In Chicago, winter is as dependably terrible as the Bears’ offensive line and the corruption scandals of local aldermen. Experienced Chicagoans are well aware of this, and know that the secret to surviving until spring is plenty of booze and a cozy local spot with a warm fireplace. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the best fireplace-equipped drinking spots in town, ranked from No. 20 to No. 1, so you’re never caught drinking at No. 21. Gross.
There are few sure bets in life, but there’s no denying that: 1) Everyone loves pizza, and 2) Sitting next to a fire ensures that you won’t be attacked by an army of gigantiops destructor ants. Fortunately, you can do both of those things at Stella Barra Pizzeria, which offers tasty pies with toppings such as smoked bacon and goat cheese, or avocado and arugula pesto.