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Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
Phone Number: +1 312-280-2660
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Ranked #75 of 304 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.
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King County, WA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I really like this place. Always interesting - always creative. Bonus: if you are looking for something unique and interesting - this gift shop never fails me.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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142 reviews 142 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art is first class in every respect. We thoroughly enjoyed viewing its collection -- and appreciated the fact that it was free. (There was a charge to see the special exhibition.) And the gift shop is a treat. We laughed several times at the innovative offerings. For example, the cards you can find here are nothing... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I truly enjoyed my visit to the MCA. I was impressed with the diverse collection of modern art and the curation effort made by the museum. This will always be on my shortlist for future visits.

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Sacramento, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

An incredible display of a most epic musician who was innovative in his own way. Not only in music but art!!! In touring throughout the Bowie exhibit at the MCA, the music and stories follow you throughout your entire experience through the headset. If you are in Chicago while Bowie is there, do not miss this experience!!!! It was the... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The exhibits in the MCA were a bit, shall we say weird. But I only wanted to attended the David Bowie show If you a fan it will take you over 2 hours to go round The audio system you get is great and tunes into which ever area you are in, lots to see and listen too 2.5 hours... More

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Middlebury, Vermont
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100 reviews 100 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

To compensate for the "closed off" portions, admission was free save for the "Bowie" exhibit. The museum is relatively modest in size, making it easy to navigate. The collection is also modest. A number of school groups were in attendance on the day we visited, which added immeasurably to our enjoyment of the museum. The Museum Shop is a great... More

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Niles, Michigan
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Go to this show you will not be disappointed! I left the show with happy tears in my eyes, my wife who likes Bowie, but is not a fanatic enjoyed herself also.

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Covington, Kentucky
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

AMAZING! I had the pleasure of finally getting to see this iconic show, and was in AWE! I missed this show by one week when I was last in England, so was ever so excited when I realized it would be in Chicago. It is such a beautiful display of such a great history of a very unique musician. I... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Location and look: 1 block for the end of the Miracle Mile shopping drag. Nice modern building with disabled access on the street level. The steps up to the 2nd floor (main entrance) has partial lyrics for many of Bowie's songs across the treads of the steps, very unusual. There is also a huge (1 floor high) poster of the... More

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Long Beach/Los Angeles
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Absolutely wonderful exhibition. I was quite young when Bowie was making an impact and discovered him later. Have since loved and adored him. This exhibit is the only US stop for this tour, runs until early January 2015. Up on the fourth floor it was magic. You wear headphones the entire time which are coordinated to whichever room you are... More

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