Events

Upcoming Events

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10/20/18 – Apizzaclypse Now, LIVE: Loverboy

The hosts of the Films of the Future podcast are back with a new podcast where they review films that feature pizza. For their premiere live episode, Alan Metoskie (FOX’s The Exorcist) and Kendall Bruns (U.S. Pizza Museum Founder & Director) will discuss Loverboy (1989), starring Patrick Dempsey as a college sophomore and pizza delivery boy that gets seduced by an older woman. How problematic will this film seem in 2018? Join us to find out!

Opening+DayBefore the event begins (from 5:30–7:30pm), you’ll be able to purchase pizza from the Chicago Pizza Boss, parked outside the U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection Plaza. Self described as a “voyeuristic set up,” the Chicago Pizza Boss Mobile Pizzeria promises guests of the U.S. Pizza Museum a one of a kind Italian street food experience just outside our front doors. Pizza Boss’s hand-crafted “Neopolitan” pizzas prepared in their Forno Bravo wood-fired oven use only the most supreme ingredients, a value we here at the museum share.

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U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection
1146 S Delano Ct W
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Doors: 7pm, Event: 7:30pm
  • Free Admission w/Online Reservation, 18+
  • Garage Parking (1st 2 hours free w/validation)

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10/27/18 – Spooky Pizza Party

Think you have the best pizza costume this Halloween? Pit yourself against fellow pizza enthusiasts at the U.S. Pizza Museum’s Spooky Pizza Party and Costume Contest! Admire each others’ costumes while you compete in our pizza box art contest.

U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection
1146 S Delano Ct W
Chicago, IL 60605

  • 7–9pm, All ages

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10/6/18 – Arguments & Grievances Comedy Debates: Pizza Edition

Does pineapple have a place on pizza? Are Bagel Bites pizza at all? Join us at the U.S. Pizza Museum to watch and vote as professional comedians debate these and other contentious topping topics in our live taping of the nationally-acclaimed Arguments and Grievances podcast. Featuring celebrity locals including Chad the Bird (The Paper Machete), Julia Weiss, Adam Burke (Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me) and others, this is a comedy event that is NOT to be missed. And it’s FREE! Reserve your seat today and start getting hot and ready to defend your side of these most irreverent pizza arguments of the times.

There will be free pizza from Dimo’s Pizza and pineapple pops from Pretty Cool Ice Cream, while supplies last.

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U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection
1146 S Delano Ct W
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Free Admission w/Online Reservation, 21+
  • Garage Parking (1st 2 hours free w/validation)
  • Doors: 7pm, Event: 7:30pm

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9/29/18 – How to Pizza: All About Sauce

Have you ever thought you could be a pizzaiolo with just a little bit of the right training? Master Instructor at the North American Pizza and Culinary Academy and World Pizza Team member, Leo Spizzirri, will be gracing the U.S. Pizza Museum with his presence for a free evening of tips, tricks, demos, and discussion from one of the only 20 pizza schools worldwide. The North American Pizza and Culinary Academy is here to remind you that the best part about home (pizza) cooking is “you get to eat your work!”

U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection
1146 S Delano Ct W
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Free Admission w/Online Reservation, All ages
  • Garage Parking (1st 2 hours free w/validation)
  • Doors: 7pm, Event: 7:30pm

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9/22/18 – Meet the Author: Pizza City, USA by Steve Dolinsky

Award-winning food reporter Steve Dolinsky will be appearing live at the U.S. Pizza Museum to answer questions and read selections from his recently released book, Pizza City, USA. Dolinsky is known for his “Hungry Hound” segments on ABC 7 Chicago, as an Iron Chef judge, and The Feed Podcast, which he co-produces and hosts with Chicago chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless. Stop by to get your copy of Pizza City, USA signed and take a selfie with this Minnesota native and Chicago legend. There will be free pizza from Lou Malnati’s available, while supplies last

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U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection
1146 S Delano Ct W
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Free Admission w/Online Reservation, All ages
  • Garage Parking (90 minutes free w/validation)
  • Doors: 7pm, Event: 7:30pm

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9/15/18 – Films of the Future: Slice (2018)

The hosts of the Films of the Future podcast are reuniting this September to present the inaugural event of a new collaboration between Films of the Future and the U.S. Pizza Museum! Alan Metoskie (FOX’s The Exorcist) and Kendall Bruns (U.S. Pizza Museum Founder & Director) review films before they see them. For this special live episode, they will be discussing Chance the Rapper’s soon-to-be released Slice, a comedy-horror flick about a werewolf and a pizza restaurant built on a gateway to hell.

