Author Archives: Grace Jackson

Heating & Cooling (HVAC) Pub – Wrigleyville’s New Pizza and Concert Joint

Heating & Cooling (HVAC) Pub – Wrigleyville’s New Pizza and Concert Joint


There’s a new pub in Wrigleyville, and it’s to die for! Heating & Cooling Pub, also known as HVAC Pub, is just a couple of steps from Wrigley Field and serves up amazing appetizers, craft beers, and pizza like you’ve never seen before. They are located at 3530 N. Clark St.


There isn’t any typical bar food at HVAC, everything is made from the freshest ingredients. If you’re grabbing a drink with friends, make sure to check the appetizer menu. The bacon-wrapped dates have goat cheese and applewood smoked bacon, making it a crowd pleaser, as well as the bruschetta, with tomatoes and basil leaves. There are also great appetizers such as wings, nachos, and spinach-artichoke dip to enjoy.


Heating & Cooling’s pizza toppings include pulled pork, baked potatoes, and buffalo chicken to create their gourmet pies. “The Boss” has a combination of calamari, giardiniera, arugula, red sauce and a house cheese blend, showcasing octopus as a great topping for pizza. “Alifornication,” a monstrosity that pushes that fresh aspect, includes chicken, roasted tomato, bacon, avocado, lettuce, ranch dressing, olive oil, and cheese. If you’re looking for a regular slice of pizza, the cheese and pepperoni delivers, or make your own creation from any of their ingredients! Not looking for a whole pizza, but just a meal? Grab the PB&J, a slice of pizza with a beer and a shot of Jameson for only $8.


HVAC Pub Pizza


On Thursdays at 9 p.m., HVAC hosts local Chicago bands in an event called “Thursday Night Live.” Featuring mostly music from the rock/alternative genre, it’s a blast to see bands in such an intimate environment. You can enjoy the show from the upstairs balcony or sit in front of the stage downstairs, either way you’ll get your fix of live entertainment for the week.




During your next trip to Wrigleyville, whether you’re seeing the Cubs or going out with friends, make sure to check out Heating & Cooling Pub for pizza, beer, and a fun environment.


Celebrate Warm Weather This Summer with Concerts, Food, and Fun at Ravinia

Celebrate Warm Weather This Summer with Concerts, Food, and Fun at Ravinia


Is there anything better than a summer night in Chicago? This year, celebrate family, friends, and warmth at Ravinia! Chicagoans are a short train ride away from all that Ravinia has to offer; music performances, dining options, and large, grassy lawns. Known to be surrounded by trees, Ravinia is a little escape from the downtown skyscrapers to beautiful mother nature.


Starting on June 13th, the festival’s summer lineup features everything from country music to metal, bringing in music favorites from all genres. This year, Chicagoans will have the chance to see big stars such as Sheryl Crow, Amos Lee + David Grey, Steve Miller Band, OAR, Aretha Franklin, and Alan Jackson. Ravinia also hosts kid’s concerts and events; this year’s lineup brings symphonic performers to compose music from Tim Burton films and Disney’s Fantasia, as well as the acrobatic group Golden Dragon Acrobats from China.


Tickets for performances range from $10 to $75 based on the venue chosen and who is performing. Ravinia has 5 different venues; two indoor stages, a pavilion, a terrace, and a lawn. The indoor stages and pavilion are for more traditional concerts with assigned seats, while the terrace provides reserved tables that allow eating and drinking during the show. Lastly, the lawn is for those who want to throw down a blanket, relax in the grass, and listen to the music.


There are countless options for dining at Ravinia. With four restaurants, an ice cream shop, and refreshment carts floating around, you’ll never be hungry. Looking to save a few dollars? Ravinia encourages picnics on the lawn! If you don’t want to pack meals for you and your friends, Picnic Box, a service provided by Ravinia, will pack one for you to pick up before show time. Alcohol is allowed at all venues, whether concertgoers bring their own drinks or enjoy the fully-stocked bars, making Ravinia the perfect place for social gatherings.


No matter what age, you’re sure to have a good time. Bring your family and friends to a concert this summer at Ravinia and enjoy the great music, the warm weather, and some fun!


For more about the Ravinia and to see performance schedules, please visit



See below for detailed instructions on buying tickets (from Ravinia). Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 28 at 5 a.m. Central Time.


For security purposes, anyone who intends to purchase tickets must change his or her password before Ravinia puts more than 100 summer concerts on sale, beginning at 5 a.m. on April 28. Those who do not already have a myRavinia account are advised to create an account now. Ravinia also advises patrons to verify their personal information, including mailing address and phone number, once they log on.



Ravinia manages its own box office, so make sure you are at Ravinia cannot vouch for any secondary-market sellers. One $7 service fee will be added to each order (not to each ticket). Ravinia anticipates the heaviest traffic between 5 and 10 a.m. If there is a wait, please do not log in with multiple devices, as it could cause further delays.

