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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
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+1 312-280-2660
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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 educational...

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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It's trying.

Compared to the Art Institute, this is a minor museum in Chicago. Despite that, I enjoyed the visit and there were some exhibits that made me stop and think. The Calder... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is very close to Water Tower Place and the N Michigan Ave shopping area. When we visited, there were three exhibits, and one was essentially one room. The spaces are not small but that was the extent - so don't expect the enormous spaces of the Institute for Arts (but MCA is only $12 for adult). The art... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Compared to the Art Institute, this is a minor museum in Chicago. Despite that, I enjoyed the visit and there were some exhibits that made me stop and think. The Calder mobiles were an obvious guilty favorite but there is real contemporary art here as well. I didn't buy anything in the shop, but I did spend quite a while... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to check this place out, being lifelong Chicago residents and having never been here. We like seeing new things, and making sure our teenage son experiences these things too, even when he doesn't always want to. We spent a few hours here on a recent Saturday afternoon and it was definitely a different experience. We found some of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is small with limited collection, however the gift shop is great and you can visit without paying museum admission fee. I was there on a Tuesday evening when the museum opens till 8pm. Found a great lamp in the gift shop. It looks like a book and when you open the book it turns into a LED lamp.... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You must need to be into this kind of art! I just didnt get what made any of it art. My wife said her head hurt when we left. Some things were actually disturbing.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a nice museum near the old Water Tower downtown devoted to contemporary art. Here are a few points.. 1. At 12$ per adult, the price is about right. Cheaper rates apply for kids and students. 2. Like all museums, and especially contemporary ones, exhibits rotate. If you want to avoid the disappointment of up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

Needless to say that, this museum is not for everyone. But, if you are a contemporary art fan, like me; you will obviously fall in love with this well-curated small museum. But please check the current exhibits before you visit.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were in town for the weekend and wanted to do something different so we decided on this. It was an amazing experience, it is hard to put it in words however we were left speechless at points. Even though the gallery is not huge, give yourself time, some of the pieces are truly immersive. Two points:... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Yes, I know contemporary art can be challenging but a lot of exhibits here didn't really draw me in. In fact, some of it pushed me away and made me wonder what the heck is it supposed to mean. They do change out the exhibits, so I guess it depends on when you visit and what is on display. I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

We live across the street from the MCA and are members; some exhibits are truly outstanding (Kerry James Marshall, most recently; David Bowie; Chuck Close, for example) but all are thought provoking. The MCA often pushes the envelope; some exhibits may be unpleasant for some viewers, so be sure you know what's there before you visit. Excellent truly contemporary permanent... 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.
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