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.

Ingri Fiksdal, STATE. Photo © Anders Lindén.
A band plays under the new, overhead garden installed in our second-floor Commons space. Photo: Tim Tab Studios.
Anna Halprin and Lawrence Halprin, “Ritual Celebration,” Kentfield, CA. Halprin Summer Workshop, day thirteen, July 13, 1968. The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, by the gift of Lawrence Halprin.


Mapping Midwest Artists

What happened when artists with ties to the Midwest such as Judy Chicago, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Ruscha moved to the West Coast? On view November 17 through January 27, West by Midwest explores the intersecting lives and contributions of regional artists who migrated west for warm weather, career opportunities, and creative freedom, disrupting the myth of the independent, solo artist and revealing the crisscrossing lines of kinship that brought new contemporary art forms and practices to life.


Long Play Happy Hour

Marisol’s new happy hour officially launches this November and takes place Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm every week. Long Play Happy Hour is inspired by the MCA first opening its doors, a time when staff members enjoyed selecting favorite records to play throughout the galleries for visitors to enjoy over the Four O’Clock Record cocktail hour. Marisol’s head bartender Brian Case will spin all genres of vinyl during this unique happy hour that includes snacks and $7 drinks.


You Pick 2

The MCA presents a bold, global, and topical lineup of performances and programs that take place throughout the museum, from the theater to the Commons. Receive 20% off your order when you pick 2 events or more.* Exchanges are free; members receive an additional 10% off.

*Applies to select ticketed events. Please call Box Office at 312-397-4010 for more information.


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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