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I Love Pizza

U.S. Pizza Museum Exhibit at the Niles Public Library District

February 1–March 31
Franklin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Learn about the history of pizza in Chicago and beyond. The exhibition will explain what defines Chicago pizza styles and how they relate to regional styles throughout the United States. New and vintage items from the U.S. Pizza Museum collection will bring the stories to life.



I LOVE PIZZA Kickoff Event

Fri., Feb. 3, 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for the official kickoff event to celebrate the I LOVE PIZZA exhibit. The first 200 people in line will enjoy pizza provided by Home Run Inn. All ages welcome.


Pizza Box Art Contest

Feb. 4–Feb. 28, 2017

Grades 5-12 are invited to trade a pizza box for a canvas and create a unique design using paint, craft materials, fabric, or recycled materials. Pick up a pizza box in the Teen Underground or KidSpace starting February 4. Bring back the pizza box by February 28 and it may be on display in March. Prizes include a $50 Graziano’s gift card. Top 3 winners announced on March 3.


The History of Pizza

Thurs., Feb. 9, 7-8:15pm

In honor of National Pizza Day, join U.S. Pizza Museum Founder, Kendall Bruns for a conversation about the history of pizza in Chicago and beyond.


Pizza Dough Making

Sat., Feb. 18, 11am-12pm

Paulie Gee’s Logan Square Owner, Derrick Tung for an interactive demonstration of how to make pizza dough.


Bedtime Pizza Math

Wed., Feb. 22, 7-7:45pm

Ages 4 and up are invited come and play with pizza fractions!


Pizza Snack Food Taste-off

Sat., Mar. 4, 12-4pm

Venture outside the box of thin, thick, or pan pizza. The Niles Teen Advisory Board will host a Pizza Snack Food Taste-off in the Commons area. Judge if these snacks really taste like pizza!


Explore Southern Italy

Mon., Mar. 6, 7-8:30pm

Join avid European wanderer Ralph Danielsen on a journey to beautiful Southern Italy, which includes Naples, birthplace of the Pizza Pie. This travelogue will take us from Adriatic fishing towns to the gorgeous Amalfi coast, animated Napoli to charming Capri, perfect beach resorts to mighty Vesuvius guarding her kill, and ancient Greek temples to igloos built of stone.


Pizza Pi Day!

Tues., Mar. 14, 4-4:45pm

Grades K-4

Pi, π, is the circumference of a circle whose diameter is 1. It is a magical number with many real life uses. We will be celebrating Pi, 3.14, on 3/14. Make bracelets using Pi code, solve puzzles, and have a slice of Pizza Pi! Caregivers need to stay in the room with children through grade 2.


Senior Coffee Hour: The History of Pizza

Wed., Mar. 22, 10:30-11:30am

Join us for a special Senior Coffee Hour about the history of pizza in Chicago and beyond with U.S. Pizza Museum Founder, Kendall Bruns.

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About the U.S. Pizza Museum

Founded in 2015 by Kendall Bruns, 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. The collection made its public physical debut at the Chicago Pizza Summit at 1st Ward in Chop Shop on April 3, 2016. Since the U.S. Pizza Museum does not currently have a permanent physical home, it showcases select items from its collection online at and in pop-up exhibitions.