U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection
1146 S Delano Ct W
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Free Admission w/Online Reservation, 21+
  • Garage Parking (90 minutes free w/validation)
  • Doors: 7pm, Event: 7:30pm

Pizza Camp 2018: The Final Slice

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Pizza Museum Founder & Director, Kendall Bruns

Presented by the MPLS Pizza Club, Pizza Camp is an all-inclusive immersive pizza party of a lifetime. Registration includes programming, lodging in rustic cabins, 3 meals, snacks, drinks, and a Pizza Camp swag package including a T-shirt, tote Bag, apron, and more. Each ticket includes canoeing, archery, and all camp activities.

Pizza Camp 2018: The Final Slice
Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain, MN
July 7th–8th, 2018


3rd Annual Chicago Pizza Summit

Presented by Old Style beer in conjunction with Empty Bottle Presents

Thalia Hall
1807 South Allport Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Session One: 2–5pm (Sold Out)
Session Two: 6–9pm (Sold Out)


U.S. Pizza Museum’s Pizza Box Art Contest

Visit Paulie Gee’s Logan Square to draw your way to a chance to win free tickets to the sold out 3rd Annual Chicago Pizza Summit presented by Old Style beer and Empty Bottle Presents.

Paulie Gee’s Logan Square
2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Enter contest from 6–8pm
Winners announced at 8:30pm


U.S. Pizza Museum Exhibit at Paulie Gee’s Logan Square

Opening pizza party Friday, November 11, 2016 from 6–8pm
Paulie Gee’s Logan Square, 2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60647

An installation including items from the U.S. Pizza Museum collection will be on display at Paulie Gee’s Logan Square beginning November 11, 2016. The exhibit will be focused on pizza pop culture accented by items highlighting local and national pizzerias.

The exhibit will be celebrated with an opening pizza party on Friday, November 11 with samples of free pizza from Coalfire, Dolce Italian, Paulie Gee’s Logan Square, Piece Pizzeria & BreweryRoberts Pizza Company, Roots PizzaThe Stop Along and other local pizzerias from 6–8pm, while supplies last.


2nd Annual Chicago Pizza Summit

Chop Shop
2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Session One: 2–5pm (Sold Out)
Session Two: 6–9pm (Sold Out)


Taste Talks: Pizza Icons Converge: Stories, History and Pies

October 1, 2016, 4–4:45pm
Morgan’s on Fulton, 950 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607
Presented as part of Taste Talks Chicago

Pizza in the United States is deeply embedded into the nation’s culinary consciousness, from thin crust in New York to wood fired in San Francisco, and of course, no where more fervently than Chicago, from it’s iconic deep-dish to more recent Neapolitan incarnations.

Join U.S. Pizza Museum Founder, Kendall Bruns for a conversation with Dave Bonomi (Coalfire), Derrick Tung (Paulie Gee’s Logan Square), John Munao and Jerry Petrow (Burt’s Place), and Jon Porter (Chicago Pizza Tours) for stories on the lineage and state of Chicago pizza today.


U.S. Pizza Museum Installation at The Whistler

July 18–October 2, 2016
Opening pizza party Wednesday, July 20 from 6pm–1am
The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The U.S. Pizza Museum displays items from its permanent collection in an installation in The Whistler Storefront Gallery in Logan Square from July 18–September 18, 2016. The exhibit focuses on pizza pop culture accented by items representing Logan Square pizzerias.

An opening party on Wednesday, July 20 at 6pm launches the show, with free pizza from Father & Son Restaurant, while supplies last. Chicago rapper and pizza enthusiast, ShowYouSuck, will perform followed by DJ Charlie Coffeen of the band Sidewalk Chalk from 9:30pm–1am.


The Nerdologues Presents: Your Stories “A Slice of Life”

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 8pm
Dimo’s Pizza Six Corners, 1615 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Nerdologues are partnering with the U.S. Pizza Museum to present a live show stuffed full of delicious pizza stories, comedy bits, songs, and more. All that pizza talk will probably work up an appetite that you’ll be able to satisfy by buying some Dimo’s Pizza slices or an entire pie to enjoy while you listen to the free show.

Listen to excerpts from the show here: A Slice of Life