1 IO Godfrey
127 W. Huron St., River North
At the first sign of the frigid season, the Godfrey Hotel Chicago’s rooftop lounge converts into a lavender-and-blue-bathed boreal wonderland. Cozy domes make it seem like you’re inside a snow globe, and there are open-air fire pits to roast marshmallows for s’mores ($20).
Drink:The cinnamon-heavy hot toddy ($22) is big enough to serve you and a few friends.
12 S. Michigan Ave., Loop
From the fire-pit-dotted 13th-floor balcony, you can spy teeny-tiny skaters looping around the ice rink in Millennium Park.
Drink:The Toast ($22), an effervescent yet earthy concoction of sake, Champagne, and pineapple, feels appropriately celebratory.
302 N. Green St., West Loop
Sure, you can wrap yourself in a blanket and huddle around the fire pits on the third-floor patio among the city lights. But you can still see the stars while having a drink in Aba’s dining room, which feels like a greenhouse with its lush foliage and massive skylight.
Drink:A mango-infused gin and tonic ($13) completes the tropical fantasy.
1112 N. State St., Near North
Take in an ice-capped Lake Michigan from 18 stories up while, crouched under a heat lamp next to the pool, you pretend it’s summer.
Drink:The Boozy Pumpkin ($13), a steaming apple-brandy concoction topped with whipped cream and tonka bean, will keep your hands toasty.
5 The J. Parker
1816 N. Clark St., Old Town
A retractable glass roof keeps the frigid air out and the good times in on top of the 13-floor Hotel Lincoln, which boasts views of Lincoln Park, the lake, and downtown.
Drink:The North of Patagonia ($13, above right), a hot pisco cider, will chase away any chill.