Party Earth Review Nestled next to the train tracks and a short hop from Logan’s namesake public square, the Boiler Room is a neighborhood hangout featuring New York-style pizza, a diverse microbrew selection, and Jameson’s finest on tap... ... read full review
2210 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Blue Line: California
M–F 4pm–2am, Sa noon–3am, Su noon–2am
Logan Square, Chicago –
Nestled next to the train tracks and a short hop from Logan’s namesake public square, the Boiler Room is a neighborhood hangout featuring New York-style pizza, a diverse microbrew selection, and Jameson’s finest on tap.
Large windows along the black-painted brick façade showcase the cooks as they work their latest doughy masterpiece, although auto enthusiasts are probably more interested in the owner’s restored ’63 Ford that’s often parked out front.
As the name suggests, the place sports an industrial décor, with low-hanging iron light fixtures, booths fashioned out of old airplane seatbelts and cargo straps, and bathrooms styled after a New York City subway car.
When the evening sets in, the spacious room fills with PBR-drinking artsy types and whiskey-sipping students, as well as famished groups who crowd around the communal tables to indulge in twenty-two-inch pizzas or mounds of sausage.
Busy most nights of the week, the venue really gets going on Friday and Saturday nights, especially in the summer, when lively crowds of tattooed locals spill out onto the airy patio with their specialty drinks and mozzarella balls in hand, as solitary drinkers catch an old movie on the screens behind the bar.
Home to big pies and a host of seasonal specials, the Boiler Room attracts a vibrant young crowd in the mood for a quick meal or a long evening chatting over cocktails and cheese.
Hipsters, local artsy types, college students, New York pizza fans, and relaxed older locals, early 20s to early 30s+.
Ambient indie and alternative hits. Two screens above the bar usually tuned to old movies or sports on big game nights.
New York-style pizza, whole or by the slice, as well as other pizza, salads and dips. Cash only. ATM on site. Reservations not accepted.
Appetizers $3–$8, pizza $3–$4/slice or $18–$30/pie. Beer $3–$7.50, wine $8, specialty cocktails $8.
Casual: skinny jeans, cutoffs, plaid, flannel shirts, vans, trucker hats.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowd of pizza-lovers, although patrons should expect a lengthy wait for a table.
The Whistler (2421 North Milwaukee Avenue) serves up cocktails and live music that go great with a belly full of pizza.