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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA)

220 East Chicago Avenue

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The MCA is one of the nation’s largest contemporary art museums. It shows works dating from 1945 in media ranging from painting, sculpture and photography to video, film and performance art. It also has a 300-seat theater and a sculpture garden with views of Lake Michigan.

The museum’s permanent collection holds 2,500 works. Recent acquisitions have included Louise Bourgeois’ The She-Fox, Maurizio Cattelan’s Felix, Olafur Eliasson’s Convex/concave, Jenny Holzer’s For Chicago, and Shirin Neshat’s Turbulent.

Special exhibitions draw from its rich holdings. They have included Italian art from 1968 to 2008, Daria Martin’s Minotaur, a Buckminster Fuller showcase, and Don Baum’s In Memoriam.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) Information

  • Public Transportation: Very good (convenient to the Red Line, as well as several Michigan Avenue bus routes)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday
  • Admission: $12 (suggested donation), students with ID and seniors $7 (suggested donation), children 12 and under and members of the military free
  • Free Day: Tuesdays
  • Tours: Free. Join a docent for a tour of the museum’s exhibitions and collection. Starting times vary during the week. Tours last 45 minutes
  • Membership: Individual $60 annually, and includes unlimited free admission, two free guest passes, subscription to the MCA magazine and e-news, invitations to all members’ previews, discounted parking, and up to 20% discounts on workshops and performances. Student and out-of-towner memberships are $30 annually. Membership for seniors (65+) is $40.