Hot cocktails alone won’t abate the wind chill—snuggle up next to one of these fireplaces

Chicago’s long and brutal winters have one serious upside: Our favorite bars and restaurants turn into cozy hideouts, complete with Hot Toddies and hearty comfort food. But the best of the bunch also have roaring fireplaces that make us feel right at home. From four-season rooftop bars to Michelin-starred restaurants to famed Chicago dives, these bars and restaurants have the best fireplaces around town. Grab a table, order a drink and curl up next to the 44 best fireplaces and fire pits in Chicago.


West Loop

Come for the grilled kebabs and hummus, stay for the beckoning outdoor fire pits. When the weather outside is too frightful, a lush indoor dining room makes an excellent backup option.

Library Bar at Ambassador Chicago

Gold Coast

The daytime café transforms into a lounge by night. Grab an armchair upholstered in long-haired Mongolian lamb’s wool (seriously) and cuddle up by the huge limestone fireplace.