Tuesdays on the Terrace

Music, Jazz Free
5 out of 5 stars
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Tuesdays on the Terrace at the MCA
Photograph: Ashlee Benes Tuesdays on the Terrace at the MCA

Time Out says

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 Katie Ernst, Greg Ward and Tomeka Reid. Attendees can order food à la carte from the outdoor grill, which features tacos, beef tenderloin, lobster rolls and BBQ chicken. Take a look at the complete lineup:

Jun 5: Edwin Daugherty
Jun 12: George Freeman
Jun 19: Bethany Pickens Tribute to Willie Pickens
Jun 26: Alexis Lombre
Jul 3: Dee Alexander
Jul 10: Juli Wood & Caroline Davis
Jul 17: Thaddeus Tukes's Viibez
Jul 24: Fred Anderson Legacy Band featuring Tatsu Aoki
Jul 31: Katie Ernst with Twin Talk
Aug 7: Mwata Bowden
Aug 14: Charles Heath Quartet
Aug 21: Ernest Dawkins
Aug 28: Ari Brown Tribute to Muhal Richard Abrams
Sep 4: Victor Jesus Garcia
Sep 11: Greg Ward
Sep 18: Maggie Brown
Sep 25: Artifacts with Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed


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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.