Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art Theater
Housing of one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation, the Museum of Contemporary Art also hosts major touring exhibits, film screenings and performing artists. When they're not browsing the extensive galleries, visitors can grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant or take a stroll through a picturesque sculpture garden. Don't forget to exit through the gift shop—it boasts one of the city's best selections of offbeat tchotchkes.
|Venue name:||Museum of Contemporary Art||Contact:|
220 E Chicago Ave
|Cross street:||at Mies van der Rohe Way|
|Opening hours:||Closed Mon; Tue 10am–8pm; Wed–Sun 10am–5pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Chicago. Bus: 3, 10, 26, 66.|
|Price:||$12 suggested admission, seniors and students $7, kids under 12 free. Tuesdays free for Illinois residents|
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"Above, Before & After"
A painter may insist on hanging their canvases on a gallery wall, but some artists prefer to blur the line between their work and the environment in which it is presented. In "Above, Before & After," the MCA assembles a collection of two- and three-dimensional...Contemporary art Tuesday August 30 2016 - Sunday June 18 2017Read more
"Chicago Works: Andrew Yang"
The MCA's Chicago Works series presents the debut solo exhibition of Andrew Yang, a biologist-turned-artist who currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute. Yang's work explores the expansive nature of the universe through a scale model the Milky...Contemporary art Tuesday August 30 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017Read more
"Kerry James Marshall: Mastry"
As an African American man who was born in Alabama before the passage of the Civil Rights Act and witnessed the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Kerry James Marshall is acutely aware of what it means to be black in America. His paintings confront race head-on,...Painting Tuesday August 30 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016Read more
"The Propeller Group"
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the team of artists that make up the Propeller Group specialize in video projects that explore subjects ranging from Vietnamese history to the tools of international war. The MCA's exhibition includes several multi-part...Film and video Tuesday August 30 2016 - Sunday November 13 2016Read more
Examining the relationship between photographers and their subjects, "Witness" probes the various ways in which the circumstances surrounding the capturing of an image can define its message. Beginning with Walker Evans' vernacular photos from the 1940s and...Photography Tuesday August 30 2016 - Sunday February 19 2017Read more
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Each Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a free concert in its Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden. The lineup features performers from the Chicago jazz community, including Mike Reed and Joshua Abrams. Attendees can order food à la carte from...Jazz Tuesday August 30 2016 - Tuesday September 27 2016 FreeRead more
Things to do
The MacArthur Foundation presents: "Nowhere To Run" at the MCA
The MacArthur Foundation is hosting a special screening of Nowhere to Run, which explores the effects of climate change, unchecked environmental degradation on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic climates. The event will also include a conversation...Film events Wednesday August 31 2016Read more
"Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination"
A pioneer of immersive video installations, Diana Thater's colorful films splash across gallery walls, filling rooms with vivid imagery. "The Sympathetic Imagination" includes works that depicts wildlife surrounding Chernobyl, dolphins frolicking underwater...Film and video Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017Read more
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This photograph was taken on April 26th 2015. My nine year old daughter wanted to spend the day downtown with me. We went to several places and took many pictures. This one we agreed was our favorite. My daughter said it was the best day of her life and asked if we could do this every year on the same day. It was then that "Daddy Daughter Day" became our yearly tradition.
Who doesn't love the MCA? It's full of beautiful, vibrant, modern art in countless rooms that are easy to get around. There's a great sculpture garden you can hang out in on sunny days, too.
The MCA is one of the best museums in Chicago; it's beautifully designed, easy to navigate, & excellently curated. This museum displays everything from classic modern art pieces by Andy Warhol to works by current working & local artist. They have a stellar sculpture garden & terrace that allows visitors to interact with works. It's a fantastic museum & a must see.
Thi s is one of my favorite museums in the entire world. It's the perfect size: manageable if you only have an hour, but filled with such well-curated exhibits that you could easily spend half a day inside. The architecture itself is a wonder, with suspended, spiraling steps and a precipitous drop four stories to a bright, glassy koi pond. My favorite thing about this museum is its dedication to interactive art—every time I come there's a piece I can touch, walk through, climb into or otherwise participate with. It was one of the first places I experienced that, and it's been integral in my love of art ever since.