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Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
+1 312-280-2660
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Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Like many contemporary art museums (notably, the Guggenheim in New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago relies heavily on temporary exhibitions, rather than a large permanent collection. As a result, your experience will depend greatly on what is showing at the time. The rating above is for the time I visited. As other reviews reflect, it might be... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I was very impressed by the Bowie exhibition at the MCA Chicago. They really showed how fashion influenced Bowie's costumes and the breadth of his talents with his different personalities, not to mention the many moves he starred in. What talent! There was also a small room dedicated to Calder and some wonderful Shonibares outside. My one complaint is that... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We traveled to see the Bowie Exhibit and it was the trip to Chicago!! The rest of the museum was beautiful too.

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Tujunga, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I am sure it is to some people taste ,but not mine, It was very strange and at one point looked as if there was decorating going on-not-it was the art.

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Amazing exhibit - I enjoyed every minute and inch of the huge retrospective. This extravaganza of music, costumes and artifacts really kept me engaged for a number of hours. Lots of interesting video stations and the audio tour concept made it very easy to experience all of the music and interviews. Really loved the details around the costumes and their... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It's hard to recommend this to everyone. Like Bowie's music, it's probably not for everyone. It was very informative. He's an incredibly talented guy, though I can honestly say I don't enjoy most of his music. Fascinating stats (140MM records sold), great video, clothes he wore in concert, and storyboards of his stage shows. He is "out there" in many... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This museum blew me away. It has a corporate polish to it, but the events highlight local Chicago artists in a way that makes the museum feel much more human-scale and unique. The quality and depth of the exhibitions reminded me of the Mori Museum in Tokyo--one of the best contemporary museums in the world. The gift shop also carries... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was a great exhibit; but because there was no restroom on the same floor, we didn't spend anytime in the gift shop; which was a bummer, because there were actually things I wanted. Oh well. The exhibit itself was well put together,...I only wish there were floor arrows to ease the audio transitions,...sometimes they were a little abrupt and... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Fabulous exhibition covering Bowies early life and career right up to date. Don't miss it. Look out for his coke spoon and the keys to his flat in Berlin.

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Visited the museum specifically to attend the David Bowie Is. This was the sole reason for my trip to Chicago and I am so thankful we made the decision for the trip. There are no words to adequately explain how wonderful the exhibit is, look up the websites devoted to it and posted reviews. They will describe it more eloquently... More

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