s most influential cocktail bar — folks won’t put up too much of an argument — features a fireplace at the rear of the space. Enjoy fancy drinks in the dim space from the owners of Avec, Big Star, and Publican.

The Violet Hour’s fireplace is hidden in back.
Michael Robinson

Barcocina West Town

Modern Mexican restaurant Barcocina has expanded into West Town with a dining room and sprawling 230-seat indoor-outdoor patio that ownership has tailored for year-round use. It features two double-sided fireplaces and can be completely enclosed to keep the winter winds at bay.

Stay warm on the patio at Barcocina West Town.
Ryan Beshel

Chicago Winery

Liva, chef Andrew Graves’ (AlineaNext, Terra & Vine) group-friendly restaurant inside downtown Chicago’s only winery, aims to foster a festive atmosphere with a double-sided fireplace that could amp up date night ambiance.

The Dandy Crown

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. The River West cocktail tavern from the owners of A.J. Hudson’s Public House also has three fire pits that enable year-round patio drinking. 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, offering bottomless mimosas during weekend brunch.

The Dawson houses multiple fireplaces.
The Dawson

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Monarch & Lion

Monarch & Lion is the third restaurant from the team behind Rooh Chicago and Bar Goa, a British-style pub with a modern edge in Streeterville. Find fish and chips, plus chicken tikka masala inside a two-level space ideal for sports watching. The electric fireplace provides heat and ambience.

An electric fireplace adds to the ambiance at Monarch & Lion.
Kim Yeoh

Upstairs at the Gwen

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 while you sip cocktails between turns.

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]

After

Fine dining chef Curtis Duffy and business partner Michael Muser, the formidable duo behind two-Michelin-starred destination Ever, bestowed Chicago with the cocktail lounge After. It looks like a starship, features high-end (see: spendy) spirits, and houses a two-sided fireplace to lend a touch of coziness.

Bar Pendry

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

Soulé

The relocation of Bridgette Flagg’s modern soul food restaurant is a hit, amplifying what the original West Town location did and giving North Lawndale a full-service restaurant and bar, something the neighborhood hasn’t seen in half a century. The restaurant is popular with celebrities including musicians and professional basketball players.

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

VU Rooftop Bar is a rare South Side rooftop. Outdoor fire pits and heatlamps 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

Truth Be Told

Visitors to the University of Chicago can escape the cold by getting a table near Truth Be Told’s fireplace and having a hearty meal of British pub-inspired fare including shepherd’s pie, mussels tikka masala, and bangers and mash. On the weekends, pop in for a bottomless mimosa brunch or Sunday roast prime rib with traditional sides.

University of Chicago restaurant Truth Be Told’s dining room features a fireplace.
Truth Be Told

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