Rentals at the MCA

Interested in hosting your next event at the MCA? Tell us about your rental needs or schedule a walkthrough by submitting an information request. You can also contact us via email or by phone, 312-397-3872, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

For Marisol private dining inquiries, visit marisolchicago.com.

Weddings and Social Events

Unique, sophisticated, and home to some of the most important art of our time, the MCA also boasts an atrium, terrace, and sculpture garden with striking views of Lake Michigan. These customizable accommodations are perfect for designing a truly contemporary event. Why settle for ordinary?

A woman in a white wedding dress and a man in a navy suit dance in the MCA's backyard with tall skyscrapers, including the John Hancock building, as the backdrop.

A couple takes their first spins as husband and wife against a backdrop of the Chicago skyline

Photo: Durling Photography

The atrium's high ceilings provide ample space to get creative with lighting

Photo: Olivia Leigh Photographie, olivialeighweddings.com
A view of the MCA's sculpture garden and terrace on sunny day is set with white chairs for what appears to be a wedding ceremony.

Sweeping views of the Chicago skyline provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony in the sculpture garden

Photo © Artisan Events
Bright light floods a room from a wall of windows. Vibrant, warm-colored planters hang above a well-stocked bar.

The Commons, our newly refurbished space on the second floor, features a hanging garden—the perfect accent to your wedding decor

Photo: Tim Tab Studios
A bride and groom embrace while looking at trees and cityscape through the MCA's fourth floor windows.

The MCA's spaces offer panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan

Photo: Andre Lacour
Photo: Avery House
Photo: Durling Photography
Photo: Carasco Photography
Photo: Tim Tab Studios
A light-skinned bride in a black-and-white gown stands next to a groom in a black tuxedo. they cut into a black-and-white, many-layered geometric cake that is similar to a black cube-like structure above them.
Photo: Studio This Is

Married at the Museum

Lauren and James cut their beautiful cake, inspired by Johnston Marklee: Grid Is a Grid Is a Grid Is a Grid, MCA Chicago, Oct 1, 2015–Nov 18, 2016

Photo: [Studio This Is](http://www.studiothisis.com/)

For information on pricing and spaces, view our rental brochure.

Corporate or Nonprofit Events and Meetings

Featuring spacious and flexible event spaces, the MCA provides a sophisticated and distinct setting for your company’s event. Our unique indoor/outdoor event spaces will impress your guests and inspire creativity among colleagues. In addition, your guests are just steps away from the MCA’s collection and special exhibitions, adding an artful twist to your event.

A long room is set up for a party with red uplighting on the walls and cocktail tables wrapped in purple fabric lining each side of the room.
Photo: Tim Tab Studios
Photo: Tim Tab Studios

Guests gather under the stars on our back terrace

Photo: Tim Tab Studios
Photo: Ashley Galminas Photography

A band plays under the new, overhead garden installed in our second-floor Commons space

Photo: Tim Tab Studios

A view of the Edlis Neeson Theater from the stage

© MCA Chicago

The Private Dining Room in Marisol

Seasonally agile dishes served amidst stunning decor in an art-filled atmosphere—the Private Dining Room in Marisol is available to make any event a memorable experience. Whether a corporate lunch or an intimate family reception, the 40-person private room on the museum’s street level is the ideal location for any contemporary gathering. Inquire about date availability by filling out our form. We hope to host you soon.

Marisol One-Year Anniversary Work shown: Chris Ofili The Sorceress' Mirror (detail), 2017 Watercolor and charcoal on paper 58

Marisol One-Year Anniversary

Photo: Galdones Photography, © MCA Chicago

Marisol One-Year Anniversary Work shown: Chris Ofili The Sorceress' Mirror (detail), 2017 Watercolor and charcoal on paper 58

Marisol private dining room Work shown: Chris Ofili The Sorceress' Mirror (detail), 2017 Watercolor and charcoal on paper 58


Want to make your event even more unique? Gain an intimate view of our exhibitions by booking a private tour. Learn about our tour offerings on our Tours page.

Looking to book the Edlis Neeson Theater? Check out the technical specifications of the space to see if we can accommodate your needs.

The MCA Store offers a wide variety of items by contemporary designers and artists—and at all price points—that your guests will love.

MCA Catering

© MCA Chicago

Our food philosophy is simple: make it delicious! We start by sourcing the best local ingredients possible and work closely with farmers and artisan producers who take as much care for their products as we do for our guests.

FAQs

Yes. The MCA has a convenient public parking ramp located at Chicago and Fairbanks. All guests and vendors are offered our flat-rate parking discount during your special event. Guests can pick up a parking validation during the event at coat check. Fully paid parking vouchers are also available for purchase. Please contact us for more details. Find additional information and directions to the MCA on our Visit page.

