How to piss off New Yorkers – Lesson 1: Create a U.S. Pizza Museum and PUT IT IN CHICAGO!
That’s exactly what creator Kendall Bruns did, as he set out to turn his collection of pizza memorabilia from across the U.S. into something everyone could see.
Located in The Roosevelt Collection on Delano Court in the South Loop of Chicago, the U.S. Pizza Museum is a small space that pays homage to the evolution of pizza across the world. It begins with an intro into the history of how pizza originated in the U.S., being brought over by Italian immigrants towards the end of the 19th century, with the first licensed pizzeria opening in New York (Boooooo!) in 1905.
As visitors walk along, more history is given into various types of pizza, as well as a special section just for Chicago style which includes DEEP DISH! For instance, did you know that Chef Alice May, an African American woman, is rumored to have played a KEY part in the development of Chicago pizza, while she worked at Pizzeria Uno, before she helped open Gino’s East (in Streeterville) in 1966?
Records that sing all about pizza are on one of their walls, in their original album form as well as plenty of other cool toys (think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & NOID) trinkets, baseball cards, menus and more, that all highlight pizza in America, which includes a wall that dons pizza boxes from Chicago and across the U.S., even Hawaii and Alaska!
- Parking in the lot is FREE up to 1 and a half hours! Park in the parking garage and take your ticket to the cashier in the front of the museum for validation.
- The only way the museum makes money is if your purchase from the gift shop, so be sure to grab some cool gifts for friends and yourself, out of the shop
The cost for the museum is currently free, but it is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets must also be reserved on line (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/us-pizza-museum-17565390009) which is probably due to the limited space. The dates are getting filled and booked FAST!
In a nutshell, this museum pop-up take a part of food that should essentially be its own food group and gives you a taste (pun intended) of its beginnings and journey in the U.S. Though small, it is packed with information and fun memorabilia, giving visitors a quick, information-packed look at this glorious food!