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A Letter from the Pritzker Director

Dear Friends and Community,

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago takes the health and safety of the public and our staff as our highest priority. In compliance with the State of Illinois’ Disaster Proclamation order, the MCA is temporarily closed in support of the City of Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

We are making sure our institution is as safe as possible, so that we can return to providing a space for inspiration and engagement as soon as is feasible. Please continue to check our social media channels and our website for the latest updates.

Although our doors are closed, we are not dark! These next few weeks may be a time of uncertainty, but these times can also ignite innovation and creativity. Explore the Commons Online, a digital extension of our second floor community space to find ways to engage during social distancing. Creativity is not canceled!

Let’s take risks with our imagination rather than our health. Thank you for your commitment to the MCA.

Madeleine Grynsztejn
Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


"I always have a plan, but it's like the plan for a journey. Once you're on the road, you change things. If nothing changes, if you end up with something that's just as you planned it, then you haven't created art."

—Ernesto Neto


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.