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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2644
Phone Number: +1 312-280-2660
10:00 am - 5:00 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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A Fabulous Modern Art Museum in Chicago

The MCA is a fabulous Modern Art Museum in Chicago. The permanent collection is strong, and the special exhibitions are usually often quite special. The building is absolutely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The MCA is a fabulous Modern Art Museum in Chicago. The permanent collection is strong, and the special exhibitions are usually often quite special. The building is absolutely stunning with really excellent spaces for contemporary art. Don't miss it if you are in Chicago and love art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very nice place, nice collection, well documented and temporary exhibitions are well curated. Really enjoyed discovering contemporary artists related to Chicago area there!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The plan was to go have dinner and listen to music on the patio but the extra benefit were the collections. Clearly, the curators like the edgy, sometimes perhaps at the expense of the beautiful. There were several excellent mobiles from Calder, an interesting video of the Vietnam war made from old Vietnamese footage, a couple of nice installations (I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived during a weekday right when the museum opened. I love Modern/Contemporary and I loved this museum. Small in size but it did the trick and maybe the fact it was a weekday and we were there right when it opened, we had the museum to ourselves for a good portion of time. I understand it may not be... More 

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Fallston, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had an amazing experience at the Museum of Contemporary Art once before, so I was excited to show my family the first time they visited Chicago. Unfortunately upon our visit the exhibits were not really that impressive, so we did not have a great experience. I guess timing is everything when visiting this spot.

Thank NoRitzFan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Modern art museums generally fall into two categories: those that aim to exhibit the very best of their collections, because that's what people want to see - and those that put on esoteric shows of marginal interest, because the curators feel they should ring the changes. Sadly the MCA falls firmly into the latter camp. A visit in July 2016... More 

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

It's worth noting that in addition to the 1 exhibition described here ("Witness" explores the way that photography creates a narrative or understanding between the subject, viewer, and photographer) there are 7 other exhibits on view including the highly acclaimed "Kerry James Marshall: Mastry" which travels to the Met this fall and LA MOCA in 2017. Since "Witness" may not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came to see the Kerry James Marshall show, which was very well arranged, with informative write-ups about his work. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, the price was good (and they have reciprocity with other contemporary art museums). We didn't have time to visit the entire museum but it's a cool building and we will definitely return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When in Chicago this is a must see place. The adults and the kids as well can identify a lot of famous artist paintings and a lot of artifacts from around the world that they learn at school in social studies etc. If u have minimum 3-4 hours then you will be able to cover at least 2 floors but... More 

Thank Leena T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

MCA is both functional and contemporary in style without overwhelming the art that it displays in such open and easy to navigate galleries. The substantial global status of the museum means that it welcomes and presents the best exhibitions. This is truly contemporary art, of our generation, not the well known modern art of other historic and excellent museums here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to be looking for this museum: it's a rather nondescript, sort of hulking concrete mass, which belies the great collections within. The galleries are spacious, the work is very well-curated, and the size of the museum is manageable enough to see everything in a single visit. During our visit, although one small gallery was closed for the installation... 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.