hicago is soon to be the home of a U.S. Pizza Museum. And thus began a battle between New York and the Windy City; a debate between thin crust and deep dish; a fundamental struggle of right versus also right.
The Chicago Tribune reports the museum will open Friday in Chicago’s South Loop at the Roosevelt Collection, and will stay open through October at the earliest. Its founder says the 3,000-square-foot museum will feature a curated collection of pizza memorabilia like boxes, menus, and toys that track the rise of pizza-making in the United States. Technically, the museum has been around since 2015, but mainly online and in pop-ups.
Admission to the museum is free, though you need to reserve a spaceahead of time. And fair warning: There’s no pizza restaurant in the museum. However, there’s a Lou Malnati’s just blocks away. Go there.
Because pizza is a very touchy subject among its acolytes, the interwebs got angry that Chicago, the home of casserole-crusted ‘za, should claim the U.S. Pizza Museum and not New York, where dollar slices of thin crust rule the sidewalks.