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||Contact:|
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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"Chicago Works: Paul Heyer"
The latest exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art's Chicago Works series highlights the work of local artist Paul Heyer, who presents a selection of paintings and sculptures inspired by LGBTQ club culture. Pastel hues and surreal imagery accompanied...Contemporary art Until Sunday July 1 2018
The Museum of Contemporary Art explores the West Coast minimalism movement of the ‘60s, featuring art that was influenced by surfing, car culture and the region's relentlessly pleasant weather. "Endless Summer" embraces simple forms and glossy designs,...Contemporary art Until Sunday August 5 2018
“Otobong Nkanga: To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again”
In her first U.S. exhibition, Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga uses drawings and tapestries to explore the mining industry in Africa and the ways in which the harvested raw materials are used throughout the world. Adorned with shimmering embellishments...Contemporary art Until Sunday September 9 2018
“Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography”
Chicago-based photographer Kenneth Josephson’s conceptual images push the boundaries of the medium, using carefully-planned collages and pictures of pictures to create surreal works that toy with the viewer’s perception of space and time. The MCA will...Photography Until Sunday December 30 2018
“I Was Raised on the Internet”
The internet changed everything and the latest show at the MCA attempts to reckon with the technology's repercussions on communication, culture and expression. Artists from all across the world consider the ways in which the advent of the internet has...Contemporary art Saturday June 23 2018 - Sunday October 14 2018
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Each Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a free concert in its Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden—admission to the museum is also free for Illinois residents. The lineup is stacked with notable performers from the Chicago jazz community, including...Jazz Tuesday June 26 2018 - Tuesday September 25 2018 Free
Things to do
Whether you're bilingual or simply brushing up on your Spanish-speaking skills, take advantage of Segunda Semana at the MCA. The monthly program runs on the second Tuesday of the month and is free with admission (Psst! Illinois residents always enjoy...Tuesday July 10 2018
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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!
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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.