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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

Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational...

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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an OK museum. needs some new contemporary works. a lot of focus on pop art. some great Lichtenstein works. art institute's modern art wing is much better. felt restricted by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum was a good value overall, I have been to other exhibits that were more interesting than this one in this museum. I think that the exhibit was a little sparse, and that there were too many security guards, some in the way of certain exhibits. The information could be printed about each piece a little larger, since some... More 

Thank Chooseynat
Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really enjoy art museums and yet this one really was a stretch to understand and enjoy. The art borderlines on strange and just ridiculous. At one point my daughter said she was no longer going to make any attempt at getting good grades in Art class because apparently you can throw a ball in a room and call it... More 

Thank Crysta I
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The MCA Chicago is for many the poorer relation to MOMA in New York but punches its weight fully and with real panache. The current exhibit of Pop Art includes many brilliant pieces including Andy Warhol and Lichtenstein. The posters evoke fond memories for a baby boomer such as myself. The various installations provoke real internal discussion and are a... More 

Thank TimR59
Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

an OK museum. needs some new contemporary works. a lot of focus on pop art. some great Lichtenstein works. art institute's modern art wing is much better. felt restricted by security. lessened the experience. so many.

Thank loveadeal55
West Lafayette, Indiana
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overall a good value, as there are plenty of intriguing pieces to keep you entertained for at least part of an afternoon. The Pop Art exhibit was interesting as well. I would love to come back during the warm months to see the sculpture garden.

Thank Darrin P
Chicago, Illinois
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141 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my most favorite modern museums in the country. Buy discounted tickets on Travelzoo.com and save money.

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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is located on the Mag Mile. Right in the middle of shopping and dining. My husband and I were there on New Year's Eve day. The art is beautifully displayed in a great building. The staff at the museum are very pleasant and helpful. The gift shop has many interesting items. It is worth a visit to this... More 

Thank Beverly T
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to go to this museum because the exhibits sounded interesting. I wasn't disappointed. If these were representative of the quality then this museum is not to be missed. And it isn't too big. I can be in a museum for hours, but my partner would not be happy. He was fine w this. We took about 2 1/2... More 

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Niles, Michigan
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74 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though we have visited this museum multiple times they continue to have some of the most interesting shows in town!

Thank jilek5niles
Abraham R, General Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

We're thrilled you keep returning to see what we have on view and are enjoying it each time! Hope to see you back at the museum again soon. More 

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127 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

My brother and I went here today. I was sorry we started on the top floor and worked our way down. By the time we got to the surrealism exhibition we were out of time. The pop art exhibit was great, but the other had more descriptors about each piece. I think knowing the story helps to appreciate the art.

Thank JudyAC

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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.