Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago The MCA Chicago is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists.
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One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. MCA Chicago documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

Mission: The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time. The museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite, challenge, and illuminate our visitors and offer insight into the creative process. The MCA engages diverse audiences and creates a sense of community by providing a place to contemplate and discuss contemporary art and culture and issues of our day.

Happy 2020! The MCA Chicago is proud to be part of our city's grid. Keep your resolution to shop local -- at the MCA Sto...
01/04/2020

Happy 2020! The MCA Chicago is proud to be part of our city's grid. Keep your resolution to shop local -- at the MCA Store, your purchase supports the museum's exhibitions and programs. Show your Chicago pride with an MCA-exclusive Chicago water bottle or CTA-inspired wearables. Shop Chicago at the MCA Store online: http://bit.ly/2L3W3Lp

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to go vegetarian? Chicago magazine calls the veggie burger at Marisol Chicago as "d...
01/03/2020
Why Illinois Will Rule the Meatless Future

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to go vegetarian? Chicago magazine calls the veggie burger at Marisol Chicago as "destination-worthy as any exhibition upstairs at the MCA."

Make a reservation: http://bit.ly/MarisolMCA

From innovations in plant-based protein to soy market dominance, Illinois is poised to feed America’s increasingly vegan diet.

Hyperallergic has named the MCA's "Kerry James Marshall: Mastry" one of the Best Art Shows of the Decade!What was your f...
01/02/2020
The Best Art Shows of the Decade

Hyperallergic has named the MCA's "Kerry James Marshall: Mastry" one of the Best Art Shows of the Decade!

What was your favorite art show this past decade?

As we round out the decade and look toward 2020, Hyperallergic’s editorial staff took into consideration the decade-defining art shows that have shaped the past 10 years for their scope, impact, and talent.

Happy New Year - and New Decade! The MCA is closed today, but we're reminiscing over our favorite art moments of the 201...
01/01/2020
Best of the 2010s in Chicago’s visual arts, museums scenes

Happy New Year - and New Decade! The MCA is closed today, but we're reminiscing over our favorite art moments of the 2010s according to The Chicago Sun-Times, including "David Bowie Is" and "Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats His Own Leg."

From pop culture legend exhibitions to icons of the art world retrospectives, the past decade in Chicago’s visual arts/museum scene was one of the most eclectic.

We're proud to have been featured in this American Alliance of Museums article on "The Best Museum #GivingTuesday Campai...
12/31/2019
The Best Museum #GivingTuesday Campaigns of 2019

We're proud to have been featured in this American Alliance of Museums article on "The Best Museum #GivingTuesday Campaigns of 2019!"

Today is the last day you can contribute to our Annual Fund. Donate here: bit.ly/2nheK2D

GivingTuesday is a “global generosity movement” originally founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Every year, the Tuesday after T…

New Year's Resolution: Bring your whole self to work! Check out Director of Curatorial Strategy Claire Ruud's advice in ...
12/30/2019
Bring Your Whole Self to Work

New Year's Resolution: Bring your whole self to work!

Check out Director of Curatorial Strategy Claire Ruud's advice in a guest post on the Forté Foundation blog.

When people feel comfortable bringing their whole selves, they contribute more to the work.

However you celebrate the New Year, the MCA Store is ready to party with you! Whether your style of entertaining is slee...
12/29/2019

However you celebrate the New Year, the MCA Store is ready to party with you! Whether your style of entertaining is sleek and shiny or comfy-cozy, we'll bring the unexpected! Shop party time at the MCA Store online: http://bit.ly/2SymA5Y

Check out photos and other highlights from this year's record-breaking Art Auction in the Chicago Tribune!
12/26/2019
MCA’s record breaking night of art — and style

Check out photos and other highlights from this year's record-breaking Art Auction in the Chicago Tribune!

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Benefit Art Auction is one of Chicago’s most anticipated galas.

12/24/2019

Happy holidays! The MCA is open today until 5 pm, and like every Tuesday, free for Illinois residents!

