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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 exhibits in July '15

Went with an old college friend (we always to to museums) and saw an extraordinary show of African-American musical artists' responses to their making music; there were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A very short visit for us. As my wife noted she wouldn't have looked twice at some of the exhibits if they were at a garage sale. If you like counter culture art, its worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Went with an old college friend (we always to to museums) and saw an extraordinary show of African-American musical artists' responses to their making music; there were installations and unique and imaginative works of many kinds. Loved it!

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We love the MCA. Always interesting and rotating collections of art. The second saturday of every month is family day and it can't be beat - free admission, snacks and a ton of child centered arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt that gets the whole family involved.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It's a museum to see wither you love contemporary art or not. Some of the exhibits were amazing some I didn't get but art is an expression and I'm truly glad I went.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Guess I just do not know much about art, my BF partner does. Guess I just don't understand it. Still very enjoyable, but I guess I am more of an Art Institute guy.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I'll admit, I know very little about contemporary art. So there's nothing "expert" about this review. My reactions were mixed. Some exhibits were quite remarkable to me... others, I just didn't understand. Your mileage will likely vary depending on your understanding of this art form and also based on the exhibits there at the time you visit. It's a gorgeous... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I did a little art tour of Chigcago, and I actually preferred this gallery best of all. However, your mileage will vary depending on how much you enjoy the main exhibitor. Check out their website beforehand and see if there's anything that interests you. Don't miss the gift shop! It's filled with the best selection of art and design books... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I was staying one block from the museum so it made sense to check it out. Because of an opening show the day I went, there were lots of people in attendance and there were musical groups performing. Knowing it was the Museum of Contemporary Art, I wasn't expecting the usual framed paintings. What amazed me, though, was the wide... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

They usually have an interesting exhibit. I loved the 1980, this place is good for a review of modern artist from around the globe. The place is located behind the macys in front on childrens hospital. Ticetes are expensive but its usually a good ide to check it out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This museum is well worth the visit, I would say this is the number one attraction to see in Chicago, you will not regret this visit.

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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.