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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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Ranked #134 of 362 attractions in Chicago
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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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Expensive and the small amount of exhibits that it does have are terrible! Nothing to like about this place.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The works I saw were unusual and interesting. It does not take long to go through this museum. I was in the museum less than 2 hours. One hour was spent watching a video with images of Chicago. That was my favorite exhibit in the museum. There is a nice souvenir shop in the museum. Most of the items are... More

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margate,florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Several years ago,I wrote a negative review about this art museum.However,now I am happy to say,there has been a great deal of progress,since my previous visit.A few days ago,I saw some fine temporary exhibits at this art museum.I especially liked their exhibit,"Marisol and Warhol"featuring splendid sculptings by Marisol and fine silkscreens by Andy Warhol("Troy Donahue").I also appreciated their temporary Alexander... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

As we entered the "museum" a performance started of the most cacophonic ill timed drumming you could imagine. It went on for over half an hour, echoing through the galleries, which (apart from the photographic exhibition which had some amazing images) were filled with the sort of infantile daubings you see at a primary school. Not worth the entrance fee.... More

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

Hi Polophile, As a note of explanation, the performance that you stumbled upon were by the International Contemporary Ensemble playing and celebrating the work of iconic composer and avant-garde musician Alvin Lucier who was himself in performing and has been a trailblazing force in music for over 50 years. We are committed to developing special projects in nontraditional formats, intimate... More

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

It is almost embarrassing to describe this museum. $12 will buy you a 1 hour experience (if you take your time) that is both unimaginative and oddly; poorly described. There is no flow. The collection has not changed in a decade. The lighting is poor, the walls need painting, the floors are dirty, and frankly I wonder why I keep... More

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

Hi Enea, We're sorry to hear about your recent experience, and we will certainly pass along your review to our staff. Like all businesses, this winter has been hard on our facilities as snow, debris, and salt get tracked--we note that it snowed on the date of your post, March 12. With your feedback we will review our maintenance schedule... More

Palatine, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

I spent a lovely afternoon in the museum. Upon entering I was able to walk through a street market which gave me a delicious lunch. I enjoyed the docent lead tour which gave me good flavor of what was on offer. I particularily loved the photography installation.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

This was an enjoyable museum to visit. Some interesting exhibits that were well displayed. Often contemporary art is hard for me to get but I found the diverse displays interesting.

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

There were some great exhibits but really appreciated the installation pieces. William O'Brien was great. Had a wonderful and informative tour. Coat Check and Front Desk staff were friendly and great to talk with.

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WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Always a treat to visit the MCA & be exposed to new artists. I like to take the elevator to the top & work my way down. A visit doesn't usually last more than 2 hours. Appreciate the complimentary coat check.

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Norman, OK
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9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This museum always has something new and interesting to view when we are in town. They currently have an exhibit about Chicago and art, called City Self, and a great exhibit of William J. O'Brien's work. We had never seen his work before and at first look you wonder if someone raided an elementary art classroom for the display. But... More

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