Yes. MCA Catering is our exclusive in-house catering partner. All food and beverage (including alcohol) for your event must be purchased through MCA Catering. Tenting for events must also be provided by our approved vendor. Please contact us for more details.

Managers from the MCA rentals team and the MCA Catering team will be on site from start to finish on your event day—from setup until every vendor leaves the building. The MCA also provides security, housekeeping, and a building engineer on site during your event.

Yes. Gallery access is provided for up to three hours when you rent our main floor for an event. Galleries on the upper floors can be opened for an additional fee. Food and drink are not permitted inside of the galleries. Rental of the theater or 3rd-floor conference room do not include gallery access.

Yes. The MCA is pleased to offer complimentary use of our tables, chairs, and lounge furniture on site. We have 66-inch-round tables, high boys, café tables, silver chairs, and various lounge furniture. Please contact us for more details.

Yes. In our standard rental fee, complimentary staffed coat check services are included.

For an additional fee, the MCA can provide certain AV services for your event.

Audio
$150 each—2 Sennheiser wireless handheld or headset microphones (4-hour battery life)
$50—1 Shure Beta58 wired microphone
$200 each—6 Sennheiser wireless speakers (4-hour battery life)
$25 each—6 Ultimate speaker stands
$150—1 Apple Airport Extreme & dedicated iPad for Sennheiser wireless control
$25 each—2 adjustable tables for iPad/laptop
Visual
$250—1 Panasonic LCD projector (7000 lumens, standard or short-throw lens options)
$50—1 projector cart 3’ tall
$150—1 Da-Lite Tripod Projection screen (5’ x 6’)
$350—1 Da-Lite Fast-Fold Projection screen (10’6” x 14’; requires two AV technicians to set up & strike)
$150—1 Apple Macbook Pro laptop with HDMI video output
$150—1 HP Windows laptop with DVD player and HDMI video output
$300—1 Roland VH-40 video mixer
Stage
$150 each—3 stage riser sections (4’ x 8’ x 18”)
$50 each—3 stage railings (4’ x 4’)
$15 each—7 fabric stage dressings (4’; black with Velcro mounting attachments)
Lighting
$50 each—4 Proline ThinTri64 LED stage lights
$100—1 Proline Venue Control 16 DMX lighting mixer
DJ
$150 each—2 Pioneer PLC-100X-1000 turntables (DJ should provide their own needle cartridges)
$150 each—2 Pioneer CDJ-900 Nexus CDJs
$75—1 Pioneer DJM-750-K mixer
Band
$250—2 QSC K12 PA loudspeakers
$150—3 QSC K10 stage monitors
$300—1 QSC KSub subwoofer
$100—1 Mackie ProFX 12-channel analog mixer
$350—1 Mackie DL1608 16-channel digital mixer including dedicated iPad for wireless control
$250—1 sound processing rack (8-space)
$150 each—3 Shure Beta58 wireless microphones
$50 each—3 Shure Beta58 wired microphones
$25 each—6 microphone stands
$50–250—required power and audio cabling (based on scale)

Yes. We allow vendors to begin load in 1 1/2 hours prior to your event start time (e.g. 4:30 pm for a 6 pm start time). Set up must occur after the museum closes. We also include 1 1/2 hours of breakdown time once your event ends. If your vendors require extensive setup or breakdown times, please notify us to discuss their specific needs and we will try to accommodate them.

Yes. The MCA has accessible entrances, elevators, and restrooms.

The museum requires a 50% nonrefundable deposit with a signed facility rental contract. Your final facility rental balance is due six weeks prior to your event. MCA Catering also requires a signed catering contract and a nonrefundable deposit at the time of booking. Catering must be paid in full the week prior to your event.

Yes. The MCA is pleased to have three preferred hotel partners: the Ritz Carlton, The Whitehall Hotel, and Aloft Mag Mile. Please contact them directly for rates and availability. Be sure to mention that you are hosting your event with the MCA.

We would be happy to set up a personal site visit to show you the museum and discuss your event. Site visits typically take place Tuesday–Friday during business hours (10 am–5 pm). Visits typically take 30–45 minutes. Please contact us to set up a time.

Absolutely! The Edlis Neeson Theater is available for lectures, performances, and events. Take a look at our technical specifications.

Preferred Hotel Partners

160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place
Chicago, IL 60611
312-266-1000

105 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
312-944-6300

243 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312-429-6600


Revenue from private rentals helps sustain MCA programming and exhibitions. Thank you for your support!

Can’t find your answer here? Feel free to contact us via email or by phone, 312-397-3872, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.