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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Art Museum and Art Gallery
Streeterville, Chicago
145 Tips and reviews
  • museums
  • outdoor seating
  • jazz music
  • exhibits
  • free admission
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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 5+ 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraNovember 30, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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.
  • 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
  • My N.
    My NguyenMarch 24
    Small, informative, and fun; has a lot of interesting works by litchenstein, Warhol, and local Chicagoans. Definitely worth a 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
    Love the building and the artist in residence floor.I would like other museum bet for more emerging artists.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Some exhibits, like the current "Home Field Play" piece by Alberto Aguilar, are interactive and fun. 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.
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Great collection, great atmosphere. Worth the ticket, take a break from shopping and come here be inspired.
  • Travelzoo
    TravelzooNovember 2, 2015
    #Travelzoo Deal: For $9 (reg. $12), get admission for one person to the museum. Make sure to take advantage of the free daily tours. Purchase by: 6/22/16 Read more
  • Connor K.
    Connor KaseyOctober 25, 2014
    The outdoor Sculpture Gardens were perfect and relaxing on a temperate Autumn afternoon.
  • Betony K.
    Betony KellyAugust 22, 2014
    Small but perfectly formed with some interesting collections. Good gift shop too.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    Attend First Fridays-a cocktail party surrounded by new art. Buy your tickets online and save $5.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 20, 2013
    If modern art is your thing, make some time for a walk through Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • T C.
    T CallahanNovember 20, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • Zach F.
    Zach FelsensteinJune 10, 2015
    The museum shop might be the best place in Chicago to shop for gifts.
  • Harley A.
    Harley AcresApril 18
    Cool Magritte, Ernst, Sherman and Darger pieces but rather small and simple in terms of staging.
  • 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!
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissDecember 9, 2014
    Contemporary art is just silly. The Bowie exhibit was fantastic, though.
  • 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:
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago recommends the free alfresco jazz performance- every Tuesday from 5:30-8PM.
  • 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.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaNovember 6, 2015
    I was here for a conference, the theater downstairs is COLD. Bring a jacket.
  • 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
  • Steven P.
    Steven ParkerFebruary 4
    Very nice museum. Pop Art exhibition was excellent.
  • Fiona Q.
    Fiona QJuly 10, 2010
    Calder exhibit is worth a short trip, paired with complimentary exhibit from other comtemporary artists, wasn't disapponted.
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerMarch 8, 2015
    They do a good job sorting out the stuff I could make in my garage from good art
  • 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
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