30 Chicago-area heated rooftops and patios where you can chill but still stay warm this winter
It’s the season of plastic, see-through igloos in Chicago. Winter might be miserable here, but plenty of bars and restaurants embrace, or rather, exploit the cold temperatures and welcome those too stubborn to stay indoors. See-through igloos, fire pits, hot cocktails, ice curling rinks and weather-dependent discounts will entice people to bundle up and linger outside. You can also enjoy the views from rooftops and patios that have been sealed up for the season if you prefer to hang up your coat and keep the dream of summer alive. There’s no need to hibernate when you can head to one of these 30 spots extending the season for outdoor dining.
Stella Barra Pizzeria. The Lincoln Park restaurant’s courtyard has a retractable roof to let in sunshine during the summer, but during winter you can warm up near the 6-foot fireplace. 1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4101, stellabarra.com/chicago