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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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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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Quincy, Illinois
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

it's not your typical are museum - hence the title "Contemporary" but don't be afraid to give it a shot. I almost didn't and would've be sad. it's an interesting exhibit of different styles and as the curator said on the way in "it is not all is what it appears to be". there are a variety of mediums -... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I used to work near the MCA and I used to love dropping by, grabbing lunch and sitting on the terrace overlooking the garden. During this visit I went straight to the cafe, grabbed a glass of wine, and sat outside to enjoy it before wandering around inside. I love seeing the Calder mobiles and the koi fishes whenever I'm... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Though I may not always be wowed by all the art, the MOCA building itself is one of my all time favorites. They excel in stairways--from the long entry steps viewed from the park in front, to the spectacular interior open stairway connecting all levels. From top to bottom, it's by far the most photogenic stairway I've ever seen. So... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

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
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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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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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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 

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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.