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The MCA plaza and front staircase at night, lined with manicured trees and candles
Ambient lighting makes for a stunning entrance to the museum © MCA Chicago


Rental policy

Individuals and organizations are eligible to rent MCA facilities for private functions with the exception of demonstrations and political fundraising events where funds are raised for the purpose of funding an individual candidate. To confirm facility rental, a deposit in the amount of 50% of the rental fee and a fully signed facilities rental agreement are required. The deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of the rental fee is due six weeks prior to your event.

The rental fee generally covers gallery officers, general maintenance of the event space, two coat-check staff, and one-half hour of set-up and tear-down time over and above the four-hour rental. The fee does not include food or beverage, service charges, tax, labor charges, use of audio visual equipment, parking, MCA speakers, tenting, or any other miscellaneous charges incurred.

The museum reserves the right to review all special event plans to ensure the event is compatible with the mission and purpose of the institution. A detailed event description and timeline must be presented two weeks before the event. Final attendance estimates must be received by the MCA Special Events office no later than 11 am two working days before the event. The museum reserves the right to change any exhibition or the exhibition schedule. Deliveries to the MCA must be coordinated through the MCA Rental Events Manager or caterer.

No food or drink is permitted in the galleries or the theater. Smoking is prohibited inside the museum and warehouse. Nothing may be affixed to any interior or exterior surface of the museum. The MCA will not assume or accept responsibility for damage to or loss of any merchandise or articles left in the MCA before, during, or following the function. All food and beverage needs will be serviced by an MCA caterer. Food must be served in conjunction with alcohol service. Donated food or beverage is not permitted. With the exception of the Kanter Meeting Center and Edlis Neeson Theater, the MCA is not available for rental during public hours.