More holiday hours: http://bit.ly/VisitTheMCA

Congratulations to all the artists named to Artsy's list of The Most Influential Artists of 2019, including Doris Salced...
12/22/2019
The Most Influential Artists of 2019

Congratulations to all the artists named to Artsy's list of The Most Influential Artists of 2019, including Doris Salcedo, Michael Rakowitz, Kara Walker, and Jeff Koons!

From Kara Walker to Hilma af Klint, 2019’s most influential artists drove massive crowds to museums, incited heated debates, and spurred Instagram sensations.

Happy Solstice! On the longest nights of the year, everyone could use a little illumination. Get glowing with our MIffy ...
12/22/2019

Happy Solstice! On the longest nights of the year, everyone could use a little illumination. Get glowing with our MIffy Lamp! The MCA Store also has iconic Miffy banks and books, sure to bring light to the eyes of design-lovers at any age. Shop Miffy and more: http://bit.ly/392CT0w

"I always see myself as a community organizer because I feel like my work is really dependent on representing all the pe...
12/20/2019
Meet the next wave of DJs shaking up Chicago's storied music scene

"I always see myself as a community organizer because I feel like my work is really dependent on representing all the people around me that aren’t getting that in other spaces."

DJ Ariel Zetina plays Soundtrack: Ariel Zetina tonight at 6 pm, transforming your MCA experience with music inspired by works on view.

i-D talked to the DJs breaking down barriers in the industry, normalizing gender equality, and asserting their presence in shaping Chicago’s DJ culture.

"Admission for under 18 is always free, so a membership is great for families who know the adults want to spend as much ...
12/19/2019
10 Chicago museum memberships that make the perfect gift

"Admission for under 18 is always free, so a membership is great for families who know the adults want to spend as much time as the kiddos at the museum."

The MCA is one of Chicago Parent's museum memberships that make the perfect gift! Gift a membership to your friends or family: http://bit.ly/2ttJVLw

Enjoy your favorite museums all year long!

Blast Off with astrally-amazing space-age gifts! MCA members receive free gift wrap and free standard shipping through D...
12/18/2019

Blast Off with astrally-amazing space-age gifts! MCA members receive free gift wrap and free standard shipping through December 24th. Feel good about each present purchased because it gives twice; all profits support the MCA's exhibitions and programs. Shop the Future at the MCA Store in person or online: http://bit.ly/38QUbxA

In Progress: Darling Shear is tonight! Check out this profile in the Chicago Reader on Shear's piece "Querida," which co...
12/17/2019
Darling Shear is ready to fly

In Progress: Darling Shear is tonight! Check out this profile in the Chicago Reader on Shear's piece "Querida," which continues to evolve with tonight's performance.

The artist’s piece Querida is a personal performance presenting sexuality, sensuality, and healing from trauma.

Need a last minute gift idea for the art lover in your life? Check out the ARTnews list of the Best Art Books of the Dec...
12/16/2019
The Best Art Books of the Decade

Need a last minute gift idea for the art lover in your life? Check out the ARTnews list of the Best Art Books of the Decade!

Some of the selections are available in the MCA Store. Shop here: http://bit.ly/2RLp1BL

These are the tomes that defined the art world between 2010 and 2019.

Congratulations to Lawrence Abu Hamdan on winning the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award, an award for rising visual artists un...
12/15/2019
Turner Prize Winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan Receives 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award

Congratulations to Lawrence Abu Hamdan on winning the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award, an award for rising visual artists under 40 years old.

Earlier this year, he participated in a screening and discussion of his work at the MCA.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, one of the four winners of this year’s Turner Prize, has won the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award. The biennial award is given to emerging visual artists, no older than forty years of age, who have demonstrated exceptional talent within the last five years. Abu Hamdan will receive ...

Feel good about each gift purchased at the MCA Store, because each gift gives twice: All profits support the MCA's exhib...
12/14/2019

Feel good about each gift purchased at the MCA Store, because each gift gives twice: All profits support the MCA's exhibitions and programs! Check us out for cheery and delightful gifts, plus free gift wrap through December 24th! Members receive 10% off and free ground shipping on orders over $20: http://bit.ly/2XPLBKo

“  . . . a new museum is called for to satisfy public need. In another an no less real sense, it is called for to stimul...
12/12/2019
Franz Schulze, art critic, educator and biographer of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, dies at 92

“ . . . a new museum is called for to satisfy public need. In another an no less real sense, it is called for to stimulate public awareness—and not just among lay people; within the art community as well.” - Franz Schulze on the MCA upon its opening.

