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Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
+1 312-280-2660
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Ranked #136 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary... more » 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. « less
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Berkeley Lake, Ga
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The gift shop drew us in. Usually we like modern contemporary art but didn't really connect with the exhibits on display here. It was not expensive an provided some quiet and cool relief from busy Mich Ave are but would not go back. At the end my teen said "is that all ?". It was kind of small but did... More

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Lafayette, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We had a pleasant two hour visit. Each work includes an explanation that is essential to read that explains the message behind it. All make a social or political statement. It is next to Water Tower shopping and just off Michigan Avenue.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I love the MCA and visit it every time I visit Chicago. There is so much to learn and see from the exhibits. The bookstore is fantastic. I love having lunch in the room overlooking the lake.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This was our second visit and we loved it. Very good exhibitions and very well organized. There was only one activity for children which was a bit disappointing.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

For those who are all "I don't like modern art, I don't get it"- this is the place to go. They explain stuff to you and the exhibits are of a good size and won't overwhelm you. You might not be in love with everything you see there, but it gives you a new appreciation for contemporary art.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This museum shows rotating exhibitions so whenever I go to Chicago I can see completely different shows. This time there were beautiful works by Yinka Shonibare - like bright handkerchiefs standing on one point. There was also an exhibit of two paintings by Frida Kahlo, and numerous works by younger artists who have been influenced by her work. I had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We didn't even make it into the museum...as crazy as that sounds (wasn't really recommended) but honestly the store was one of the coolest stores I have ever seen. The buyer(s) for this are to be applauded. I have been in lots of stores, gift shops, etc. but this one is FANTASTIC. There is a price point for everyone and... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We went to see the Warhol/Marisol exhibit. I was really disappointed with the size of the exhibit (one very small room). The gift shop was great! The other exhibits weren't to my personal liking...don't know what I was expecting but definitely not what I saw! I think my friend enjoyed it more.

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Chicago, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I love contemporary art, but this museum lacked a lot. Way too much of the space was spent on "forcing" the art on you and many of the pieces were just not that interesting. Also, their was a lack of paintings vs. sculpture/media....maybe this is the time in art but I would have liked to have seen it a bit... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We make a stop here any time we're in chicago. They bring in very interesting special exhibits and we always find something interesting to explore. It's fairly small, so it doesn't take a ton of time to explore the whole place. They also have one of the coolest gift shops around.

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