U.S. Pizza Museum: Grand Opening


Aug 10, 2018


The U.S. Pizza Museum opens its doors at Roosevelt Collection in Chicago. Starting with a grand opening celebration on Friday, August 10, the museum will be open throughout October on Fridays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Previously only existing online and through popup exhibits and events, this is the first full-fledged showcase of Founder Kendall Bruns’ vision of a museum that preserves and interprets pizza-related items in both a present-day and historical context, and it will be free for all ages to visit.


“Welcoming the U.S. Pizza Museum to Roosevelt Collection will expand our cultural offerings and give Chicagoans and out-of-towners another reason to visit,” says Shannon Ridgeway, General Manager of Roosevelt Collection Shops. “Our visitors return not only for our great shopping, but also for the experiences they can have with us – whether it’s taking in the latest blockbuster, enjoying a challenging fitness class, or discovering something new about their favorite food.”


The U.S. Pizza Museum features pizza-themed ephemera, including menus, rare pizza boxes, vinyl records, vintage ads, toys, video games, and more. Pizza-related souvenirs, including clothing and original works by independent artists, will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.


“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,” said Bruns. “Visitors will benefit from free entry to the museum and an ongoing calendar of activities.”


To kick off the grand opening weekend celebration, Aurelio’s of South Loop will offer free pizza samples to all visitors as part of the festivities from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. Throughout the summer, the Roosevelt Collection and U.S. Pizza Museum partner to offer a series of special events to spread the pizza love, including art activities, book signings, dough-making demonstrations, pizza parties, and mobile pizzerias parked outside of the museum! A full schedule will be announced soon.


Entry to the U.S. Pizza Museum is free with required online reservation for timed entry. The first wave of tickets is available now at https://uspizzamuseum.com/tickets/. For updates and more information, follow Roosevelt Collection on Facebook and Instagram.


About Roosevelt Collection Shops

Roosevelt Collection is a unique shopping, dining and lifestyle destination, located in the heart of the rapidly-growing South Loop. Surrounded by campuses, museums, sports arenas and must-see attractions, Roosevelt Collection is accessible from all corners of the city. The commuter-friendly property features uncommon urban amenities in its dog-friendly plaza, children’s play area, koi pond, fire pits and unrivaled skyline views on The Rooftop, a public park on the property's north side that sits atop the neighboring British International School of Chicago. Three hundred forty-two spacious rental apartments, located above the Shops, complete this vibrant development, truly making it a place where life meets leisure. Some shops include The Container Store, Ulta Beauty, Banana Republic, White House/Black Market, and Francesca’s. Chicagoans are invited to take a stroll, catch a movie at Showplace ICON Theatre, break a sweat at one of the three fitness-focused offerings, and gather over good eats and conversation – all in one place. Roosevelt Collection Shops is managed and leased by Poag Shopping Centers. For more information, please visit https://www.rooseveltcollection.com/, and follow Roosevelt Collection Shops on Facebook or Instagram.


About the U.S. Pizza Museum

Everyone loves pizza! Founded in 2015 by Kendall Bruns, the U.S. Pizza Museum’s mission is toinspire curiosity and new ways of thinking about the rich history and recent developments in the world of pizza by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting pizza-related items. The collection made its public physical debut at the Chicago Pizza Summit at 1st Ward in Chop Shop on April 3, 2016. Select items from its collection are showcased online at https://uspizzamuseum.com. The U.S. Pizza Museum debuts at Roosevelt Collection in summer 2018. You can also find the U.S. Pizza Museum on Facebook and Instagram.


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1146 S. Delano Court West
Chicago, IL

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