Host an Event

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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?

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  • 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 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.
  • Bright light floods a room from a wall of windows. Vibrant, warm-colored planters hang above a well-stocked bar.
  • A bride and groom embrace while looking at trees and cityscape through the MCA's fourth floor windows.
  • 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.
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.
  1. Long A groom twirls his bride in the MCA's back garden at dusk. They face away from you with the Hancock building extending into the evening sky above them. Between the skyline and the dancers are three yellow blobby sculptural figures on the MCA terrace that mirror the poses of the dancers.
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.
  1. Long An open brightly lit room is almost all white except for a vibrant, warm-colored planters hanging from the ceiling. The geometric planters are filled with a variety of cascading plant tendrils in shades of green and maroon. Against the far wall of the room is a long mirrored cocktail bar stocked with various liquors and glasses. The front of the bar features a large white geometric pattern. In the corners of the image are three white Chiavari chairs.
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.
  1. Long You are looking at a light-haired bride dressed in a black-and-white wedding gown. Her hair is pulled back into an elegant bun with a few pieces falling to the nape of her neck. Next to her stands her groom who wears glasses and a traditional tuxedo with a black bowtie and white shirt, on his lapel is a small white rose bug. Together they cut through a wedding cake made up of five ascending box-like layers with the top layer being slightly larger than the one below it. On each cake layer are black-and-white geometric patterns of stripes, triangles, or grids. Above the couple is a black cube-like structure that mirrors the style of the cake. The couple's faces are softly illuminated with a warm light. Most of the light source comes from the acrylic table in front of the couple on which sits the wedding cake. Decorating each end of the table are small bouquets of white tulips and dark green foliage, around the bouquets are black satin bows.
Photo: Studio This Is.

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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.
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.
  1. Long A long room is set up for a party. A bright white gridded ceiling is reflected onto the dark floor below. Throughout the space, shocks of red light accentuate the columns that frame floor-to-ceiling windows, which reveal the Chicago night on the right. Cocktail tables, draped in purple fabric and set with flickering tea lights and small bouquets, line the walls. Large, black graphics reading "POP ART" fill the left-hand walls of the space.
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.

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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.

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

FAQs

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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.

MCA Warehouse

A brick-walled room with large warehouse windows is set for an event with many linen-covered roundtables. Each table is set for dinner lit with candles creating a warm glow and features an elaborate centerpiece of tall twisting vines and white flowers.

The recently renovated MCA Warehouse can be transformed into anything you can imagine—from sophisticated black-tie dinners to out-of-the-ordinary parties; elegant weddings to corporate meetings.

  1. Long A room in an industrial space is set for a formal occasion with many round linen-covered tables surrounded by dark-colored Chiavari chairs with light fabric cushions. Each table has place settings for a multiple course meal, each with silver cutlery and a napkin gracefully laid next to a cluster of sparkling glasses for champagne, wine, and water. Tea lights brighten the center of the table where a centerpiece of woody twisting branches dotted with small white flowers reaches up toward the ceiling.

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

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

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Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans II, 1969. Screenprint on paper; 35 × 23 in. (88.9 × 58.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Beatrice Cummings Mayer, 1991.89.1. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; Marisol, Six Women, 1965–66. Wood, paint, mirrors, shoes, formica, and plaster; 69 × 105 × 52 in. (175.3 × 266.7 × 132.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the artist, 1968.1. © 2018 Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; Catering at an MCA wedding. Photo: Jennifer Shaffer Photography, www.jennifershafferphoto.com; Wedding in the MCA's atrium. Photo: Jennifer Shaffer Photography, www.jennifershafferphoto.com; A newly married couple dancing. Photo: Jennifer Shaffer Photography, www.jennifershafferphoto.com; A newly married couple on the terrace photo. Photo: Jennifer Shaffer Photography, www.jennifershafferphoto.com; Callie Lipkin, exterior photo. Photo: Callie Lipkin Photography.