  • Click Login at the top of the home page and log in to your account with your myRavinia e-mail address and password.
  • From the calendar, navigate to the first concert for which you wish to buy tickets. Click on the calendar box to view the performance information. Click “Learn More” to see the concert page and available ticket options. Click on the relevant “BUY NOW” button and specify how many tickets you want to buy. You may purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets per concert, per order. Remember, everyone needs a ticket, regardless of age.
  • Repeat the previous step for each concert for which you wish to buy tickets.
  • Select Print@Home tickets or choose to have paper tickets mailed to you.
  • Complete and pay for your order. You will receive a detailed order confirmation by e-mail.


Image Credit


Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) Features Food Deals This Week

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) Features Food Deals This Week


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo is here again from April 24-26, celebrating pop culture by showcasing exhibitions and panels from the creative geniuses behind popular comics, TV shows, and movies. C2E2 also hosts autograph signings and special screenings for fans exclusively from the creators of some their favorite entertainment. Tickets for 1-day or 3-day admission are available now on, but if you can’t make the event, four different restaurants across Chicago have partnered with C2E2 to highlight pop culture phenomenons through gastronomical food!


Dimo’s Pizza, the extremely popular pizza joint known for crazy toppings like Chicken & Waffles and S’Mores, created a concoction called “Too Many Cooks,” consisting of cool ranch Doritos, chicken nuggets and Combo’s, all tossed in Hi-C’s Ecto-Cooler drink and topped with Spicy Pop Rocks to pay tribute to 80’s junk food. This pizza will be available at their Wrigleyville and Wicker Park locations from April 20th-26th, so make sure to stop by and grab a slice!


At the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, M/X and POI bars are offering 7 different cocktails inspired by superheroes, like the Damsel in Distress, which is a mix of Amaretto & Ketel One with Cranberry Juice and Orange Juice, as well as two different entree options. The first is a grass fed burger with an egg and pepper relish in between a pretzel bun, and the second is a sandwich with bacon, gouda & brie cheeses, onions, and a tomato-basil sauce on long white bread.


Revolution Brewery/Pub is bringing back their famous Galaxy Hero IPA this month, along with the Galaxy Burger, which is made with Tang (that yummy orange drink we all used to drink when we were kids) on a black bun.


Galaxy Hero will also be served in the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Chucks: A Kerry Simon Kitchen along with the Iron Chef Burger, a beef burger with sharp cheddar cheese and red onion jam. For dinner, you can order the burger doubled. These will be available until the end of April on special, and at a discount for C2E2 fans.


Make sure to snag these one-of-a-kind creations before April is over, and enjoy the C2E2 Expo this weekend!


Feed Your Fusion: Two of Chicago’s Most Innovative Fusion Restaurants

Feed Your Fusion: Two of Chicago’s Most Innovative Fusion Restaurants


Feeling a little adventurous after such a brutal winter? Venture out into the city to two different fusion restaurants that strive to keep food unique and fun. Positioned on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview sits Thai Burrito (2439 N. Clark), a restaurant that combines exactly what it says. Upon arriving, guests are greeted by strong Thai scents and an inviting atmosphere. Starting off a meal with Thai Burrito’s crowd favorite, Crab Rangoon, is never a bad idea.


Thai Burrito’s Thai burritos are obviously the stars of the show. There are tons to choose from, but restaurant best sellers include the Panang Curry and Pad Thai burritos. If guests aren’t feeling adventurous enough to fuse completely, they have “safer” choices like Garlic or Basil. Burritos are made of a warm, crisp tortilla, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, rice, refried beans, and the choice of veggie, chicken, beef, tofu, shrimp, or tilapia. There are endless options, all made of fresh ingredients.


Thai Burrito


Not into the burrito craze? Try a variety of Tacos or Thai Nachos. Thai Burrito offers some of the best Thai food that Chicago has to offer as well, ranging from spicy curry to mild Pad Thai, just in case guests don’t want to give the fusion a try. These burritos are great for any time of day, leaving you full without excessive amounts of fat.


Thai Burrito


If you’re in the Loop, Saucy Porka (400 S. Financial Place) is a must-try. Tucked away behind Harold Washington Library, the food truck-turned-restaurant fuses Asian and Latin flavors in tacos, rice bowls, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a friendly staff and cozy atmosphere. Saucy Porka is fun, fresh, and innovative – a perfect place for a quick bite to eat during lunch.


The Curry Sweet Potato Fries are incomparable to any other fries in the city. Topped with a sprinkle of cheese and green onions, and paired with a curry aioli, nothing marries sweet and spicy together quite like these. Another appetizer unlike any other are the Chorizo Egg Rolls, a Latin alternative to the classic Asian dish. Served with an avocado aioli, these are a sensational combination of Asian and Latin cuisine.


Saucy Porka’s tacos, or “Bacos,” are freshly steamed bao buns that are served open with different fillings. Soy Ginger Tofu and Miso Braised Beef Short Rib are two customer favorites, as well as the infamous Saucy Porka sandwich, which has pork carnitas and kimchi stuffed in a French baguette. No matter what you eat here, you’ll be impressed.


Thai Burrito and Saucy Porka offer innovative and unique fusion dishes with roots in Asian cuisine, unique finds in Chicago!