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Best Christmas Bars and Restaurants in Chicago

Best Christmas Bars and Restaurants in Chicago
Best Christmas Bars and Restaurants in Chicago

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with great food and drinks? I’m bringing you the best Christmas bars and restaurants in Chicago that’ll give you all the holiday feels. Because if we are all being honest with ourselves eating and drinking your way through any city is the way to do it… then throw in Christmas decorations? I mean… I’m sold.

Butch McGuires… surprise surprise this is the first one on my list. It’s basically the first on any “Christmas bars in Chicago” lists. They go ALL OUT, and it is a blast. I love Butch McGuires anytime of the year, but it’ll always be extra special during the holiday season. [pic via Butch McGuires Instagram]

Walnut Room at Macy’s. Once you’re done strolling down State Street, reading your way through Macy’s annual holiday window display, head into the Walnut Room. Definitely make reservations in advance, or you can go during off hours such as weekday mornings. The closer to Christmas, the crazier this place will be. So if you don’t get around to going this year, plan accordingly for next year. [pic via Tina | TBR etc. on Instagram]

Christkindlmarket Chicago… whether you’re heading to the market in the loop, at Wrigley or in Naperville, there are one million things at each market to get you in the Christmas spirit. If sipping on wine or hot chocolate out of the festive mugs, or eating one the handfuls of food options… this is a must visit. [Pic via Maggie Mae on Instagram]

Berghoff Restaurant. A restaurant that has been around FOREVER and certainly knows how to do food and Christmas. Not to mention they have pretzels that are bigger than your head. [Pic via Berghoff on Instagram]

J. Parker… this is one of the few rooftop bars that are open during the winter in Chicago. On top of Hotel Lincoln right in the heart of Lincoln Park, you’ll be able to see the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights from a birds eye view. Whether you’re content with seeing the lights from this rooftop or looking for a place to grab a drink and some small plate grub before going to the zoo, this place offers one of the best views of the city. [Pic via J. Parker on Instagram]

Cindy’s Rooftop… another rooftop bar that is open year round in Chicago, this one being a bit more south than the J. Parker. Cindy’s Rooftop is is on top of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel and offers breathtaking views of Millennium Park, where you’ll find an ice rink, Christmas tree, and the classic bean. [Pic via Cindy’s on Instagram]

Homeslice… Cozy on up with great ‘za, Christmas lights galore, totally IG worthy neon signs and not to mention great drinks at Homeslice. Their back patio is heated in the winter, so that’s a win. They have massive booths perfect for a large party, so if anyone has a birthday around Christmas, this is a great place to go. [Pic via Julia on Instagram]

Firecakes… start your day off on the right note and head to my favorite donut shop in Chicago, Firecakes. They have their own little Eggnog Donut and  BELGIUM hot chocolate. I’ll take both of those, right now, plz and ty. [Pic via Firecakes on Instagram]


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