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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 - 10:00 pm
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Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 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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Great Museum Near Water Tower

The MCA has a great combination of exhibits and programs that are well worth the visit. Located right off Michigan Avenue, the MCA is a wonderful cultural diversion to supplement... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Lake Forest, Illinois
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Lake Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The MCA has a great combination of exhibits and programs that are well worth the visit. Located right off Michigan Avenue, the MCA is a wonderful cultural diversion to supplement your shopping and dining experience.

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Springfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Really enjoyed the tour given to me by The Chicago Greeter Paul I saw many pieces of art that I would have never seen without Paul. He knew his way around the facility and was so informative about each piece he showed me. The museum was grand.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

A museum not about just looking at 'pretty' pictures. This small museum stimulates discussion and will gently nudge you toward perhaps reconsidering your own perspective and world views. There are ever changing, thoughtfully curated shows, so each visitors' trip may be wildly different. Of the 3 exhibitions I saw, 2 were very good & a third bored me to tears.... More 

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Batroun, Lebanon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Honestly this was my first visit to a museum of contemporary art and I was very impressed by the exhibits. A lot to see and a lot to think about ! It definitely makes you change your perception of things. I loved the experience!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I came to Chicago specifically to see the "David Bowie Is" exhibit here, in which one of my own pieces was displayed, so I was proud as a peacock. The exhibit was beyond brilliant, and I had a chance to look at other exhibits as well. A lovely museum, well curated and displayed. Well worth the trip from NYC.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Clearly this museum won't be for everyone. MoCA tends to put together some really great exhibits, but it's all subject to individual taste. I appreciate that they don't shy away from more challenging artists/pieces/exhibits. As a Chicago native I stop in every few months (Tuesday's are free for Illinois residents, you just have to give them your zip code!) to... More 

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Ashby, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I have to say, I thought I appreciated contemporary art. But this was disappointing. Maybe what was there would have been more interesting if the collection was more broadly representative of contemporary art through more decades. It was great to see the little Calder mobiles. But I felt that particular installation needed to have some air movement so you could... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The museum was very nice. They had a lot of special exhibitions going on, and I liked all of them but one. Very exceptional indeed; it is unusual for a museum to have more than one or two specials on that I like at a time, but here all different parts complemented each other perfectly, showing different yet interesting parts... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I'd been told by friends to check out this museum. Maybe it's because a wing seems to be closed, or they're just between good exhibitions - either way, not great. Small can be good, but not here. I'd say skip unless you know they have something you want to see.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This place is quite small compared to the other art museums in the city, but it's galleries are full of very interesting pieces. If you like art that makes you think, this is a worthwhile stop. And really, for the price, it doesn't get much better.

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Abraham R, Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Hi netia, We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! We think you summed up what we try to do very well, "If you like art that makes you think, this is a worthwhile stop." One thing we wanted to note is that at the time you visited our entire fourth floor was closed for installation of our newest exhibition, "Doris... More 

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