Tuesdays on the Terrace


Tuesdays are always FREE for Illinois residents.

Tuesdays on the Terrace 2009. Photo © MCA Chicago.


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.

2018 Schedule

Jun 5: Edwin Daugherty
Jun 12: George Freeman
Jun 19: Bethany Pickens Tribute to Willie Pickens
Jun 26: Alexis Lombre
Jul 3: Dee Alexander
Jul 10: Juli Wood & Caroline Davis
Jul 17: Thaddeus Tukes's Viibez
Jul 24: Fred Anderson Legacy Band featuring Tatsu Aoki
Jul 31: Katie Ernst with Twin Talk
Aug 7: Mwata Bowden
Aug 14: Charles Heath Quartet
Aug 21: Ernest Dawkins
Aug 28: Ari Brown Tribute to Muhal Richard Abrams
Sep 4: Victor Jesus Garcia
Sep 11: Greg Ward
Sep 18: Maggie Brown
Sep 25: Artifacts with Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed


Performances occur every Tuesday, June–September, 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.

Dining options on Tuesdays include seasonal offerings on the upper terrace and more casual offerings in the garden. Both locations include a full bar with cold beverages, wine, and cocktails. Tables are available on the upper terrace on a first-come basis and there is no table service. A range of catering options are available for parties of 8+ or 20+ guests attending Tuesdays on the Terrace that include reserved seating. For more information, call 312-397-3805.

Guests may also reserve a table at the MCA’s restaurant, Marisol, located on the first floor of the museum. However, music played on the museum’s terrace will not be audible from this location.

Please note:

  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed at this event.
  • Lawn chair rentals are available to members for free or $5 the general public.
  • Galleries are open until 9 pm; we encourage guests to visit during intermission (6:30–7 pm) or after the show. Museum admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays.
  • In case of rain, the event takes place inside the MCA’s Kovler Atrium.


Dining Options

Join us for our version of Taco Tuesday. We are taking a fun and casual approach to creating tasty tacos and torta sandwiches. Our handmade tacos have a variety of fillings, including al pastor, beef barbacoa, chicken tinga, and a vegan preparation. Other delicious sides to compliment your taco or torta include guacamole with house-made tortilla chips, corn on the cob (taco-stand style), and churro beans.

We also offer terrace favorites including our cheese & charcuterie box and turkey sandwich box.

A full bar as well as food and drink selections for little ones are offered throughout the season.

Guest enjoys Tuesdays on the Terrace, Jul 12, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.


WDCB 90.9 is the official media sponsor of Tuesdays on the Terrace.

Tuesdays on the Terrace is made possible in part by a generous gift from Luminarts Cultural Foundation, supported by Cherilyn and Michael Murer.