You're going to need more than a George Costanza Gortex to make it to spring, so check out Chicago's sweetest hot chocolates, which will warm both your body and your soul until the seasons officially change.
It’s a little cold for the campfire, but this bourbon-centric restaurant does a S’mores Hot Chocolate in Conrad Hotel-style comfort. Packed with peanut butter whiskey, graham cracker, Valrhona chocolate, and banana marshmallow, it’s worth singing “Kumbaya” to… even if it’s just over the flame of a candle. 101 E. Erie St., Fl. 20, 312-667-6793
This place is a Mecca for marshmallows. With six different mallow flavors to top 10 different hot chocolate variations, the combinations can probably last you to spring. Just cross your fingers that we won’t see snow in May…. 2745 W. Armitage Ave., 773-245-1630
This walk-up window in the West Loop one-ups the old Pillsbury® classic. Their version of Funfetti is topped with a doughnut, shortbread, whipped cream, and, of course, enough sprinkles to send the Doughboy® into a laughing fit instead of his adorable giggle. 832 W. Randolph St., 312-492-7775
When it’s too cold for even a center-cut filet mignon to warm your spirits, you can have your cocoa and eat it too with Morton’s Hot Chocolate Cake. It’s light and fluffy on the outside with a warm cocoa center, topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries, and then finished with a kiss of powdered sugar. This legendary local dessert does the trick regardless of how you consume it. 1050 N. State St., 312-266-4820; 65 E. Wacker Pl., 312-201-0410
It makes sense that a place with “Hot Chocolate” in the name should probably be somewhere on your list of best hot chocolates. Especially when it was opened by a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, Mindy Segal. There are nine different variations—think: pumpkin spice, old-fashioned, and “affogato,” all with their house-made marshmallows—so this place is pretty much the holy grail of hot cocoas. 1747 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-1747
Can’t make it to the Caribbean to escape the cold this winter? Polar Vortex meets palm trees with this Coconut Almond Hot Chocolate. It’s made with Stillhouse coconut moonshine, cocoa powder, vanilla, ancho chili, and almond milk, and it’s almost as satisfying as that all-inclusive in the Bahamas. 1954 W. Armitage Ave., 773-276-4400