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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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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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Beautiful exhibits

This museum has beautiful art in form of video, drawings and sculptures. I loved seeing the digital stories and appreciated the brief but detailed summary of the pieces. It left... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Cape Coral, Florida

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This museum has beautiful art in form of video, drawings and sculptures. I loved seeing the digital stories and appreciated the brief but detailed summary of the pieces. It left me wanting more...they are adding to their third floor. Maybe next time I visit, they will earn a five.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This museum is well located on the downtown campus of NW University.It's small, but that doesn't mean it can't have great exhibits. On my visit, there wasn't one show that I could connect with. As an artist, I realize museums are not just for what has been accepted as "art" but should stretch the vision and vocabulary of the participant.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Much of the building seemed empty. It was mostly film and almost all were x-rated. It certainly was very different from the Art Institute. We went as it was free with the Go Chicago pass. You can go at your own pace and sit and watch the films. There was a farmers market outside - which was very enjoyable. There... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Small museum with very few interesting parts. The curator had done a bad job. Even the staff days to the guests - this is what they do when you give them a lot of money. The video installations were to close and audio barely hearable Save your money and more important your time

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Last time I visited the MCA, I just loved it. We spent an enjoyable couple of hours in various exhibits that were each, if not to our personal taste, at least interesting to experience and discover. This past weekend, we specifically went for the Calder exhibit. Meh. It was not presented in a very captivating way, and after about 10... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The building is nice, you can take some beautiful pictures, the exhibits are quite small and some of them are pretty boring. other exhibits are outstanding and amazing but for a chicago museum this one is under the average. you can find other interesting pieces in other places rather than spend your time in this museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The MCA is a great space and has some amazing exhibits. David Bowie Is was truly one of the most interesting exhibits I have ever seen. So good that I went a second time and could have gone back. The combination of handwritten lyrics, David talking to you as you read them. The costumes, his influences, his original paintings, his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Very good visit. Loved our tour. Guide was terrific. I loved Doris Salcedo's work from Columbia. Easy to navigate the museum

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Unbelievably important works. There was a great deal of experiential work to explore on our stay. Do not miss out on this museum ESPECIALLY if you have children. I wish I had seen more exploring the works there. Even a giant hot air balloon on its side to wander into. Call ahead for what is on exhibit as it does... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We weren't looking to spend hours and hours in a museum and wanted something a bit different. This museum was perfect for our desires. We had fun interacting with the exhibits - squeezing into a tight space, wandering into a hot air balloon, and also watching other people react to the exhibits. When visiting this museum, you can't help but... More 

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Address: Address: 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: +1 312-280-2660
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Streeterville
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Streeterville
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.