Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The MCA brings artists and audiences together to experience and contemplate contemporary art and culture.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Near North Side
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  • Chicago • 8 min walk
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Elfma
Greenwich, CT688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
A great museum, user-friendly and beautifully curated. Lucky to have heard about the summer Tuesdays on The Terrace free jazz concerts(walk ups are welcome) Food and Bev available on site. A place to see and be seen and a terrific way to end the day. Bring a blanket.
Written September 11, 2022
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Adamj7777
London, UK131 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I was surprised that it was much smaller than I had expected. The top floor was closed for a new installation being made but I don’t think that would have added lots more to the space. A few interesting items when I went. A high quality gift shop as well.
Written October 4, 2023
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Greg K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
We held an event at the MCA and it was a blast. The food was great (had options for vegetarians and vegans) and the team that I worked with was very professional. I would not mind having an event here again if the opportunity allows! We also had access to the museum to view some of the art they had displayed.
Written February 5, 2024
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liverpool1023
London, UK1,125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I wasn’t bowled over by MICA. The permanent Collection is a bit on the thin side; lots of filler and not much chiller. The consequence of having one Cindy Sherman, one Francis Bacon, etc means it all feels a little random. I think this may one to visit selectively depending on what travelling exhibition is on.
Written March 8, 2020
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Irina
United States13,384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Visiting the exhibition "Forothermore" of modern, unique artworks by a contemporary artist Nick Cave was an unforgettable experience. The exhibition was a mind-blowing, fascinating presentation of the artist's life, his commitment to portray the unsolved, ongoing social issues, his devotion to pay attention and give space to "others", who have been marginalized by modern societies.

Through his stunning paintings, sculptures, found object installations (unbelievable Soundsuits!), the artist finds the way to talk to viewers about the working-class people and the queer people of color. Words "Others Welcome" were on the facade panels of the MCA building, during the four months of the exhibition.

It is next to impossible to describe the artworks -- some have titles, some are unnamed.

In my view, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has done a fantastic job, organizing this exhibition, accompanied by the detailed comments on the plaques, and also by audio- and video presentation of the artist and his thoughts about the past, present and future, his views, recollections, and comments on his artworks.

As far as the viewers -- the exhibition gave them the absolute freedom to interpret the meanings of the artworks, masterfully created by the artist, and to enjoy the true Power of Art.

The exhibition closed in Chicago MCA a little over two weeks ago, and it has been moved to The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

I am very impressed by the unquestionable, powerful artistic talent of Nick Cave. Not only I was lucky to see his works at the MCA exhibition, I also bought some souvenirs and the monograph with color illustrations of the artist's works at the MCA Shop.

Thank You Very Much!
Written October 19, 2022
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am not a fan of contemporary arts at all, however I do appreciate and admire the seeing the artist perspective through art works. On my visit there was the Seeing Chicago, Duro Olowu , some very interesting pieces and others I thought it was straight garbage. The building alone is not very huge, but they make great use of the space for exhibits. One of the highlights of the visit is seeing the grand staircase with the web like nettings.

Written March 5, 2020
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PSS123
Croatia83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Having seen the famous Tate museum in London and having been disappointed by it, as a someone who do not really understand the "modern" art, I entered this museum with low expectations (I'm an engineer). But I was most pleasantly surprised by the social and societal message attached to the art exhibits. I was particularly impressed, and even deeply moved, by the "Prisoner of Love" exhibition. The glimpse that it offers into the African-American perspective of the society is eye-opening and sometimes even frightening. It made my hair stand on its end at times. I would highly recommend it.
Written August 5, 2019
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY7,210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
We were walking and just found the Museum of Contemporary Art. I loved it as much as The Art Institute. Make sure you check out their shop - very cool items.
Written April 10, 2016
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Ljpne
Chicago, IL30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I am struggling with what to say, without being unkind. Honestly, though, the city of Chicago should be embarrassed by this place.
Museum? No, it is not. At best, it is a gallery for temporary exhibits of questionable works by unproven "artists". Except for the Calder exhibit, it appears they have NO permanent collection…
This is a VERY small "museum", with very few exhibits. Unfortunately, someone made the decision to exhibit a large percentage of the facility space to show the most ridiculous home movies; the only decision worse than exhibiting them was the decision by the "artist" to make the movies in the first place.
I LOVE contemporary art, and have visited many, many contemporary art museums, including Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, and Kansas City. However, these people should be ashamed to accept your money; I know I certainly regret giving it to them.
The staff doesn't seem to respect the facility much, either. The docent leading the 2:00pm tour was not professionally dressed; she looked like she just left a Little Leage game or had just come from the grocery store. And even though there were signs everywhere stating, "No food, no drinks" there was an employee eating food ON THE ELEVATOR; and she was not returning from the 2nd floor cafe to the office area on the fifth floor; she was descending. No class.
Oh, and, they seriously need to assign somebody to clean the fish pond; it was filthy.
Written June 7, 2015
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Thanks for taking some time to write a review Ljpne, I thought it'd be helpful to respond to some of your comments as a clarification. As a contemporary art museum we do have a strong commitment to showing "unproven artists," it's actually part of the way the MCA started. We want to provide one of the very first platforms for these new voices and talents to share their art with the world. Sometimes this work doesn't resonant with everyone, sometimes the artist who goes onto become a major part of art history, and sometimes both of those things happen. That's part of the process of showing and debating new art. We do have a permanent collection though it is not on permanent view as in other museums, it rotates, and we also include the permanent collection in many exhibitions on various themes or ideas. Your review is from June 7 so exhibitions like "Out of Office" and "S, M, L, XL" (as well as "MCA DNA: Alexander Calder") are all exhibitions of our permanent collections, just around different ideas—putting the art in a new context brings out new ways of seeing an artwork often. The "ridiculous home movies" you saw were by Keren Cytter in her solo exhibition and indeed humor is a major element of her work as she intentionally deconstructs cinema techniques using lo-fi effects so you might have hit the nail on the head there. We will certainly look into your feedback about our staff as we'll want them to set an example for our visitors. Again, appreciate the time you took to review and we do hope you'll be back to visit, debate, and see new artwork.
Written June 17, 2015
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Martina N
New York City, NY99 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
In all honesty I am not a big city kind of gal and I don't necessarily care for museums or the arts. I usually prefer to spend my time outdoors but when visiting a new city known for its cultural and arts scene I do like to check out a museum or two - this was a visit I truly regretted. There is literally nothing to see in this museum. We bought tickets to see the David Bowie exhibit and opted to explore the rest of the museum while we waited for our tour to start and were left very underwhelmed. After 15 min we had covered the entire museum and didn't see anything that was even moderately fascinating. We ended up leaving and returning two hours later for our designated tour. The Bowie exhibit was unique but as my friend and I are not really David Bowie fans that did little to justify the $25 admission fee. Unless something truly special is being featured that is of great interest to you, skip this museum and don't waste your precious time!
Written January 8, 2015
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