Everyone needs a place to warm up, put your bags down, and eat while shopping for holiday gifts. These escapes—conveniently located in Chicago’s top shopping areas—have just what you need to stay energized.
Where to Shop: Michigan Avenue Where to Recharge: Drumbar (201 E. Delaware Place, 312-933-4805)
Tucked at the top of the Raffaello Hotel just off Michigan Avenue, Drumbar is a welcome escape from the holiday chaos below. Settle into the leather-tufted couch and order the Fear and Desire—Alex Renshaw’s genius mix of roasted corn-infused mescal, egg, bitters, and grated cinnamon.
Where to Shop: North & Clybourn Area Where to Recharge: Burger Bar (1578 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-255-0055)
With over 100 craft beers and an appreciation for all-things local, you might be tempted to settle into a stool at Burger Bar and leave the bustling North Avenue shops behind for good.
Where to Shop: State Street Where to Recharge: Magnolia Bakery (108 N. State St. #128, 312-346-7777)
Step inside Magnolia—the New York cupcake shop import with an old-school vibe—for a chance to reset without ever stepping off State Street. Try a slice of the new cranberry-pear crumble, the winner of the employee pie-baking contest; the pecan-crumble topping is enough to keep your holiday spirits high.
Where to Shop: Wicker Park Where to Recharge: Xoco (1471 N. Milwaukee Ave.872-829-3821)
In between shopping at boutiques, swing by the newest Rick Bayless outpost, Xoco. The Wicker Park location offers bean-to-cup hot chocolate options that are anything but basic. The Aztec’s allspice and chile add a kick to the fresh-ground chocolate—just what you need to warm up and get shopping on the northern stretch of Damen.
Where to Shop: Rush Street Where to Recharge: Le Colonial (937 N. Rush St., 312-255-0088)
Before you call it a day, drop into Le Colonial. The Vietnamese-French spot offers a seasonal drink called The Naughty Negroni, which blends grilled vermouth-soaked oranges, Campari, and sparkling wine for a festive twist that’ll give you the push you need to make one last stop at Barneys across the street.