The newly reimagined space offers a perfect equation of rotating menu items, seasonal local offerings, and more

CHICAGO, Ill., – Sodexo Live!, hospitality partner to the world’s most iconic venues, including the Museum of Science and Industry, has formally announced the opening of Museum Kitchen, an expansive new food court located on the lower level of the museum.  

The state-of-the-art kitchen and vibrant new dining area expands museum guests’ options–from kids dishes to heartier meals–with fresh ingredients sourced from area and minority-owned suppliers whenever possible. Museum Kitchen’s new stations include:

  • Harvest Handcrafted Sandwiches: Find fresh sandwiches constructed with housemade bread, and premium meats and cheeses, displayed Euro Deli-style, as well as salads, such as panzanella and apple pecan.  
  • Market Bar: Museum Kitchen’s home for rotating cuisine! Currently on the opening menu: Ramen, rice noodles, soba cucumber salad, veggie potstickers and steamed dumplings. 
  • Crust Artisan Pizza: Enjoy homemade pizza, calzones, pasta and more. A window allows guests to sneak a peek at the bakers as they prep breads and pizzas, and frost desserts!
  • Farmstead Chicken & Burgers: Dig into made-to-order favorites like housemade angus burgers, turkey burgers, vegan black bean burgers and a variety of grilled and fried chicken options.   

Visitors can also enjoy a real taste of Chicago with area favorites Stan’s Donuts, which also offers local Big Shoulders coffee, located right outside Museum Kitchen.

“We’re thrilled to work with our longtime partner Sodexo Live! to bring this new level of dining to guests with the opening of Museum Kitchen,” said Brad Schiever, AVP Guest Engagement and Business Services, Museum of Science and Industry. “They’ve curated a great menu of their own creative dishes with some local Chicago favorites that will give guests the opportunity to try something new with each visit.”

The kitchen, serving station and dining area feature energy efficient technology and support sustainable practices with both compostable and reusable serve ware available, and dining tables made from recycled car engine parts.

“There’s nothing quite like spending a day exploring the museum, and through Museum Kitchen’s opening we’re elevating visits by bringing a variety of new offerings to the table to create a well-rounded experience,” said Mateus De Campos, District Manager, Sodexo Live!. “In a city like Chicago that’s so acclaimed for its food, incorporating local suppliers and partners into both our catering and daily menus is a great way to ensure an exciting time for families and all visitors who come spend a day with us.” 

Just steps from Lake Michigan and minutes from downtown Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry also serves as a stunning backdrop for life’s greatest events and celebrations, with curated menus and best-in-class hospitality also provided by the Sodexo Live! team. 

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About the Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its education initiatives, the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Come visit and find your inspisration! The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit or call (773) 684-1414.

About Sodexo Live!
Sodexo Live! manages prestigious conference, cultural, and sporting venues and major events all over the world. With 40,000 employees and 500 sites, Sodexo Live! offers clients a range of bespoke catering, sales, and event management services, helping to transform the consumer experience into unforgettable memories. Sodexo Live! commits to unlocking customers’ full potential while favoring local communities. Sodexo Live! contributes to the success of prestigious events such as Royal Ascot, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and soon the Paris 2024 Games, and showcases exceptional venues such as the Eiffel Tower Restaurants, Bateaux Parisiens, Yachts de Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hard Rock Stadium, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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