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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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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 place if you are an art lover

They had a few very interesting exhibits when I was there. Some required more thought. Great place if you love art. A must see if museums are your thing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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South Orange, New Jersey
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

I didn't have much time for sightseeing on my last trip to Chicago, so I took in the MCA. And it was the perfect spot for a short visit. The layout is easy and the exhibits are not overwhelming. So don't expect a major collection. For that, head over to the Art Institute. But for a quick afternoon jaunt, the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Not much to see for $12 admission. Next time I'll skip this one and just focus on the Art Insitute. They had some decent Calders, but otherwise there were obscure, uninteresting exhibits. Really? There is SO MUCH excellent art ...why don't they have any!

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Surrey,England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We visited for something different after a day at The Chicago Art Museaum. We were not disappointed by the art with the highlight being the exhibition of Doris Salcedo's work which was outstanding. Whilst the art was good the organisation left a lot to be desired. We were given no guidance concerning the current shows, apart for a listing of... More 

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

Hi Spencer, we're very glad to hear that you enjoyed the art on view, but we're disappointed to hear that our customer service let you down on this trip. We're hearing that you would have liked 1) more information about what's on view 2) the guide to the Salcedo exhibition. Could you message us more about what we could have... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Maybe we hit it at an off time, but our visit was less than inspiring. Keren Weinberg's films are being featured, and they didn't capture our interest. Other exhibits were less than memorable.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

They had a few very interesting exhibits when I was there. Some required more thought. Great place if you love art. A must see if museums are your thing.

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

We love the way you put this Briman! We hope to show thought-provoking exhibitions for art-lovers; we're thrilled you called us " a must see." Hope we'll see you again in our galleries! More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The museum is small despite having 4 levels. The staircase is interesting, walk down the the lower level and look up. Admission is steep for what is on offer. The shop is varied and has lots of knick knacks but you'll probably find them cheaper online. Great to find things you don't really need but you think you do.

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Scottsdale
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The museum always pushes the limits of what is exhibited. The show of Calder's was very good as was the sculptures of R Hunt. The other exhibits were interesting but not to my tasted. The building is excellent. The outdoor sculpture court small . Worth visiting but be selective .

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

Thanks for visiting Steve, we're glad you enjoyed the Alexander Calder exhibition and Richard Hunt's artwork. We'll keep working for a 5-star review from you! More 

Sao Paulo-BRAZIL
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I have the opportunity of seeing David Bowie's exhibition twice! One at Sao Paulo MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som, that could be suitably translated to "Sound and Vision Museum"...) and in Chicago. The exhibition in Sao Paulo was great, were they took care of every detail to show you Bowie's memorabilia, like clothes, papers, drafts and so. In... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I went on a guided tour of the Doris Salcedo exhibit while in Chicago. I enjoyed the tour and the staff's explanation of Doris' exhibit. Very thought provoking!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I had been to the Art Institute in the past, so thought I would try this museum. I recommend the Art Institute over this museum in a heartbeat. Definitely a different kind of art, and I learned not an art I liked. The exhibits were different and not really worth the time and money. Many exhibits had signs that parents... More 

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

While you didn't enjoy your visit sk03, we're actually glad you learned something about yourself; we hope that you'll give contemporary art (and the MCA) a second shot--we are not shy about presenting a "different kind of art" as you put it. Rather than avoiding certain artworks or artists, from our perspective part of being a family friendly museum is... More 

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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.