Tuesdays on the Terrace


Tuesdays are always FREE for Illinois residents.


Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. The 2017 schedule is below.

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Tuesdays on the Terrace 2009 Photo © MCA Chicago


Performances occur every Tuesday, June 13–September 26, from 5:30–8 pm, and are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, from WDCB 90.9 FM, with Richton Guy Thomas, from WHPK 88.5 FM.

Due to construction, dining options for Tuesdays on the Terrace will be limited. During this time the MCA Café is offering a simplified grill menu as well as cold beverages, wine, and seasonal cocktails on our lawn and upper terrace. Tables on the upper terrace are available on a first-come basis and there will be no table service for Tuesdays on the Terrace. Open seating is still available on our terrace or bring a blanket to relax on the lawn.

Sorry, outside food and beverages are not allowed.

In case of rain, the event takes place inside the MCA's Kovler Atrium.


BBQ brisket sandwich with pickled carrot salad | $10
Kale & grain salad, sunflower seeds & lemon dressing | $8
Salami & cheese box, marinated vegetables & French bread | $8
Spicy cajun sausage sandwich with red cabbage slaw | $8
Roasted summer squash salad, feta cheese & olives, in a buckwheat & herb dressing | $8
Single Origin chocolate chip cookie | $3

Kids Menu 

SunButter & jelly sandwich | $4
Fruit cups | $3

(subject to change)


WDCB 90.9 is the Media Sponsor of Tuesdays on the Terrace.

Tuesdays on the Terrace is supported in part by HED.