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.

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What appears to be a faded, scratched poster displaying tall waterfront residential buildings is missing large sections, as if it peeled off of a wall.
Yto Barrada, Palissade de chantier (Building Site Wall), 2009/2011. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Kay Torshen, © Yto Barrada, courtesy Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Beirut; and Galerie Polaris, Paris Photography courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery.
Virgil Abloh. Photo: Fabien Montique.
A band plays under the new, overhead garden installed in our second-floor Commons space. Photo: Tim Tab Studios.



The MCA is open every Monday from 10 am-5 pm, in addition to regular museum hours, during the run of Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech." On view from June 10-September 22, Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" is the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the genre-bending artist and designer Virgil Abloh (American, b. 1980). Abloh pioneers a practice that cuts across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers, and architects.



In partnership with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the MCA presents two important exhibitions this fall, Chicago Works: Assaf Evron (through February 16, 2020) and The Shape of the Future (October 19, 2019 to April 5, 2020). Both exhibitions use architecture and design to reflect global narratives and their connection to Chicago.

In addition, performance artist Kim Brandt extends her research on large-scale sculptures and Chicago’s architecture with her live performance, Level (October 1-3, various times.)


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.

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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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