Located one block east of the historic Water Tower, the MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitions, performances, and programs will inspire you.

Vision and Mission

The stairs leading to the MCA's entrance are painted yellow with black text that reads, in smaller letters: "MUSEUMS ARE" and in huge letters: "NOW"

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


View of the MCA's ovular spiral staircase, from the first floor looking up

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


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.

Who We Are

We believe that the diversity of ideas and the multiplicity of voices that these community members bring to our conversation are key to the museum's vitality. Find profiles for the artists, teens, teachers, volunteers, staff, and many others who make us who we are.


MCA staff members look around the gallery and listen to a man in the center speaking while pointing to an artwork beyond the edge of the frame. A large-scale painting hangs on the wall in the background.

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

A blue horizontal bar graph with fourteen categories is labeled with the number of pages per section of the MCA website.

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.


If you're looking for a specific department, use this form or browse from a list.

For Our Neighbors

We are proud to be an asset to our local community, and we care deeply about being a good neighbor. Similiar to a coffeeshop's memo board, we've gathered information and programs pertinent to our Streeterville neighbors.


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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