Tuesdays on the Terrace


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 2016 schedule is below, watch for more information coming soon.

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Tuesdays on the Terrace 2009 Photo © MCA Chicago


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

Dine on our terrace and enjoy a buffet, which features a changing menu of themed dishes using fresh, locally grown produce from the SOAR Farmers Market. Reserve a table by calling 312-397-3805. The buffet is $27 per person.

For a more impromptu evening, open seating is available on our terrace or bring a blanket to relax on the lawn. Food may be purchased from our outdoor grill along with cold beverages, wine, and seasonal cocktails from the bar in the sculpture garden.

Sorry, outside food and beverages are not allowed.

In case of rain, the event takes place inside the MCA Café.


Jun 7: Pat Mallinger Trio
Jun 14: Matt Ulery Nonet featuring Eighth Blackbird
Jun 21: Josh Berman Trio
Jun 28: Marquis Hill
Jul 5: Tammy McCann with Mike Allemana
Jul 12: James Sanders & Conjúnto
Jul 19: Maggie Brown
Jul 26: Caroline Davis/Rob Clearfield Quartet
Aug 2: Ari Brown
Aug 9: Corey Wilkes
Aug 16: Hear in Now
Aug 23: Mike Reed's People, Places, and Things
Aug 30: Fred Anderson Legacy Band
Sep 6: Corey Wilkes
Sep 13: Juli Wood’s Chicago Calling
Sep 20: The Miyumi Project
Sep 27: Joshua Abrams and Jeff Parker


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