It’s the season of plastic, see-through igloos in Chicago. Winter might be miserable here, but plenty of bars and restaurants embrace, or rather, exploit the cold temperatures and welcome those too stubborn to stay indoors. See-through igloos, fire pits, hot cocktails, ice curling rinks and weather-dependent discounts will entice people to bundle up and linger outside. You can also enjoy the views from rooftops and patios that have been sealed up for the season if you prefer to hang up your coat and keep the dream of summer alive. There’s no need to hibernate when you can head to one of these 30 spots extending the season for outdoor dining.
The Gwen Hotel. Book 30 minutes at the iceless curling rink and alpine-inspired cabin equipped with heaters and an outdoor fire table for $25 per person, which includes a specialty cocktail. 521 N. Rush St., 312-645-1500, thegwenchicago.com