RIP to Franz Schulze, an esteemed art critic and educator who reviewed many of the MCA's first exhibitions and contributed to many of our first catalogues.

Franz Schulze, a prolific Chicago art critic and educator who chronicled the lives and work of two of the 20th Century’s most consequential architects, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, died Monday at 92

Tonight, join a panel on "Artists and Economies," that will consider the economies and financial structures that support...
12/11/2019
For Artists, the Thrill of Grant Money Arrives With a ‘Now What’?

Tonight, join a panel on "Artists and Economies," that will consider the economies and financial structures that support artistic practice.

The panel includes Deana Haggag, the president of United States Artists, an "organization, based in Chicago, [that] gives unrestricted grants of $50,000 to up to 50 artists every year."

Tonight, 6 pm. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/2lsGLEc

Receiving big money is rare for many artists, and it often prompts questions. So some groups provide financial counseling with their awards.

ARTnews named "Love is the Message, the Message is Death," the video work by Arthur Jafa, the most important artwork of ...
12/08/2019
The Most Important Artworks of the 2010s

ARTnews named "Love is the Message, the Message is Death," the video work by Arthur Jafa, the most important artwork of the past decade. Check out the full list of artworks, including Kerry James Marshall and "Grosse Fatigue."

"Love is the Message, the Message is Death" was shown at the MCA this past year in "Prisoner of Love." Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EE4WY5

The editors of ARTnews pick the defining artworks of the past 10 years, from Christian Marclay to Kara Walker.

Feel good about each gift purchased at the MCA Store, because each gift gives twice: All profits support the MCA's exhib...
12/07/2019

Feel good about each gift purchased at the MCA Store, because each gift gives twice: All profits support the MCA's exhibitions and programs! Give sleek and elegant presents, with free ground shipping over $20 for members, and free gift wrap through December 24th: http://bit.ly/2Rnum1K

Did you miss Unwrapped, our first-ever holiday artist showcase? Check out pictures from the event in Architectural Diges...
12/06/2019
Museum of Contemporary Art’s Unwrapped Market Drew a Packed Crowd

Did you miss Unwrapped, our first-ever holiday artist showcase? Check out pictures from the event in Architectural Digest, including a photo of a giant gingerbread replica MCA decorated by families!

Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors this weekend to showcase shoppable work by local makers

Coming to the MCA Store on Saturday, December 7th, a pup-up from @sirdogwood, a Chicago-based curator of the most fetchi...
12/05/2019

Coming to the MCA Store on Saturday, December 7th, a pup-up from @sirdogwood, a Chicago-based curator of the most fetching, high-quality canine clothing! Shop for your perfect pooch in-store or check out our paw-some selection of dog gifts online: http://bit.ly/33TsZum

Congratulations to all the artists selected for the Liverpool Biennial, including past MCA featured artists Judy Chicago...
12/05/2019
Liverpool Biennial Reveals Theme and Participating Artists for Eleventh Edition

Congratulations to all the artists selected for the Liverpool Biennial, including past MCA featured artists Judy Chicago and Rashid Johnson, plus Ligia Lewis, who will bring Ligia Lewis, Water Will (in Melody) to the MCA in January!

Tickets are on sale now! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2XadSuK

The Liverpool Biennial announced today that the theme of its eleventh edition, “The Stomach and the Port,” will be the body and how it connects to its surroundings, the port city, and the rest of the world. Curated by Manuela Moscoso and biennial director Fatoş Üstek, the exhibition will inc...

“David gave artists—and not just black artists—a new way of imagining what an art practice could be.” - Naomi Beckwith, ...
12/04/2019
David Hammons Follows His Own Rules

“David gave artists—and not just black artists—a new way of imagining what an art practice could be.” - Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA

Check out this profile on artist David Hammons in The New Yorker! His piece "Praying to Safety" is part of the MCA Collection.

By eluding the art world, Hammons has conquered it.

