Chicago, United States-
Good news for pizza lovers, soon Chicago is about to get a Pizza museum dedicated to pies of all shapes and sizes with free samples to celebrate the grand opening.
The U.S. Pizza Museum is actually the brainchild of Founder & Director Kendall Bruns. He is a die hard pizza lover who first officially introduced the project in 2015. Since then, despite being an actual physical collection of pizza memorabilia, the museum has existed primarily as a virtual showcase, aside from the occasional pop-up exhibit. But starting on Friday, August 10, Bruns’ concept will get a semi-permanent home at the Roosevelt Collection shops in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.
The U.S. Pizza Museum promises to feature “pizza-themed ephemera, including menus, rare pizza boxes, vinyl records, vintage ads, toys, video games, and more.” Additionally, “pizza-related souvenirs, including clothing and original works by independent artists, will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.”
Though online reservations are required, entrance is completely free for a limited time with no purchase necessary. In fact, during the grand opening weekend of Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, guests will even be offered free pizza samples from the nearby pizzeria Aurelio’s of South Loop. From then, the museum to be open on Fridays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. until at least October. Reservations are currently available until the end of August.
Bruns said in a statement, “As America’s favorite food, pizza provides an easy entry point to learn about history, pop culture, and the people behind the pizza. We expect the exhibits to have a nostalgic effect on viewers, and I’m thrilled to work with Roosevelt Collection to bring it to life. Visitors will benefit from free entry to the museum and an ongoing calendar of activities.”