U.S. Pizza Museum Traces History Of Food, From Italy To Chicago

Andy Giersher
September 14, 2018 - 7:13 pm
U.S. Pizza Museum In Chicago's Roosevelt Collection shops.

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicagoans can now celebrate all things pizza with a visit to the U.S. Pizza Museum, tucked in the Roosevelt Collection Shops in the city's South Loop. 

Founder and director Kendall Bruns always had a passion for the savory Italian dish and over the years amassed a wide variety of menus, boxes, toys and anything else related to pizza.  In 2015, he decided to curate his collection to help tell the story of how Italian immigrants brought pizza to America, but it was all virtual until he opened the current pop-up location, 1146 S. Delano Ct., in August. 

Visitors who stop by get to experience an intimate tour of the 3,000 square-foot facility that houses a vast collection of pop culture pizza memorabilia and vintage pizzeria items from the 1950's to the present.  

Check out our interview with museum director Kendall Bruns below: 

The museum also has a number of special events planned, including a live podcast taping Saturday where Bruns and a guest will review the new film "Slice," staring Chance The Rapper and set around a demonic pizza place. On Sept. 22, the museum will host Steve Dolinsky, local food critic and author of "Pizza City, USA."

The U.S. Pizza Museum offers free admission, but is only open weekends and requires advance online reservations for a particular time. The exhibit is a pop-up and may only remain at its current location through the end October. 

"I am hoping that we can stay here even longer, something that we are talking about, but the only sure bet right now is to come between now and October," Bruns said.

The one thing the U.S. Pizza Museum does not have is actual pizza. But, this being Chicago, there are a number of local pizza parlors in the area, Bruns said. 

For more information on the U.S. Pizza Museum, click here.