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5–7 pm
Private Patron Reception

6–9 pm
General Reception



The MCA hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. This extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA Women’s Board, is a highly anticipated event each year. This year is particularly special as it coincides with MCA 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the MCA's founding in 1967.

Entering its sixth edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 145 leading galleries around the world. The exposition provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA's education department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

Anne L. Kaplan, Sally Kovler, Cari Sacks, and Helen Zell

Tonya Geesman, Christine H. Poggianti, and Ellen Wallace

Event Partners

EXPO CHICAGO Northern Trust Navy Pier

Corporate Sponsors

belgravia realty group CIRM Grund & Leavitt Hu-Friedy

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In-Kind Sponsors

Dining Out Chicago Eli's Cheesecake Lagunitas M2057 Skinny Pop Terrazas


Thanks to our participating restaurants for the Patron Reception:

20E, Talbott Hotel Riva Restaurant
Belly Q Sable Kitchen & Bar
Big Star Tanta
Chicago Raw The Windsor
Marisol Yusho