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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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Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Nice alternative to the Art Institute!

I am not very fluent in art, but happy to have visited this museum on a recent trip to Evanston and Chicago. We were at the Art Institute last summer, which is wonderful but may... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Trudy B
Albany NY

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dallas, tx
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was expecting something totally different and this was underwhelming in every way! The price of admission in my opinion is a bit too much for this place. I don't know about you but watching pots of ink dance and move to sound waves is not my cup of tea. The view out of the window towards the lake--well that... More 

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Albany NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not very fluent in art, but happy to have visited this museum on a recent trip to Evanston and Chicago. We were at the Art Institute last summer, which is wonderful but may seem a bit daunting especially for those of us not well-versed in the world of art. MCA was smaller in size and scope and we... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like contemporary art, then this is your place. Excellent facility and rapidly changing exhibitions. If you don't REALLY like contemporary art, then you should consider going elsewhere. Museum has good gift shop. Museum opens 10am on Sunday and there is not much else open in Chicago at that time. But only if you REALLY like CONTEMPORARY art.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A whole floor was closed. The rest of the collection was unimpressive. Check what exhibits are available before going.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit the MCA often, at least once every four months or so. It is relatively small and sometimes I'm in and out in an hour or two, other times three hours or more. The exhibits change often and there is always something of interest to see. Occasionally I will revisit an exhibit more than once if it has somehow... More 

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Abraham R, Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Thanks for you review Kinnagoebay! It sounds like you've discovered one of our strengths--we rotate exhibitions often so we're basically a different museum every 3 months. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Understood as a look back to the freedom franzy of the 1970-ies, the result, the current exposition, whilst open to questions, is highly interesting. Whilst, in the texts, the freedom frenzy is linked to the civil rights movement, it is not untipical for an ideology being the catalyst or point of referral for changes in styles in arts, and, in... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was expecting a larger art museum and there was really only a few rooms of viewing. What was there was excellent but was surprised by the size.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Visiting the museum is always fun. Like usual, they have some very unique and interesting projects on display. It's a great place for kids/families on the weekends. The collection is very small in comparison to other museums nearby. I left feeling unsatisfied.

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Abraham R, General Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

We're very glad to hear that your visits to the MCA are always fun, that you saw some interesting and unique objects, and that we're a great place for families--those are all things we hope to accomplish during a visit! We'd love to learn more about why you left feeling unsatisfied though, feel free to email or message us with... More 

Leominster, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Very disappointing. Especially after having visited the Art Institute where the 20th-century rooms are rich and thrilling, this was a let down (unless you are intrerested in loops of videos). And there is not even a view to the lake anymore.

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Abraham R, General Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

The lake view is still visible through our 4th floor gallery window; any obstruction to the terrace lake view that you might have experienced is only temporary. We make every effort to expose our audience to new and challenging forms of art and video art is a very important part of the contemporary art being made today. Many other people... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

When visiting Chicago do your best to make time for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Its video installations pose questions about how we situate ourselves in love and every day relationships and would warrant a visit even if there were nothing else to see – but there is. The art installations are interactive, tactile and will engage adults and children... 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.