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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Art Museum and Art Gallery
Streeterville, Chicago
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  • Chirag P.
    Chirag PatelApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Surprisingly good place to let a 2 year old look at visuals. Audio dial # is great, short synopsis by the curater. Recommend getting a meal or snack on their outdoor patio. Great feel from the arch.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherJune 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I enjoy coming here on Tuesdays when it's lively with the market & free entrance to IL residents. Don't miss the shop, they have an interesting, constantly changing selection.
  • Monique M.
    Monique MathenyDecember 16, 2015
    If you're attending a free lecture, COME EARLY. Went to the lecture series about Kanye West on Wednesday, December 15th and it was overflowing with people, and I was 45 minutes early lol!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Curator-led tours, musicians on the patio, stroller tours and performance nail art are among their recent unique events. Check out their schedule and see what unexpected events you can be a part of. Read more
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has a great collection of exhibits. Given its location, it feels like it's hidden away. Looking for cheap parking nearby can be quite a challenge, though.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PhelpsMay 25, 2013
    A tad out of the way, but has cool exhibits if you like contemporary art. Some of the current exhibits are meant to be interactive, so just ask a museum worker if you're unsure what you can touch.
  • UrbanLux
    UrbanLuxJune 23, 2011
    Every Tuesday's free!. On First Fridays, relax after a long work week. Specialty drinks, Wolfgang puck appetizers, live performances, the only iMac G5 digital dating bar, creation stations, and more.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 29, 2012
    With musicians and dancers performing in the galleries, artists getting bigger shows, and young curators infusing fresh programming ideas, the MCA is doing the most to attract a new audience: you. -LW Read more
  • My N.
    My NguyenMarch 24, 2016
    Small, informative, and fun; has a lot of interesting works by litchenstein, Warhol, and local Chicagoans. Definitely worth a visit !
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 7, 2010
    Krakow has amassed a following large enough for the MCA to feature his work during a month-long exhibit. Stop in this month to browse the exhibit, and check out live performances on Tuesday, May 11th. Read more
    HISTORYApril 6, 2010
    One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time the Museum offers exhibitions of art created since 1945. It boasts a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.
  • Melinda W.
    Melinda WApril 15
    Their cafe is closed because of renovations now but local restaurants come in on Tuesdays. wonderful exhibits. Especially enjoyed Chris Bradley's exhibit this visit.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 4, 2010
    The MCA’s monthly First Fridays event remains a solid spot for mingling year-round, with an in-the-know crowd flocking there in droves no matter what the weather has in store. Read more
  • Shawn C.
    Absolutely brilliant spaces and wonderful curation. Make time to go when you're in Chicago!!
  • Pete I.
    Pete IppelMay 25, 2012
    A must see in downtown. The rotating exhibitions are fantastic. Every show I've seen at MCA has helped me better understand contemporary art.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    With musicians and dancers performing in the galleries, artists getting bigger shows, and young curators infusing fresh programming ideas, the MCA is doing the most to attract a new audience: you.
  • Maureen
    MaureenJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pay what you can afford admission, or check out a pass to visit this museum from Chicago Public Libraries. There's always something worth seeing here.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyOctober 16, 2014
    David Bowie Is exhibit was fantastic. My first visit here and I look forward to a return. Very well run.
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MannAugust 21, 2015
    Tuesday evenings are free for Illinois residents, and while it can get a little busy it's still totally worth it!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰October 10, 2014
    Check out the Bowie exhibit, the only US stop! Worth it it you love any of the Bowies (Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke, even Industrial Bowie...)
  • Bruce
    BruceAugust 13, 2012
    Be sure to see "Altered Refrigerators" in the skyscraper exhibit. A cityscape made of mirror-tiled fridges is not to be missed.
  • Noemí P.
    Noemí PeñaMarch 30, 2016
    Love the building and the artist in residence floor.I would like other museum bet for more emerging artists.
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaApril 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're a fan of the Busy Beaver Button Company, there's a dispenser of artist-designed buttons near coat check on the 2nd floor. Buttons cost $1 - get quarters from front desk.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorAugust 15, 2011
    Love the changing exhibits and always serves for a refreshing break in the hustle and bustle of chicago (by midwest standards) Read more
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezAugust 20, 2015
    On Tuesdays it's open until 8pm and free for Illinois residents. So you should definitely include it in your Tuesday night plans.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonSeptember 19
    Saturday's until October 22, 2017 they are serving delicious Iraqi food as a tie in to Michael Rakowitz's exhibit
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    One of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of the fall season in the US, "David Bowie Is" opens Sep 23! Tickets and more information:
  • CallingAllTypes
    CallingAllTypesAugust 8, 2012
    Party of the Cure, a Friends for the Cure event Tickets are $250 in advance and $275 at the door Saturday, September 15, 2012 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM 220 East Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611 United States
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Some exhibits, like the current "Home Field Play" piece by Alberto Aguilar, are interactive and fun. Read more
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Great collection, great atmosphere. Worth the ticket, take a break from shopping and come here be inspired.
