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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: +1 312-280-2660
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and...
Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.
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A great evening of Art and Jazz!

Go on a Jazz night! So fun! I didn't save enough time to do all the exhibits because the music was sensational. Food, wine, outdoor dining, sculptures in front and back, sit on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

As contemporary art fans and collectors, we almost didn't go because of some of the negative reviews. Fortunately we ignored those and assumed we would find something of value. WOW is this one of the most underrated rankings of a museum. There is great work here of wonderful diversity by significant and upcoming artists. The whole point is to be... More 

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New Orleans
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

As a lifelong museum goer, I can unequivocally state that this is worst "museum" that I have ever visited. Amateurish, silly, dull and uninteresting. Unless you are as Alexander Calder fan there is nothing to see here at all. There are many wonderful thing to do in Chicago, this is not one of them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Go on a Jazz night! So fun! I didn't save enough time to do all the exhibits because the music was sensational. Food, wine, outdoor dining, sculptures in front and back, sit on the grass...A real Chicago experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I am certainly not an art buff but this museum does have some interesting exhibits. It is also not a huge museum so you can go through it within a couple hours. On Tuesday's there is a jazz concert outside which unfortunately we couldn't stay for but I'm sure it was great.

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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

I enjoy modern art and after viewing the Institute of Art was expecting greatness here too. Whoever chooses the pieces needs to consider the visiting public more not just what is tendy and provocative. Graduate art students in other cities have better displays. Glad we had the Go card and didn't paid directly for this display

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It's just ok at best. The family usually enjoys modern art but much of this was borderline uninspiring. The general flow felt off, and didn't get any sense of a cohesive exhibition that drew any of our attentions. Or as one of our party stated "this ain't no Centre Georges Pompidou"

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

You can't beat Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art if you are an Illinois resident. Entrance to the museum is free and then a Jazz performance is held outside in back at 5:30 until 8 PM. The Chicago Jazz groups are always interesting! Wine and beer and food are also available. You can no longer bring in food. Plus... More 

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Bonita, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A very short visit for us. As my wife noted she wouldn't have looked twice at some of the exhibits if they were at a garage sale. If you like counter culture art, its worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Went with an old college friend (we always to to museums) and saw an extraordinary show of African-American musical artists' responses to their making music; there were installations and unique and imaginative works of many kinds. Loved it!

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We love the MCA. Always interesting and rotating collections of art. The second saturday of every month is family day and it can't be beat - free admission, snacks and a ton of child centered arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt that gets the whole family involved.

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Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.