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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Duro Olowu, Fall/Winter 2019, Look 16
Photo: Luis Monteiro
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. Chromogenic print. Framed: 34 5/8 × 34 5/8 in. (87.9 × 87.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Kay Torshen, 2018.17
© Yto Barrada, courtesy Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Beirut; and Galerie Polaris, Paris. Photography courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery
A band plays under the new, overhead garden installed in our second-floor Commons space
Photo: Tim Tab Studios



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.



This winter, the MCA presents Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago. For this exhibition, Olowu curates a major exhibition drawn from the public and private art collections of Chicago, anchored by the MCA’s art collection. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines paintings, sculptures, photographs, and films in layered and textured scenes that also incorporate his own work as a fashion designer. The first exhibition of its kind, Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago is inspired by Chicago’s deep and emotional investment in the arts, something that Olowu cites as a distinct and dynamic aspect of the city’s incredible cultural heritage. Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago is on view at the MCA from February 29 to May 10, 2020.


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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