1. Armitage Alehouse
Opened at the end of October by the team behind Au Cheval, Armitage Alehouse offers a cozy respite from the bracing Chicago winter. If the moody lighting, plush banquettes, and roaring fireplace don’t warm you up, the British pub and Anglo-Indian–inspired menu will. There are pub classics, like pike fish and chips and a steak and ale pot pie—in fact, there are a bunch of savory meat pies—commingling with the likes of matzo ball soup with foie gras schmaltz and tikka masala. Wash it all down with a British-style ale or, if you’ve been imbibing too much during the holidays, an actually good mocktail, like the Ghia Spritz with a spirit-free aperitif, elderflower tonic, nasturtium, mint, and juniper.