  • Connor K.
    Connor KaseyOctober 25, 2014
    The outdoor Sculpture Gardens were perfect and relaxing on a temperate Autumn afternoon.
  • Fee
    FeeJuly 14
    Not crowded and friendly staff. Spent the time trying to analyze the exhibits.
  • Betony K.
    Betony KellyAugust 22, 2014
    Small but perfectly formed with some interesting collections. Good gift shop too.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 26
    There was one solid exhibit (Merce Cunningham's "Common Time") when I visited, but the collection is too small and the Art Institute is too good to warrant anything more than a "meh" for MCA.
  • Serhii L.
    It's really worth to see but not sure you won't want to kill yourself after watching their movies
  • hab l.
    hab le hibouMay 9, 2013
    This is an artistic performence : Ghourri Android Painting. My Art Gallery; if you want to follow my artwork: or @BSA132
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 20, 2013
    If modern art is your thing, make some time for a walk through Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • The Capital Grille
    The Capital GrilleAugust 7, 2013
    Reserve your table for the live jazz concerts every Tuesday, June 4–September 24 from 5:30 pm–8 pm.
  • Maya J.
    The tickets are suggested donations so make sure you mention how much you want to pay when you're buying tickets!
  • T C.
    T CallahanNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Never had a bad time. Great spot to share with a friend from out of town.
  • Horace W.
    Horace WormelyAugust 31, 2014
    They had a pretty cool exhibit on gender, influenced heavily by Frida Kahlo! I was too early for the David Bowie exhibition. All in all a cool museum.
  • Zach F.
    Zach FelsensteinJune 10, 2015
    The museum shop might be the best place in Chicago to shop for gifts.
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerMarch 8, 2015
    Some contemporary art is useless, but they do a decent job curating out the stuff I could make in my garage
  • Harley A.
    Harley AcresApril 18, 2016
    Cool Magritte, Ernst, Sherman and Darger pieces but rather small and simple in terms of staging.
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca AnneDecember 5, 2016
    Top 2 floors had really eye opening exhibits that made you appreciate our place in the universe
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    Attend First Fridays-a cocktail party surrounded by new art. Buy your tickets online and save $5.
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissDecember 9, 2014
    Contemporary art is just silly. The Bowie exhibit was fantastic, though.
  • Jaunted
    JauntedApril 16, 2010
    BRUNCH BUFFET is the name of the game. Often gets busy on Sundays, so call ahead for reservations. Best way to cram food+art together.
  • Greer G.
    Greer GoingsFebruary 9, 2010
    Enjoy a light summer lunch on the patio of museum restaurant. Best art museum gift shop in town...excellent and hard to find books!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaNovember 6, 2015
    I was here for a conference, the theater downstairs is COLD. Bring a jacket.
  • Steven P.
    Steven ParkerFebruary 4, 2016
    Very nice museum. Pop Art exhibition was excellent.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    Students get reduced prices on MCA Stage tickets and admission. Check out what's coming up on the MCA Stage:
  • Richard B.
    Here at the Museum of Contemporary Art they have and exhibit of the insides of art, a look into the heart of art- the artist's studio. On exhibit until May 30th. Read more
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerMarch 8, 2015
    They do a good job sorting out the stuff I could make in my garage from good art
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago recommends the free alfresco jazz performance- every Tuesday from 5:30-8PM.
  • Fabrice L.
    Fabrice LawsonJuly 30, 2016
    Very nice and creative! Take time to contemplate the art
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyAugust 31, 2016
    Absolutely amazing collection of art at this museum.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AllenSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy jazz concerts and bar and grill during Tuesdays on the Terrace all summer long.
  • Karl N.
    Nice selection of contemporary art.
  • Phillip J.
    Phillip JohnsonFebruary 28, 2013
    The current exhibit - Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962 is a must see. Up till June 2th.
  • Chicago Dancing Festival
    Join us for two performances at the MCA as part of Chicago Dancing Festival 2012! If you check in, use #CDF12! Read more
  • Fiona Q.
    Fiona QJuly 10, 2010
    Calder exhibit is worth a short trip, paired with complimentary exhibit from other comtemporary artists, wasn't disapponted.
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoAugust 9, 2012
    My kids love the Family Fun Saturdays at the Museum. I love that they are learning about art!
