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We can’t all be so lucky as to have a working fireplace at home (or to even know how to operate it). If your place is sadly devoid of a cozy hearth, the next best thing is to find the nearest bar or restaurant with one. Get out of the house, warm up and let someone else take care of putting another log on at one of these seven neighborhood spots.


Chicago Athletic Hotel

Loop: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

You wouldn’t be the first to step into the second-floor drawing room of Chicago Athletic Association hotel and ask, “Am I in Hogwarts?” The old-world ambiance (including a grand stone hearth) makes this the perfect place for a post-work winter cocktail or weekend coffee-and-book sesh.

12 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd fl; 312-792-3515 or


Gold Coast: Allium

Date plans? You can’t go wrong with a fireside cocktail at Allium, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel. If things get awkward, pretend to gaze thoughtfully into the fire—if things get really awkward, you’re only a few blocks from home.

120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-799-4900 or


Logan Square: Scofflaw

Though a fireside gin cocktail sounds like the perfect antidote to winter, Scofflaw isn’t just for drinks. Its brunch is one of the city’s best-kept secrets (until now). Try the biscuits, eggs and gravy, then succumb to the most epic winter nap.

3201 W. Armitage Ave.; 773- 252-9700 or

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Ravenswood: Fountainhead

In the summer, North Siders flock to Fountainhead’s rooftop bar and stone fire pit. They don’t have to travel far come winter: The gastropub’s interior is outfitted with a homey fireplace and offers the same menu of craft brews and farm-to-table fare.

1970 W. Montrose Ave.; 773-697-8204 or

RM Champagne Salon

West Loop: RM Champagne Salon

Choosing a place for dinner in Restaurant Row ain’t easy. Let heat be your guide. A table near RM’s fire and a plate of steak frites warm you right up, although, be honest: You’ll probably still Uber home.

116 N. Green St.; 312-243-1199 or

Uncommon Ground
Uncommon Ground

Lakeview: Uncommon Ground

Brunch by the fire. Drinks by the fire. Dinner by the fire. At Uncommon Ground, you can bask in the warmth all damn day. The menu’s seasonal focus means you’ll feast on hearty, winter-appropriate dishes like pumpkin ravioli and butternut squash risotto.

3800 N. Clark St.; 773-929-3680 or

The Violet Hour
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Wicker Park: The Violet Hour

With its quiet, intimate atmosphere, The Violet Hour is the perfect place for a tête-à-tête with your BFF. Grab two armchairs by the fire, order up a round of cocktails and a plate of bacon-wrapped dates and catch up on the week—winter’s not all bad.

1520 N. Damen Ave.; 773-252-1500 or

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