Tuesdays on the Terrace

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Tuesdays on the Terrace
Photograph: Ashlee Benes
Tuesdays on the Terrace at the MCA

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 the outdoor grill or pig out at the buffet (it's $27 per person). If it's raining outside, the event moves indoors to the MCA Café.

Jun 7: Pat Mallinger Trio
Jun 14: Matt Ulery Nonet featuring Eighth Blackbird
Jun 21: Josh Berman Trio
Jun 28: Marquis Hill
Jul 5: Tammy McCann with Mike Allemana
Jul 12: James Sanders & Conjúnto
Jul 19: Maggie Brown
Jul 26: Caroline Davis/Rob Clearfield Quartet
Aug 2: Ari Brown
Aug 9: Corey Wilkes
Aug 16: Hear in Now
Aug 23: Mike Reed's People, Places, and Things
Aug 30: Fred Anderson Legacy Band
Sep 6: Corey Wilkes
Sep 13: Juli Wood’s Chicago Calling
Sep 20: The Miyumi Project
Sep 27: Joshua Abrams and Jeff Parker

By: Zach Long


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This is such a lovely way to spend a happy hour with your coworkers or celebrate a birthday! The lawn gets filled pretty quick so come early and snag a spot, bring a picnic or enjoy the snacks and drinks at the bar that is offered. The jazz is always great, and if you don't want to sit outside you can explore the exhibits in the museum as well! 


This is a great way to see the MCA in a way that you never have before. Free every Tuesday for Illinois residents the live jazz on the terrace is a perfect end to a day at the museum. What I found weird about it was that they serve a buffet which is pretty pricey and if you want to see the actual performance you basically have to purchase the buffet to see the entertainment (I guess that makes sense...) If you want to sit on the lawn and enjoy the tunes and some rosé on a blankey with your friends and family it's difficult to hear the music, and you can't see anything but the unattended children throwing rocks at everyone. But why the f am I complaining, it's an experience for sure that you really should check out before the season comes to an end but if you're looking to truly listen and view the entertainment, splurge for the buffet tickets.