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As the weather turns colder with each passing day, we Chicagoans need a little something to keep us warm. Look no further than these city and suburban spots to warm up your soul and your belly this winter! 

Cleo's Southern Cuisine 

A traditional dessert gets a seasonal twist with the Pumpkin Spiced Bread Pudding ($9.95) featuring Cleo's signature bread pudding with a special holiday spice.

Spirit Elephant

Two favorites come together in a 100% vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake ($11)! The cashew-based cheesecake features a housemade gluten-free graham cracker crust, pumpkin puree, whipped cream, and sea salt caramel. 

The PSL gets an upgrade with the Smashing Pumpkin ($14). A housemade pumpkin spice coffee vodka is paired with coffee liqueur, Bailey's, and Aquafaba for a fall drink. 

Virtue Restaurant + Bar

Every day is pie day with Virtue's We Finally Got a Piece of the Pie ($11), a sweet potato pie with whipped cream. Chef Becky Pendola roasts the sweet potatoes so the sugars begin to caramelize and purees until silky. 

When was the last time you had a yammin' good cocktail? Our puns might need some work but Virtue's cocktail game doesn't. The Yammin' ($13) features rum, yams, lime, and maple syrup.

Mustard Seed Kitchen

Mustard Seed Kitchen (49 East Cermak Road) is a new American Takeout concept created by James Beard-nominated Chef Erick Williams of Virtue Restaurant. The restaurant is takeout only and focuses on everyday eats that are approachable and affordable. Bring home the best of Mustard Seed Kitchen's comforting items for a cold night including:

- Chicken Alfredo ($16.99): featuring spaghetti cooked with broccoli and English peas, topped with Parmesan cheese, and served with a creamy alfredo sauce and garlic bread.

- Chicken Gumbo ($7.99): with Cajun chicken, Andouille sausage, and gold rice.

- Creamy Tomato Soup ($5.99): with basil oil and croutons. Pair it with Garlic Bread and dip to your heart's content.

- Fried Chicken Sandwich ($11.99): fried chicken thigh sandwich topped with lettuce, pickles, and seasoned mayo served on a Brioche bun. 

- Say Cheese ($13.00): nothing beats a good ol' cheeseburger on a cold night! This particular number is a double cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and seasoned mayo.

Mustard Seed Kitchen is open Monday - Saturday from 11am - 8pm (closed on Sundays!). For the full menu and to place an order, visit https://mustardseedkitchenchic...

Bar Goa 

Bar Goa mixologist, Allie Kim, embraces the cold while keeping the influences of India and the beach-y vibes of the coastal town of Goa. For $15 each, guests can enjoy the following seasonal cocktails: 

  • Shimmering Sands Illegal Mezcal, Apricot Liqueur, Pickled Lime Cordial, Pineapple 
  • Midnight Mass in Panjim Tanteo Navidad, Giffard Pamplemousse, Garden Party Basil, Lime
  • Sur La Mer (Hot Cocktail) Brugal Anejo, Amass Vodka, Coconut, Lime, Nutmeg 

Time Out Market Chicago 

Beverage Director Jonathan Kahn keeps it fun with his ingredients and festive cocktail names at this West Loop food hall.

  • Oaxaca in A Winter Wonderland Uruapan Charanda Rhum, Pomegranate Amaro, Appel's Cardamom Syrup, Bolivar & Angostura Bitters, Lime
  • White Spritzmas Trakal, Genepy de Alpes, Rosemary Infused Riesling,  Mediterranean Tonic, Silver Glitter Dust
  • Not My Gumdrop Buttons! DCD Blue Line Gin, Spiced Pear Liqueur, Gingerbread Rooibos Tea Infused Falernum, Rhine Hall La Normande Pommeau, Lemon
  • Fa La La Llama Catan Pisco, Appel's Vanilla Cola Syrup, La Fuerza Blanco Vermouth, Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters
The Smashing Pumpkin Spirit Elephant
The Smashing Pumpkin cocktail at Spirit Elephant (Photo courtesy of Spirit Elephant)

Chikatana

Pozole Verde - Chef Guillermo Reyes combines slow-cooked pulled chicken, hominy, and an herbed green chili broth to create Chikatana’s fresh take on the classic Mexican soup.

Dusek’s

Ricotta Dumplings - Chef Ben Truesdell surrounds pillowy dumplings with a blend of caramelized onion broth, sauerkraut, turnip, apple, and caraway seed.

The Bristol

Mulligatawny Soup - Chef Larry Feldmeier’s version of this curry-based soup features a seasonal blend of piquillo pepper, green apple, and lentil.

Hannah’s Bretzel

Alpine Soup - Returning to the Hannah’s Bretzel menu for the season, this European winter favorite is a traditional, hearty mountain soup native to Switzerland. Based on an original Swiss recipe called "Graubündner Suppe", this stew features organic whole grains, french ham, double smoked bacon, organic carrots, celery, Yukon potatoes, organic yellow onions, garlic, dill, parsley, and cream.

Soul & Smoke 

Chicken Gumbo - Soul & Smoke’s Cajun influences shine in the BBQ and Soul Food concept’s traditional take on Chicken Gumbo. The hearty stew features chicken andouille sausage and is layered on a bed of Carolina Gold Rice topped with scallions.

Queenie’s Supper Club

French Onion - Chef Aaron Browning’s french onion soup features caramelized onions, port, crouton, and Jarlsberg cheese.

Maine Lobster Bisque - Another supper club staple, the main lobster bisque with celery root is a light start to your meal at Queenie’s. 

Rye Deli + Drink

Sourdough Tomato - You weren’t the only one who experimented with sourdough during the pandemic. Rye’s new sourdough tomato soup blends roasted tomatoes and za’atar sofrito and is served with a homemade bagel baguette grilled cheese for dunking.

Matzo Ball Soup - This isn't your average Matzo Ball Soup, it’s crafted with blue corn masa and local grains, seasonal veggies, and a lil' bit of patience.

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The Matzo Ball Soup at Rye Deli + Drink (Photo courtesy of Neil Burger)

Epic Burger 

Candy Cane Shake - Vanilla ice cream blended with crushed candy canes and peppermint syrup. Topped with whipped cream and more crushed candy canes.  

Goddess / Eggy’s on Superior 

Crunchy Nutella French Toast (V) - Eggy’s french toast in a crunchy bran flake batter, stuffed with nutella, peanut butter and bananas. 

Private Label Moscow Mule - 375ml bottle CH Vodka, fresh lime, ginger juice and carbonation. 24.99 (serves 2-3)

The Goddess and Grocer 

Cardamom, Rose & Almond Latte 

Short Rib Grilled Cheese - beef short rib with butterkäse cheese, arugula, pickled red onion and horseradish sauce on grilled challah

Sunda New Asian

Tuna Truffle Pizza - roti prata, black truffle, foie gras aioli, red onion, truffle vinaigrette

Chicken Inasal - lemongrass, tomatoes, red onion, achiote glaze, chili lime vinaigrette, grilled lemon

Miso Cauliflower - garlic, chilies, sweet miso butter

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Photo courtesy of Epic Burger

El Che Steakhouse & Bar

Winner Winner After Dinner - Averna Amaro, Yellow Chartreuse, Coffe and Hand Whipped Cream

Farm Bar 

Rum Rum Reindeer - Chicago Spirits Rum, House Made Cranberry & Lemongrass Syrup, Lime, Mint, and Soda Water

Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar

Lake Effect - Empress 1908 Gin, Italicus, Lavendar-Vanilla Syrup, Earl Grey Crema, Whipped Topping 

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Photo courtesy of El Che Steakhouse & Bar

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