MCA programs offer something for everyone. Sometimes experimental or off-beat, they are always thoughtful and provocative. Many events are free with museum admission, others require a moderate fee. For tickets or information visit the Box Office or call 312-397-4010. To see what’s on next take a look at the Calendar.

MCA Stage

In a dark space, a nude man clings like a child to another man, whose back is to the camera.

Cutting-edge dance, theater, and music from Chicago and around the world push the boundaries of performance in the intimate Edlis Neeson Theater.


View classical works on the stage, improvised performances in the sculpture garden, or contemporary works on the staircase. Dance at the MCA happens everywhere and for everyone.

Live Arts

A glass window with reflections of high-rises and with an green electric sign that spells "Tru Touch"

The MCA is a vital platform for experimentation, where visitors experience art and performance throughout the museum.


Using sound, lights, and video, performers from around the world create new experiences that expand your concept of music.


Puppets of an old man and woman walk through a dark room past a wall lined with books.

Our movies are screened anywhere we can project moving images. Popcorn not included.


A man in colorful face paint standing at a table with a selection of cosmetics gestures to something off screen. Another man in a blue hooded sweatshirt looks on.

Innovative thinkers and makers discuss contemporary art and ideas. Nothing is off limits.


Performers from Chicago and around the world bring groundbreaking works to the Edlis Neeson Theater and spaces around the museum.


Join a master class, sit in on an open rehearsal, or learn a new skill or craft—there are workshops for all ages and interests.