The exhibits are challenging, interesting and worthwhile. The cafe offers very little after they stop serving hot food, so check the hours carefully if you plan to eat there.
The MCA is small, and will probably only take 2 hours of your time. It is a good way to get away from the shoppers on Michigan Ave. and have some time to think. You may not like every exhibit, but that's the point. Modern art should make you think, not necessarily like. As an aside, I usually avoid gift... More
You won't feel like you need to spend the whole week here like at some art museums in Chicago, but the Museum of Contemporary Art features a variety of cool and thought-provoking exhibits and one of the best museum gift shops I've ever browsed. I love modern art, and found exhibits on Calder, Warhol and Marisol, and art/archaeology/geology fascinating, occasionally... More
Location more then anything led us to choose the Museum of Contemporary Art on our last day in Chicago. The weather was cold and wet and our hotel was near the museum. Upon our arrival we were excited to find out that their was an exhibit dedicated to archaeology (one of my interests) and a day of modern dance (my... More
Not very large. Only go if you're REALLY into Contemporary Art. Cool gifts hop for the unusual gift or one-of-a-kind jewelry. I love that there's a DIVVY bike station right in front of it, very convenient.
We went there sort of by accident, it was close to our hotel and included in our visit deal. IT WAS GREAT!!! don't miss this gem go there to experience a real fantastic visit. Make sure you watch the life in Ikea solution to pricy housing!
Both times I have visited the MCA in Chicago it has been a blast. Go into it with an open mind because it can / will challenge your perception of "what is art?" There is a really great museum store attached and it's worth a stop while there too. If museums are on your list...go here!
I'm not a big fan of "out there" contemporary art, but this museum was truly fun and thought provoking. Mostly as my friend and I played the game "is this art...or is this hooey". Throughout are visit we had time discussing what we liked, did not understand, saw or thought we saw. Thoughtful, fun visit.
If you love Contemporary Art, this is the place to be. It shows well-established artists as well as up-and-comers, and is filled with creativity that can be enjoyed by kids just as easily as adults. Absolutely worth a trip. And don't miss the store-- one of the best museum stores I've ever seen.
A great day checking out this not so standard art museum. Tons of statures, tapestries, furniture and jewelry. Great day and very good cafe.
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