For Our Neighbors


Overlooking Lake Michigan to the east and the historic Water Tower to the west, the MCA is located in the heart of Streeterville. Nestled between two neighborhood parks—Seneca and Lake Shore—we are proud to be an asset to our local community, and we care deeply about being a good neighbor. Below is an overview of information and programs that benefit our neighbors.

  • A light blue, imperfect rectangle is covered with circles, ovals, and spiraling dots that blend into the background yet appear to sit on the surface.
Kenneth Josephson, Matthew, 1965, 1965. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.
A light blue, imperfect rectangle is covered with circles, ovals, and spiraling dots that blend into the background yet appear to sit on the surface.
Howardena Pindell, Night Flight, 2015–16. Mixed media on canvas; 75 × 63 in. Garth Greenan Gallery. Photo courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.
Martin Kastner—Crucial Detail.
Paul Heyer, FOREVER, 2015. Acrylic on silk taffeta; 37 × 48 in. (94 × 121.9 cm). Collection of Meredith Darrow. Photo: Robert Heishman, courtesy of the artist and Chapter-NY.


Celebrating a Chicago Luminary

The MCA is proud to present Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, an exhibition drawn largely from the MCA collection that explores the Chicago-based artist's influence on photography and visual culture at large. The show is organized by MCA chief curator Michael Darling and is on view on the second floor through December 30.


Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen

The MCA presents the first major survey of groundbreaking artist Howardena Pindell from February 24–May 20, 2018. Trained as a painter, Pindell challenges the traditional art world and has asserted her place in its history as an African American woman artist, using unconventional materials such as glitter, talcum powder, and perfume to stretch the boundaries of the rigid custom of the rectangular, canvas painting.


MCA Store Sale

Now is the perfect time to shop the MCA Store. Check out the sale online and in-store for big savings on items from your wish list.


Paul Heyer

The MCA's new Chicago Works exhibition features Chicago artist Paul Heyer. For his first solo museum show, Heyer presents large, pastel canvases and multisensory installations, set to a hypnotic, meditative soundtrack.


Tuesday and Friday Evening Programs

Did you know that the MCA offers free public programming every Tuesday and Friday evening? Experience live performances, workshops, talks, and screenings led by Chicago artists in the Commons when the museum is open until 9 pm. Take a look at our calendar to plan your next visit.

An aerial view of the MCA shows the museum in its bustling city surroundings with Lake Michigan in the distance.
Photo: T McDonald Photography @tmcd.chi.

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