MCA Café

Sit and relax with a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or bite to eat in the MCA Café. For al fresco dining, the Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden is the perfect spot to enjoy the sculpture garden. Place your order and we'll bring it to you.


Tue 10 am–8 pm
Wed–Sun 10 am–5 pm
Closed Mondays

Museum admission is not required to dine. Please note, our full menu is served from 11 am–2:30 pm; grab-and-go snacks are available 10 am to close. Outdoor seating on our Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden is seasonally available.

Contact the café at 312-397-4034 with any questions. For parties of 12 or more, please call in advance: 312-397-3883.

The MCA Café is also an ideal venue for many kinds of events. Our venue rental page provides information about spaces, capacity, and catering.

Tuesdays on the Terrace

On Tuesdays in June–September, stay cool with the breeze off the lake and performances by local jazz musicians from 5:30–8 pm on the Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden.

Many thanks to WDCB 90.9, the Media Sponsor of this signature summer event.

A room with orange chairs and white tables and a ceiling plane made of gray, open-sided cubes that seamlessly transitions into a grid of illusionistic cubes on the wall
The MCA Café offers a relaxed environment to rest and refuel during your visit or when you’re just passing through. Installation view, Johnston Marklee: Grid Is a Grid Is a Grid Is a Grid Is a Grid, Oct 1, 2015–Jan 2, 2016 Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


From grab and go to made to order, for vegans to carnivores, our menu has something for everyone. Please note: full lunch menu is available from 11 am to 2:30 pm, Tuesday–Sunday.