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.Read More
Where to Warm Up in Chicago Inside a Restaurant or Bar With a Fireplace
Find somewhere toasty this winter
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.
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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 new Scottish 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 spinach pie.
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.
Wilde Bar & Restaurant
In Lakeview, Wilde, named for the writer, is one of the best winter bars in town with a beautiful bar with plenty of bookcases and a fireplace. It’s great spot for a whisky or a pint.
Owen & Engine
After remaining closed for much of the pandemic, Logan Square’s Owen & Engine reopened in 2022 more dialed in than in past years. O&E is a British pub from chef Bo Fowler who is known for sourcing farm-to-table produce and meat from some of the area’s best butchers. The two-story restaurant includes a lounge set up on the second floor with a fireplace. The beer selection is worth a visit alone.
Park & Field
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.
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 from granted framing from Brendan Sodikoff and his team at Hogsalt hospitality. With a Victorian vibe, the area around the fireplace at Armitage Ale House in Lincoln Park will be coveted by diners.
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.
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.
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.
Liva, chef Andrew Graves’ ( Alinea, Next, Terra & Vine) newish 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
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 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
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.
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Fine dining chef Curtis Duffy and business partner Michael Muser, the formidable duo behind two-Michelin-starred destination Ever, bestowed Chicago with an October surprise in the form of After, a cocktail lounge that’s among the city’s most noteworthy bar openings since the pandemic began. 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 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.
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.
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 heated igloos keep the fun going during winter.