Fireside Splendor: 6 Cozy Culinary Retreats

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Find solace by the crackling fireplace, where you can leave the cold outside and indulge in heartwarming meals and delightful drinks.

Athena Greektown

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Mediterranean at Athena Greektown, where vibrant atmosphere, fresh cuisine and warm hospitality converge. The complete indoor and outdoor seating transports diners to the Greek Isles, creating an ideal setting for intimate gatherings or larger celebrations by the fireplace. 

Bar Pendry

Nestled within the Loop’s iconic Carbide & Carbon Building, Bar Pendry offers a sultry ground-floor space adorned with a crackling double-sided fireplace. Plush leather seating, vintage rugs and curated art enhance the relaxing yet sophisticated ambiance. Indulge in upscale classic and craft cocktails, fine wines and local beers, complemented by a menu of elevated bar bites. On Sunday afternoons, treat yourself to an elegant tea service accompanied by live jazz.

The Dandy Crown

Founded by partners Julia Shell and Jamie Hale, The Dandy Crown stands out as a cocktail-focused haven in River West. This approachable neighborhood spot exudes laid-back-luxe vibes with a nod to nontraditional dandy royalty. The two-story vintage brick building features a fireplace lounge on the first floor and a year-round courtyard patio, complete with fire pits.

LG’s Bar & Kitchen

Located in Old Town, LG’s Bar & Kitchen is a beloved hotspot known for its rustic charm and cozy fireplace. Sip on craft cocktails like the Maple Bacon Old Fashioned and indulge in specialty bites like Reuben Egg Rolls while surrounded by a warm and inviting environment.

Offshore Rooftop

Recognized as the world’s largest rooftop, Offshore Rooftop on Navy Pier offers a year-round destination with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Cozy fire pits dotting the expansive 36,000-square-foot space create an unparalleled winter wonderland. Until February 29, experience the magic with snowflakes, twinkle lights and winter-inspired cocktails.

Drawing Room

Found in the second-floor lobby of the historic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in the Loop, the Drawing Room exudes early-20th century class. Its three fireplaces surround a space highlighted by dark woods and leather chairs and couches, which make it ideal for anything from a casual drink after exploring downtown to a full meal. 

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