Whether you’re out starting your Christmas shopping or wandering the Chicago streets admiring the gorgeous holiday lights, you’re bound to want a nice, cozy spot to warm up and relax with a nice cup of coffee or maybe even a specialty cocktail. We’re sharing 5 of our favorite spots we cozy up in during these brutal Chicago winters. Hit them all or just a couple, but stay warm this winter!
This coffee shop in Humboldt Park is a must visit for those who want a comfy, cozy, and quaint spot to lounge in after being out in the Chicago weather. It’s the perfect storm of rustic, inviting, and warm. Oh, not the mention they have an amazing selection of delicious offerings: everything from lattes to macchiatos and they even serve Doughnut Vault treats!
Located on the north side of the city in Andersonville, Hopleaf has an extensive beer list and a surprisingly hearty (and delicious) food menu. Their Reuben with steak frites can’t be beat! So grab a beer and a menu and take a seat in the dining room next to their wood-burning fireplace and you’ll be sure to warm up this winter.
Similar to its brother bar Three Dots & a Dash (actually, Paul McGee ran Three Dots before venturing out to open Lost Lake), there are some striking differences that will convince you to visit if we haven’t already. If you’ve been to Three Dots & a Dash, perhaps you can guess what Lost Lake’s decor will look like: a tiki, neon, leafy heaven (if Jayne Weddings owned a bar, this would be it). This is where the similarities stop as Lost Lake’s list of cocktails is full of deeper, darker tiki cocktails that are a little less accessible, though they do have the signature fruit skewers, crazy straws and umbrellas with each drink.
You’ll find this next spot hidden below Gilt Bar giving it an almost speakeasy-esque vibe. Filled with quaint lounge areas (and velvet couches!), vintage library decor, and upscale menu. The candlelit lighting and 20+ specialty cocktails will certainly warm you up on those cold Chicago nights.
Located on the 2nd floor of Chicago Athletic Association, Cherry Circle Room is the place to be for a refined, rustic food menu and rotating menu of specialty cocktails (with a focus on American and Scotch whiskey. Not to mention the space itself is so inviting. It’s intimate decor and combination of historic and modern elements is why it’s made our list of cozy places.
With 3 locations (Fulton Market, River North, and Streeterville), Beatrix should be a must visit this winter even if it’s only to try their incredible lemon pancakes. What’s great about Beatrix is that they’ve combined a bakery/cafe with a modern american eatery and wine bar, so you’ll be able to satisfy all of your cravings no matter when you visit!
If you find yourself in Logan Square and in need of a coffee fix, check out Gaslight Coffee Roasters. Known for their always rotating selection of house-roasted coffee but they have some incredible pastries and cookies as well! So stop in for a warm cup and enjoy this quaint, cozy neighborhood coffee shop.