5 unique spots for fireside dining and drinking in Chicago

Hands toasting wine glasses in front of lit fireplace
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Love is in the air, and so is the bitter cold and snow of winter, so now is the perfect time to cozy up next to the fire at some of your favorite local spots!

Who said you have to stay inside all winter? Local restaurants and bars across Chicago are transforming their outdoor patios and beer gardens, as well as their rooms inside, into cozy atmospheres with fireplaces and fire pits, giving patrons a chance to warm up and enjoy special menu items and take advantage of happy hour all season long!

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Here's a look at 5 unique, local spots to warm up and enjoy fireside dining in Chicago all winter.

Year-round fireside cocktails at Central Park Bar
Year-round fireside cocktails at Central Park Bar Photo credit Courtesy of Central Park Bar

Central Park Bar
2924 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
www.centralparkbarchicago.com | 773-698-6063

Guests can sit fireside all winter long (weather permitting) at the new Central Park Bar in Avondale. The new neighborhood spot, which opened late October 2021, offers a signature cocktail menu, draft cocktails, local and international beers, and half-price happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Outside, the 3,500 square-foot “backyard bar” is a casual, down-to-earth gathering spot with a large stone fire pit that is surrounded by Adirondack chairs. MORE INFO.

Beer garden fire pit at Cody's Public House
Beer garden fire pit at Cody's Public House Photo credit Courtesy of Cody's Public House

Cody's Public House
1658 W. Barry Ave., Chicago
www.codyschicago.com | 773-799-8217

Come check out the Beer Garden Fire Pit at Cody’s Public House! Guests can cozy up to the new year-round fire pit (weather permitting) in the expansive outdoor beer garden at the recently remodeled and reopened Cody’s Public House in Lakeview. The space can accommodate around 100 people. Cody’s features a cocktail menu with classic drinks as a nod to the building’s history. Beer selections include a choice of 16 beers on tap featuring local favorites and beers that rotate seasonally. MORE INFO.

Cozy fireside cocktails at Easy Bar
Cozy fireside cocktails at Easy Bar Photo credit Courtesy of Easy Bar

Easy Bar
1944 W. Division St., Chicago
www.easybarchicago.com | 773-227-4644

Guests can cozy up this winter with the fireplace in the backroom at Easy Bar, located in Wicker Park. While hanging out, guests can enjoy Easy Bar’s half-price happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seasonal cocktails include a house Old Fashioned with Old Forester Bourbon, Angostura bitters, orange bitters and simple syrup; a Negroni with Spring 44 Gin, Campari, and Carpano Antica; an Apple Cider Margarita with cinnamon-infused Spice Note Tequila, Journeyman Apple Cider liqueur, agave, Cointreau and lemon, and more. MORE INFO.

Late-night fireside hangs at Remedy
Late-night fireside hangs at Remedy Photo credit Courtesy of Remedy

Remedy
1910 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
www.remedybarchicago.com | 773-698-7715

Located at the border of Bucktown and Logan Square, Remedy is an unpretentious late night neighborhood bar just steps from the Western blue line stop. Perfect for grabbing drinks with friends, Remedy Bar features a cozy fireplace adjacent to the bar with seating at high top tables.

With an eclectic craft cocktail list and a local brewery-driven beer list, Remedy offers half-price happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. House cocktails include the Passionably Late with Chinola passion fruit, Aviation Gin, lime juice and soda water; Winthrop with Tito’s Vodka, Limoncello, creme de violette, lemon juice, butterfly pea tea and vanilla; and Owlington with Hamilton Pot Still Rum, Banana liquor, coconut cream, pineapple, lime, and more. MORE INFO.

Rewired's Yulelog Fire Mocha with smoked peppermint chocolate sauce, espresso and milk and topped with crushed peppermint and toasted marshmallow.
Rewired's Yulelog Fire Mocha with smoked peppermint chocolate sauce, espresso and milk and topped with crushed peppermint and toasted marshmallow. Photo credit Courtesy of Rewired

Rewired Pizza Bar and Cafe
1110 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago
www.rewiredcafe.com | 773-360-1621

Looking for love this February? Pop into the heated "Love Shack" at Rewired! Guests can enjoy a cozy dinner in Rewired’s “Love Shack,” an outdoor heated patio that is also dog and kid-friendly. For the month of February, the patio will be decked out with hearts, glitter, and other Valentine’s Day decor. Patrons can warm up by the firepit while sipping on speciality drinks like House Made Mulled Wine, Spiked Apple Cider, Hot Toddies, and the Yulelog Fire Mocha with smoked peppermint chocolate sauce, espresso and milk and topped with crushed peppermint and toasted marshmallow.

Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by visiting https://www.exploretock.com/rewiredcafe/. MORE INFO.