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Directions and Parking

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We are located at 220 East Chicago Avenue, one block east of Michigan Avenue.

Public transportation

We are located four blocks east of the Chicago Avenue stop on the CTA Red Line. You can also take the #10 Museum and #66 Chicago Avenue buses, as well as several Michigan Avenue bus routes.

For routes, schedules, and fares, call Chicago Transit Authority Travel Information at 312-836-7000 or visit Chicago Transit Authority.

Biking

Bicycle racks are located at the corner of Mies van der Rohe Way and East Pearson Street; at the corner of Mies van der Rohe Way and Chicago Avenue; and inside the MCA garage on Chicago Avenue just east of the museum itself. For directions, visit Ride the City.

Divvy bikes

There is a Divvy bike dock on the southwest side of the MCA, at the corner of Mies van der Rohe Way and Chicago Avenue. For bike pricing and availability, visit Divvy.

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Tree branches frame the front of the grid-like front of the MCA building on a sunny day
A view of the MCA as you approach from the intersection of Michigan and Chicago Avenue Photo: Steven Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Driving

Directions from Lake Shore Drive

Traveling south on Lake Shore Drive

  1. Take Lake Shore Drive south to the Chestnut Street exit (the first traffic light after the curve south of Oak Street Beach).
  2. Turn left onto southbound Inner Lake Shore Drive.
  3. Take Inner Lake Shore Drive south for two blocks to Chicago Avenue.
  4. Turn right (west) onto Chicago Avenue. The parking garage will be on your right, just after the light at Fairbanks Court.

Traveling north on Lake Shore Drive

(This route may be unavailable during the morning rush hour.)

  1. Take Lake Shore Drive north to the left-side exit for Chicago Avenue.
  2. Turn left onto Chicago Avenue. The parking garage will be on your right, just after the light at Fairbanks Court.

Directions from the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290)

  1. Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) east until it ends and becomes Congress Parkway.
  2. Take Congress Parkway east past the Chicago River for about one mile to Columbus Drive.
  3. Turn left onto Columbus Drive.
  4. Take Columbus Drive north (the street name changes to Fairbanks Court).
  5. Take Fairbanks Court until it ends at Chicago Avenue.
  6. Turn left onto Chicago Avenue. The parking garage will be immediately on your right just before you reach the museum.

Directions from the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94)

  1. Take the East Ohio Street/600 North exit (exit number 50B).
  2. Turn slightly left onto Ohio Street.
  3. Take Ohio Street east for about one mile, two blocks past Michigan Avenue, to Fairbanks Court.
  4. Turn left onto Fairbanks Court.
  5. Take Fairbanks Court north until it ends at Chicago Avenue.
  6. Turn left onto Chicago Avenue. The parking garage will be immediately on your right just before you reach the museum.

The front of the building is on Mies van der Rohe Way, between Chicago Avenue (to the south) and Pearson Street (to the north), one block east of Michigan Avenue and one block west of Fairbanks Court. Before you leave the MCA, be sure to bring your parking ticket to the front desk to receive validation for a reduced parking rate.

Parking

Enter our parking garage from Chicago Avenue just west of Fairbanks Court. Ask a visitor services associate to validate your parking ticket to receive a reduced rate. MCA Members receive a $5 discount off the standard parking rate and nonmembers receive a $4 discount. Joining us for an MCA Stage performance? Be sure to ask at coat check for our special parking discount. If you have any questions, call the Parking Garage at 312-986-2024.

Parking rates

Less than 30 minutes $6
30 minutes–1 hour $17
1–2 hours $27
2–3 hours $34
3–12 hours $39
12–24 hours $44

Early Morning Special (Mon–Fri only):
Enter between 5–9 am and exit before 7 pm for $18.

(Rates may vary for special events)

Additional discounted parking with validation is available at The Bernardin, 747 North Wabash Avenue, just two blocks west of Michigan Avenue at the corner of Chicago and Wabash.