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Museum of Contemporary Art

Museums, Art and design Streeterville
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Photograph: Callie Lipkin Photography, Inc.

The Museum of Contemporary Art houses one of the largest collections of contemporary works in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits, displaying work by the likes of Doris Salcedo, Simon Starling and Daniel Clowes. The museum's regular Chicago Works series presents works by local artists, showcasing rising talent and hosting workshops and discussion. The museum recently opened an adventurous new in-house restaurant, Marisol, helmed by Lula Cafe chef Jason Hammel. 


Venue name: Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 220 E Chicago Ave

Cross street: at Mies van der Rohe Way
Opening hours: 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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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday July 7 2019
  • Contemporary art Until Sunday October 27 2019
  • Design Until Sunday September 22 2019
  • Late openings Saturday June 29 2019

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If you enjoy modern art then this is a must. The museum is fairly small so you can easily see everything in a couple of hours or less. watch out for some amazing events and exhibitions though like the upcoming Murakami exhibit! The museum has some interesting installations that are unique and interactive. Plus, admission fee is pretty affordable. As always, Tuesdays are free for Illinois residents.


Check our Tuesdays on the Terrace where they have live jazz music and drinks outside. It starts in Jun and goes on through summer. The museum itself is excellent and can be conquered in an afternoon. 

Young or old this museum has something to offer for everyone. Fascinating exhibits no matter what time of year you go. From Warhol to Kerry Marshall you'll find pieces of work that inspire, awake, and excite you. I go every few months, and each time I am amazing at the things I find inside. The insider tip is to go on Tuesday evenings when the museum is free for residents. They also have free jazz concert on Tuesday night where you can sit under the Hancock building and see out over the water. So check out this museum and all it has to offer, including an amazing gift so check out this museum and all it has to offer, including a wallet draining gift shop!

I would like to enter this photograph in Time Out Chicago's photo contest.

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. 


I've been to this museum twice now. I absolutely love the pieces throughout the museum. However, I went for their MCA after dark event that was sold out. I wouldn't recommend going on one of these nights if it's sold out. It's hard to see the art, the drinks are expensive, and it's way too packed. It's hard to even walk around the museum.  

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.