Located between Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue), the MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitions, performances, and programs will inspire you.

Mission and Vision

The MCA's mission is to bring artists and audiences together to experience and contemplate contemporary art and culture in ways that can deepen what it means to be a citizen of both Chicago and the world.


The MCA's current home at 220 East Chicago Avenue was the first US commission for renowned German rationalist architect Josef Paul Kleiheus.


A street view photograph with people on the sidewalk looking at a building wrapped in fabric; cars are parked along the street in the foreground

The MCA has a long history of taking chances on visionary artists' work. Chris Burden's performance Doomed (1975) comes to mind, as does Christo and Jeane-Claude's wrap of the original museum.


Our staff cares about contemporary culture and works hard to bring it to our audiences. You don't have to be an artist or an art history major—just dedicated and open minded. Check out our current openings here.


One of the most rewarding ways to get involved with the MCA is to volunteer. There are many ways to make a difference.


MCA internships provide valuable opportunities to learn how nonprofits operate in the company of like-minded young professionals. Many of our former interns go on to careers in museums and other cultural organizations.

Facts and Figures

The MCA collects a vast amount of data that tell the story of our exhibitions, programs, events, and community. This section presents a selection of those facts and figures. New visualizations will appear regularly.

Press Room

The press team is always happy to accommodate the needs of the media and can work closely with members of the press to provide advance media calendars, press releases, images, and arrange interviews.


Whether behind the scenes or in the museum’s public spaces, every department contributes to the overall MCA experience. Contact us by department or use this form.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is generously supported by its Board of Trustees; individual and corporate members; private and corporate foundations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and government agencies. Programming is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Museum capital improvements are supported by a Public Museum Capital Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The MCA is a proud member of Museums in the Park and receives major support from the Chicago Park District.

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