When there’s cold, there better be a fireplace nearby. Snuggle up with a drink and some comfort food in these cozy fireside hangs.
Chicago in the winter has no sympathy for the Mag Mile shopper. It machetes right through a down coat faster than you can say lake effect snow. Our advice: Sneak into this wine bar, and fast. Warm up from the inside out by the fireplace, and pair the wines with these year-round treats: cheese and chocolate. 505 N. Michigan Ave., 312.321.8738
Snag one of the tables next to the cozy fireplace in the front room of North Pond and watch the snow fall through the French doors at this Lincoln Park gem. Fresh wreaths and garlands sprinkle holiday cheer while diners feast on wild Scottish game birds. 2610 N. Cannon Dr., 773.477.5845
A young, professional clientele and top-shelf DJs aren’t the only factors bringing the heat to this 27th-floor hotel lounge. Get toasty by the fireplace in the Living Room, nibble on sushi and flatbreads and soak up the Loop lights. The whole joint benefits from floor-to-ceiling views. 201 N. State St., 312.239.9502
Sable Kitchen & Bar
Does a fireplace count if it’s not real? You call it cosmetic; we call it electric. Besides, the cocktail program at Sable Kitchen & Bar is worth the visit, and complements bar bites like brick-oven flatbreads and warm evening buns. 505 N. State St., 312.755.9704
As pretty as it is, the walk down Michigan Avenue, heck, even from the Art Institute, can be downright chilly. Stave off the cold in this classy post-work retreat, where the fireplace sets the yuletide mood. Squeeze into a fireside booth to heat up from the outside, then sip slowly on poutine to heat up from the inside. 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312.372.4243
Sometimes we find ourselves making a beeline to the back of a bar or restaurant, hoping to score the coveted fireside seat, only to discover the ones who there first. Good news, this West Town tap has two fireplaces. Head upstairs to sink into leather-upholstered chairs near the first one, which shares the same room as 11 flat-screen TVs. The other, a handsome fieldstone gas-and-wood-burning fireplace, is a showpiece in the enclosed beer garden. Belly up to the communal table to make new friends and admire the view. 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.772.4322