About

The U.S. Pizza Museum’s mission is to inspire 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.

Visit the U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection by reserving free admission at https://uspizzamuseum.com/tickets/.

If you’re interested in scheduling a private tour, email tickets@uspizzamuseum.com

Address

U.S. Pizza Museum
1146 S Delano Ct W
Chicago, IL 60605

Hours (beginning August 10, 2018)

Friday: 5–8pm
Saturday: 11am–6pm
Sunday: 11am–6pm

For upcoming activities, visit our Events page.

The U.S. Pizza Museum was founded in Chicago by Kendall Bruns in 2015. The collection made its public physical debut at the Chicago Pizza Summit at 1st Ward in Chop Shop from April 3–6, 2016.

Contact

Kendall Bruns, Founder & Director
kendall@uspizzamuseum.com

Media Inquiries: Carissa Remitz at Wagstaff Worldwide
carissa@wagstaffworldwide.com

Okay, but what is this and why does it exist?

Hi, this is Kendall. Let me explain. In what is not an uncommon story, I have always loved pizza. It was my favorite food growing up. My first job was at a LaRosa’s Pizzeria in Cincinnati. When I co-founded a video production company in 2005 we named it Pizza Infinity. I’ve created artwork about pizza. Whenever an article like GQ Magazine’s “American Pie” list of what author Alan Richman considered the best 25 pizzas in America would come out I’d make it a point to try to visit every place and form my own opinions.

Cincinnati's own, LaRosa's

Cincinnati’s own, LaRosa’s Pizza

My obsession really kicked up to a higher level about five years ago when I started living in Chicago (a great pizza town regardless of your opinion on Chicago deep dish) and visiting New York city on a more regular basis with pizza discovery as a goal. The endless pizza information online—especially the amazing Serious Eats Slice website—and pizza books like Ed Levine’s Pizza: A Slice of Heaven and Peter Reinhart’s American Pie fueled a desire to examine pizza on a deeper level. I started documenting and collecting items during my visits. I began updating multiple pizza-related spreadsheets.

Frank Pepe in New Haven, CT

Frank Pepe Pizzeria in New Haven, CT

Somewhere along the line I starting thinking that I wished there was a pizza museum. As an art school graduate (emphasis in sculpture) and a young designer in Cincinnati I had worked with the Cincinnati Art Museum and more extensively with the Contemporary Arts Center, but a visit to the small New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum and watching the development and growth of the Chicago Design Museum is what really inspired me to revisit the idea of what a pizza museum could be.

For a while I was paralyzed by overambition—every creative person’s worst enemy. Then, in 2012 I started hearing about Pizza Brain in Philadelphia, the world’s first pizza museum and restaurant opened by the Guinness World Record holder for the largest pizza memorabilia collection, Brian Dwyer. It looked awesome. I didn’t need to open a pizza museum—one already existed.

Still, I kept collecting items and going on pizza trips to visit legendary places like Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Al Forno in Providence and too many to mention in New Haven. I mourned the closing of Great Lake in Chicago. I wanted an outlet. Every major city has multiple art museums. Pizza deserves at least two.

The famous Rosa pie at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix

The famous Rosa pie at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, AZ

For now, the U.S. Pizza Museum is a physical collection that can be viewed virtually with occasional pop-up exhibits. It’s a fun way for me to share my collection and experiences. There’s a lot more in the collection than what is posted online so stay tuned for updates. I hope you like it.

4 thoughts on “About”

  1. Paul D says:

    This is an incredible idea for a tourist gimmick specific to the Chicago area. With the number of tourists that come here, this is the perfect idea for a gimmicky destination unique to Chicago. If I had money, I would eagerly support the inception of a physical location for this museum. George Lucas? Whatever. This is something actually special to Chicago.

  2. My 16 year old son is known for being the pizza king…where will the event be held, id like to take him..thank you

  3. I would like to be the director of education for the Pizza Museum once it has a permanent physical location. I have an M.A. in Art Education and 20 years of teaching experience. I also have about 40 years of pizza experience. Let me know when you need my resume. I’ll be waiting.

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