A limited number of free tours are offered to Illinois student groups, grades 1–12, October–May. Advance, online registration is required. Registration for fall (Oct–Dec) tours begins September 1 and registration for winter/spring (Jan–May) tours begins December 1. Participating Chicago Public Schools classes are eligible for free busing.
Artist-Led Tour, Grades 1–12
Students join a teaching artist for a dialogue-based tour focusing on current exhibitions at the MCA. Tours are offered Tuesday–Friday at 10 and 11 am. Each 50-minute tour is available for a maximum of 35 students.*
Creation Lab, Grades 3–12
Students join a teaching artist for a dialogue-based tour focusing on current exhibitions at the MCA and an interactive studio workshop component. Creation labs are offered Tuesday–Friday at 10 am. This is a two-hour experience for up to 30 students.*
Registration begins for fall tours (Oct–Dec).
Registration begins for winter/spring tours (Jan–May).
*To ensure an equitable distribution of MCA resources, we ask that schools book no more than five Artist-Led Tours and/or Creation Labs per registration period.
OCTOBER–MAY, GRADES 9–12
JUNE–SEPTEMBER, GRADES K–12
Teachers may independently lead groups of up to 30 students through the museum by scheduling a Self-guided visit.
Self-guided visits are available ONLY to Illinois student groups: grades 9–12, October–May, and grades K–12, June–September. Self-guided visits can be scheduled starting at noon during the school year (Oct–May) and starting at 10 am during the summer (Jun–Sep).
Additional tour option
Out-of-state and college-level groups
To make arrangements for an out-of-state school, adult, or college/university group visit, please visit our Tours page for more information on the types of tours we have, or call 312-397-3898 to book a private tour.
Prefer a self-guided visit? Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission. Call 312-397-4010 for more information.