  • Bryce J.
    Bryce JensenDecember 2, 2014
    Diverse array of shows. Free days are nice to soak in some culture.
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIAugust 3, 2012
    We're a work of art. You're looking at art. Let's make beautiful art together ;)
  • Matt
    MattSeptember 17, 2015
    Amazing exhibit on AACM through Nov 22
  • 22, 2015
    The most interesting and fun place in Chicago!
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarianoMarch 9, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Free on Tuesdays. During the summer, catch their Tuesdays on the Terrace. Free jazz. Free art. Good shit.
  • Laurie
    LaurieJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    First Fridays are always a fun alternative to bars for meeting singles!
  • Pam
    PamOctober 1, 2014
    David Bowie Is worth a visit.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RyanNovember 30, 2015
    Smaller than I expected. Interesting art if you've never been here though.
  • terry m.
    terry mJuly 18, 2013
    Not to be a hater, but tile from a guy's bathroom is now art?
  • Dima S.
    Dima ShJanuary 4, 2015
    David Bowie is... Great exhibition even if you are not his fun
  • Grant
    GrantJanuary 22, 2013
    Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays, year-round.
  • Jessie B.
    Jessie BarberApril 3, 2010
    They have an amazing gift shop — I could seriously spend so much time (and money) in that place!
  • Topshop
    TopshopJune 19, 2012
    The best way to spend a rainy day in the city.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LJanuary 10, 2012
    Free Tuesdays until 8pm! Look on their website to see who is speaking or performing
  • Alice Graphix
    Alice GraphixSeptember 25, 2011
    Checking out some modern art is always a good way to get your mind going
  • s p.
    s pOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Autoxylopyrocycloboros. Say that 5 times fast.
  • Leticia S.
    Leticia SilvaJanuary 29, 2015
    I love it, plus it's only $7
  • Mamadou B.
    Mamadou BahJanuary 10
    The vibe. My Favorite art museum
  • Laurin B.
    Laurin BelloNovember 2, 2014
    David Bowie is.... Awesome!
  • Sabina K.
    Sabina KajtezovicApril 30, 2016
    Great special exhibits
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.July 31, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 & look @ contemporary art.
  • 99designs
    99designsDecember 2, 2011
    Pretty much my favorite place in Chicago - the Museum of Contemporary Art. - Kaitlyn Ellison, Community Intern
  • Amelia
    AmeliaNovember 21, 2014
    Tuesdays are free for residents--just give your zip code!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 23, 2014
    It was ok; not incredibly impressed. I think I caught it during an off time of renovation.
  • Wynne J.
    Wynne JacobsonMay 8, 2015
    Hey Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenJuly 20, 2015
    Fun physical exhibits which tease your perception.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AkinDecember 20, 2014
    The Dave exhibit
  • Taylor W.
    Taylor WilliamsNovember 24, 2013
    Kids under 12 get in free!
  • Belit R.
    Belit Rodriguez2 weeks ago
    The shop is to die for.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FinkMay 22, 2014
    Small, but great curation.
  • Janelle P.
    Janelle PetersMarch 7, 2015
    Exceptional flamenco workshop... on stage!
  • Juan D.
    Juan DiegoOctober 18, 2016
    Amazing come check it out ;)
  • David
    DavidOctober 7, 2012
    Sometimes I wonder if contemporary art is a joke the artist is playing on the world.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BurkeNovember 26, 2014
    Always something to see at MCA!
  • Micah P.
    Micah PfeifferApril 13, 2016
    Everything is awesome here.
  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa LilakAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuesdays are free for Illinois residents
  • Mary D.
    Mary DonahueOctober 16, 2014
    David Bowie exhibit awesome
  • Mia W.
    Mia WicklundDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    MCA has a Groupon deal going today, Dec 2. See a staff member by the box office.
  • Helaine K.
    Helaine Katz-RatskoffDecember 24, 2014
    David Bowie is awesome
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Free Museum Days - Best Free Activities according to
  • brian d.
    brian di giorgiJuly 23, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The chef they have there is awesome
  • Michael T.
    Michael T.December 22, 2013
    Taiko Legacy 10!!!
  • ShopTRACY B.
    ShopTRACY BURTONAugust 25, 2010
    Never shop best place for gifts!
  • Joellen B.
    Joellen BurgerApril 1, 2015
    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Check out Freebie, its awesome! Read more
  • Alison
    AlisonSeptember 3, 2010
    The Calder exhibit is pretty awesome - come check it out.
  • Mia W.
    Mia WicklundAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a massage by Equinox on the first floor!
  • John M.
    John MillsOctober 9, 2016
    Good for an afternoon visit
  • Svrvh
    SvrvhDecember 17, 2010
    An excellent space for dance parties.
