Fact: There is absolutely nothing better than sipping a Manhattan by the hearth. Here, the top spots to get mildly toasted while staying, well, toasty.
RL The two leather club chairs that flank the black-mantled fireplace at this see-and-be-seen spot can be tough to snag--no reservations in the lounge--so if the stars align and you find yourself there, order liberally and sip slooowly. 115 E. Chicago Ave.
Fountainhead Step one: Make a beeline for the two-top tucked in the back near the brick fireplace at this Ravenswood haunt. Step two: Order a super-smoky glass of Ballechin Scotch. 1970 W. Montrose Ave.
Sable The flickering flames of this River North spot’s digital fireplace may not warm you up, but the hot buttered Sazerac (Bulleit Rye, cinnamon syrup, bitters and hot water) on its new hot toddy menu sure will. 505 N. State St.
RM Champagne Salon A white marble fireplace anchors the room at this West Loop lounge, with French bistro tables, snowy tablecloths and antique armchairs. So chic. So romantic. Drink rosé. 116 N. Green St.
Owen & Engine Nab the leather couch in front of the fire on the second floor of Logan Square’s comfiest gastropub and you’ll feel like you’re in your own living room--but with better people-watching. 2700 N. Western Ave.