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The intimate lounge boasts shelves lined with liquor and books, leather and velvet seats, rugs, and a fireplace.
Walton Street Kitchen + Bar’s lounge is a cozy winter retreat.
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20 Great Chicago Restaurants and Bars With Fireplaces

Baby, it's cold outside so warm up inside these great venues

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Walton Street Kitchen + Bar’s lounge is a cozy winter retreat.
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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, as those dancing flames provide an escape from the frozen tundra, 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. New additions to the list include Greektown favorite Santorini, the Chicago Athletic Association’s Drawing Room, and new River West bar the Dandy Crown. 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.

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1. Moody's Pub

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5910 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 329-5694
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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.

2. Hopleaf

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5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9851
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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 it with Belgium-style mussels or a cashew butter and fig jam sandwich.

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3. The Grafton

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4530 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 271-9000
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Venture toward the back of this Irish pub to be close to the fire. The great pub menu features a killer burger.

A fireplace surrounded by comfy couches.
Settle in with a burger and beer next to the fireplace at the Grafton.
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4. Fountainhead

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1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 697-8204
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Beloved Lincoln Square pub Fountainhead keeps guests warm with an impressive selection of whiskies, craft beers, and a roaring fireplace. On frigid days, nothing beats the house burger with a glass of Pappy.

5. Ella Elli

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1349 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-3552
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4 Star Restaurant Group’s sleek and swanky spot joined 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.
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6. Owen & Engine

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2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-2930
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Good day, gov’nor. The second floor of Bo Fowler's English gastropub has a charming British feel and guests won't mind colonizing it during every winter visit.

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7. Park & Field

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3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(765) 426-6657
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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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8. Range

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1119 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-5747
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This farm-to-table favorite in Lincoln Park whips up dishes including pan-seared chicken, pork cheeks, and roasted cauliflower soup, and they’re best enjoyed around an open fire.

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9. The Moonlighter

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3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-8896
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The Scofflaw Group’s beer and burger bar is a Logan Square hotspot, both literally and figuratively. It’s equipped with fireplaces inside and outside, 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.
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10. The Violet Hour

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1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
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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.
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11. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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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 around one of the flames and order oysters and whole animal feasts from chef Brian Jupiter.

The second floor lounge is equipped with a long couch by the fireplace.
Feast on whole animals and oysters around the fireplace at Frontier.
Frontier [Official Photo]

12. Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

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912 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 570-3525
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Ballyhoo Hospitality, the group behind Gemini and Coda di Volpe, brought an American bistro to the Gold Coast in 2018. On the first floor, an 18-seat lounge resembles a European mansion library with leather-bound books lining the walls, vintage rugs, top-shelf Scotches and whiskies, and a fireplace.

The lounge features shelves lined with books, a fireplace, and couches.
The lounge at Walton Street Kitchen + Bar is a relaxing oasis.
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13. The Dandy Crown

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694 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 846-6420
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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.
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14. The Dawson

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732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
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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.

15. Upstairs at the Gwen

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521 N Rush St 5th Flr
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 645-1500
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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.
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16. The Darling

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905 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 285-2609
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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-style acts, and a fireplace entertain guests at the Darling.

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17. Drawing Room

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(844) 312-2221
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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.
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18. Santorini

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800 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 829-8820
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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 of the space.

19. Simone's Bar

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960 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-8601
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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.

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20. VU Rooftop Bar

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133 E Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 528-0191
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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.
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1. Moody's Pub

5910 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

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.

5910 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Hopleaf

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

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

5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

3. The Grafton

4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
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 to be close to the fire. The great pub menu features a killer burger.

4530 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

4. Fountainhead

1970 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Beloved Lincoln Square pub Fountainhead keeps guests warm with an impressive selection of whiskies, craft beers, and a roaring fireplace. On frigid days, nothing beats the house burger with a glass of Pappy.

1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

5. Ella Elli

1349 W Cornelia Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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 joined 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.

1349 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Owen & Engine

2700 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Good day, gov’nor. The second floor of Bo Fowler's English gastropub has a charming British feel and guests won't mind colonizing it during every winter visit.

2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Park & Field

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
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.

3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Range

1119 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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

1119 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

9. The Moonlighter

3204 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The dining room features long tables and fireplaces.
Stay warm while enjoying burgers and sports at the Moonlighter.
Jude Goergen

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

3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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.

1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
The second floor lounge is equipped with a long couch by the fireplace.
Feast on whole animals and oysters around the fireplace at Frontier.
Frontier [Official Photo]

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 around one of the flames and order oysters and whole animal feasts from chef Brian Jupiter.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

12. Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

912 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
The lounge features shelves lined with books, a fireplace, and couches.
The lounge at Walton Street Kitchen + Bar is a relaxing oasis.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Ballyhoo Hospitality, the group behind Gemini and Coda di Volpe, brought an American bistro to the Gold Coast in 2018. On the first floor, an 18-seat lounge resembles a European mansion library with leather-bound books lining the walls, vintage rugs, top-shelf Scotches and whiskies, and a fireplace.

912 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

13. The Dandy Crown

694 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
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.

694 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

14. The Dawson

732 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654

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.

732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

15. Upstairs at the Gwen

521 N Rush St 5th Flr, Chicago, IL 60611
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.

521 N Rush St 5th Flr
Chicago, IL 60611

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16. The Darling

905 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
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-style acts, and a fireplace entertain guests at the Darling.

905 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

17. Drawing Room

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
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.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

18. Santorini

800 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60607

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 of the space.

800 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60607

19. Simone's Bar

960 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

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

960 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

20. VU Rooftop Bar

133 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
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.

133 E Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

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