  • Mia W.
    Mia WicklundFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Leave a message for someone special at the post office of love.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BeresFebruary 10, 2010
    Lunch at the Cafe is fun and their event staff is great! Get ready for Summer Lovin' 2010.
  • Joellen B.
    Joellen BurgerMarch 26, 2015
    Hey Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, join Freebie! Read more
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonOctober 18, 2014
    See David Bowie Is while it's still here.
  • Joanie J.
    Joanie JonesOctober 1, 2014
    Seeing David Bowie Is!!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StephensMay 31, 2011
    Go in the womens' bathroom to hear all the bird calls!
  • Dora L.
    Dora LewisJuly 11, 2014
    Tursdays r free....enjoy!
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonJuly 23, 2015
    Cindy Sherman. Yes.
  • Harriet B.
    Harriet BSeptember 12, 2014
    enjoyed the cafe too
  • Jay G.
    Jay GeneskeDecember 30, 2009
    Love this place. Be sure to browse gift shop.
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TakacsNovember 8, 2014
    David Bowie Is...exhibit
  • Alexander B.
    Favorite museum it he world
  • Joey D.
    Joey DApril 28
  • Justin N.
    Justin NicholsApril 1, 2012
    Wasn't a big fan of the 80s exhibit.
  • Stacy D.
    Stacy DexterMarch 24, 2010
    Love the Family Days activities on the 2nd Saturday every month. Read more
  • Lee M.
    Lee MayNovember 17, 2010
    Luc Tuyman's work is a must see!
  • Gregory R.
    Gregory RaySeptember 26, 2014
    David Bowie- part l with Denise Doherty!
  • Ann S.
    Ann SinfieldApril 14, 2012
    Membership is good.
  • Jan P.
    Jan PaucApril 30, 2014
    Better than Louisville but..
  • Colton S.
    Colton Staab3 weeks ago
    Pretty mediocre. Just go to the Art Institute
  • Pam B.
    Pam BrunsonSeptember 27, 2011
    New chef at Puck's!
  • Liz W.
    Liz WalkerMay 29, 2010
    Check out the Northwestern professor's art in the lobby, and always watch the videos!
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FreemanJuly 24, 2010
    Bloody Mary is bloody fantastic!
  • Roberto F.
    Roberto FloresMarch 19, 2011
    Columbia students get in free!
  • Designkitchen
    DesignkitchenMarch 23, 2010
    Engaging exhibits, unique experience.
  • Jé
    May 11, 2011
    Free on tuesdays!
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaMay 7, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    hit the gift shop for souvenirs. Best museum gift shop in the city
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlApril 26, 2011
    Nuff said.
  • Caitlin M.
    Caitlin McKeighenFebruary 2, 2010
    Tuesdays are FREE while they're changing exhibits!
  • AP d.
    AP du PlessisNovember 2, 2013
    Pretty terrible museum
  • Caitlyn E.
    Caitlyn EakinsSeptember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Free every tuesday!!
  • Greg
    GregDecember 29, 2009
    Military ID gets you in for free!
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HelenaJanuary 5, 2010
    Free admission tonight from 5-8pm
  • Morad R.
    Morad RayyanJuly 27, 2009
    Wife got me stuck there for 3 hours, but totally worth it.
  • patton
    pattonJanuary 24, 2012
    this place is fucking awful. don't waste your twelve dollars.
  • Henrique R.
    Henrique RangelJune 25, 2014
    Exposições muito boas, Frida Kahlo rolando em Junho e Julho. Não deixe de ir no jardim aos fundos, jazz ao vivo e uma área verde pra dar uma respirada.
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CostaOctober 1, 2016
    O museu é pequeno, mas com uma ótima qualidade nas exposições. Indicado para quem gosta de arte moderna. E, tem um lindo jardim
  • Juan
    JuanMarch 9, 2016
    Très beau musée. Plusieurs expositions variées. Se visite rapidement (1 à 2 heures).
  • Ana T.
    Ana TretoSeptember 30, 2015
    La tienda del museo tiene dos pisos de mucho diseño y arte 👌🏼
  • Vincent B.
    Vincent BoucherMay 8, 2014
    Un musée remarquable. Superbe collection.
  • Fer C.
    Fer CSeptember 8, 2014
    Te dan descuento con credencial de estudiante aun cuando no es de EUA.
  • Astrid G.
    Astrid GuerraMarch 11, 2015
    No se si vale mucho la pena si no vas por una exposición que llame tu atención
  • Manuel M.
    Manuel MillaresSeptember 27, 2015
    Cualquier cosa aquí le llaman arte. No vale la pena.
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