New pizza pub rebrands Wrigley

April 17 2015 - 9:49 AM

Not many people over the age of 24 are excited about visiting Wrigleyville; it has a reputation for being a bit run-down and over-intoxicated. Adolfo Garcia and Carmen Rossi are looking to change that with the opening of their new Pizza Pub and Live Music venue in the heart of it all.

“For the first time in almost a century, Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs are undergoing major changes and reform. The popular stretch of Clark Street is also going through modernization for a full rebrand and buildout. We are excited to be a part of the neighborhood’s transformation and to introduce this craft pizza pub concept.” – Garcia said in a release.

HVAC or Heating and Cooling Pub has a vintage motorcycle theme and a warm industrial interior, while photos of concerts from Chicago Photographer Paul Natkin fill the walls to the second level. The newly renovated space, that once held the Wild Hare and more recently Flacos Tacos, now features a music stage viewable from the main floor or the lofted 2nd floor gallery which boast its own bar, tufted bench seating and balconet windows to enjoy those warm summer breezes.

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They boast over 80 Beers, mostly craft cans, though many were not available in the upstairs level when I visited. Their menu has a small selection of appetizers, salads and basic pizzas but the real star are their specialty pies.  They offer up 9 specialty pizzas, the crust is thin with a bit of chew. I wish the crust had a bit more favor on its own, but the innovative toppings made up for it. My favorites of the few we sampled were:

Baked Potato ($18/$24) garlic, potato, bacon, cheese and a sour cream drizzle; comforting and hearty
Californication ($20/$26) topped with fresh lettuce and avocado makes this pizza a bit tricky to eat, but the great fresh flavor is perfect for summer
The Boss ($18/$24) topped with fried calamari and giardiniera, this za is spicy
Graceland “The Pulled Pork” ($18/$24) sweet and delicious, a great addition to any pizza party

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If you aren’t convinced yet, here are 3 reasons to add HVAC to your summer list:

– They offer a PB&J for $8,  (P)izza slice, PBR Tallboy (B)eer, and (J)amo shot (not valid on Game Days)

– Free live music every Thursday starting at 9pm

– Walk up pizza window inside, in case you need something to soak up all that craft beer goodness

Live Music Schedule

Live Music Schedule

Photos Courtesey of HVAC