It's Cyber Monday at the MCA Store, where your gift gives twice: All profits support the MCA's exhibitions and programs!...
12/02/2019

It's Cyber Monday at the MCA Store, where your gift gives twice: All profits support the MCA's exhibitions and programs! Give creative and cozy goodies, from the store USA Today called one of the "10 Best Places to Shop for Holiday Gifts in Chicago." Free standard shipping today only and free gift wrap through December 24th: http://bit.ly/35GrLnv

Read more about the enormous economic impact that Chicago's storefront theaters have in this Chicago Tribune piece.The M...
12/01/2019
Do Chicago’s storefront theaters have their own economic impact? Try $80 million

Read more about the enormous economic impact that Chicago's storefront theaters have in this Chicago Tribune piece.

The MCA was proud to partner with Prop Thtr earlier this year for "The Storefront Project." Learn more: http://bit.ly/2ZyX8kt

Comparing the dollars that come from the big theaters in the Loop to the impact of Chicago's small theaters out in the neighborhoods. Can a show for 100 seats make a difference? Yes, do the math. And find a way to pay the actors who fill those seats.

Visiting the MCA this weekend with your family? Check out these printable materials from the MCA Learning team, meant as...
11/30/2019
PRINT THIS: Workshopping Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

Visiting the MCA this weekend with your family? Check out these printable materials from the MCA Learning team, meant as an invitation to play, connect, and reflect together on contemporary art.

While Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" is no longer on view at the museum, you can still use these tools to channel Abloh’s creative, multidisciplinary approach in your everyday life.

What's your theory on what happened to Maurizio Cattelan's artwork "America," stolen two months ago?
11/29/2019
What Happened to the Stolen Gold Toilet?

What's your theory on what happened to Maurizio Cattelan's artwork "America," stolen two months ago?

There is still no sign of Maurizio Cattelan’s “America,” which disappeared from a palace in England two months ago. But theories abound.

Feel good about each gift! Your gift gives back at the MCA Store. Enjoy free standard shipping in the contiguous United ...
11/28/2019

Feel good about each gift! Your gift gives back at the MCA Store. Enjoy free standard shipping in the contiguous United States through Cyber Monday, plus free gift wrap! As always, members save 10%. Shop stylish and delightful gifts under $25: http://bit.ly/2XPLBKo

Congratulations to Marcella Beccaria, the chief curator of Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, and Humberto M...
11/27/2019
Expo Chicago Names Curators of 2020 Program

Congratulations to Marcella Beccaria, the chief curator of Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, and Humberto Moro, the deputy director of Museo Tamayo, who have been named the curators of the 2020 edition of EXPO CHICAGO.

The MCA looks forward to hosting the opening night celebration of EXPO, Vernissage again next year!

Expo Chicago, the city’s International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, which is returning to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall in September 2020, has selected Marcella Beccaria, the chief curator of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Italy, and Humberto Moro, the deputy direct...

Expand your senses in "Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces" on view now!
11/26/2019

Expand your senses in "Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces" on view now!

Did you miss Saturday's Unwrapped cooking demonstration from Michael Rakowitz and Marisol's Chef Jason Hammel? We have c...
11/26/2019

Did you miss Saturday's Unwrapped cooking demonstration from Michael Rakowitz and Marisol's Chef Jason Hammel? We have copies of Michael's book A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve in the MCA online store. Shop cookbooks and entertaining: http://bit.ly/2EbeZCj

"Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced it raised $6 million with a benefit art auction, making it one of th...
11/24/2019
Museum of Contemporary Art raises $6 million with auction

"Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced it raised $6 million with a benefit art auction, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the institution’s history." - AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced it raised $6 million with a benefit art auction, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the institution’s history. Museum director Madeleine Grynsztejn says the highest winning bid at the Nov. 16 auction was $1,150,...

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220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL
60611

The MCA Chicago is located four blocks east of the Chicago Avenue subway stop on the CTA Red Line and is easily accessible by the #3 King Drive, #10 Museum of Science and Industry, and #66 Chicago Avenue buses, as well as several Michigan Avenue bus routes. Chicago Transit Authority Take the CTA to the MCA. For routes, schedules, and fares, call Chicago Transit Authority Travel Information at 312.836.7000.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(312) 280-2660

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