Hours and Admission


The MCA’s building is temporarily closed to support the city of Chicago's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We take the health and safety of the public and our museum staff as our highest priority.


Museum hours
  • Fri 11 am6 pm
  • Sat–Sun 11 am6 pm
  • Mon–Thu Closed*
Store hours
  • Fri 11 am6 pm
  • Sat–Sun 11 am6 pm
  • Mon Closed*
  • Tues 9 am5 pm
  • Wed–Thu Closed*

The first hour of the day, 11 am–noon, is reserved for people at an increased risk.

The Store closes at 5 pm on Labor Day and on the eves of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.

The Store and Museum are closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Museums for All

We believe art should be accessible to everyone. Your admission fee supports our exhibitions and programs. But to encourage more people to visit and visit often, the MCA has a pay-what-you-can policy—no one will be turned away.

We also offer suggested admission of $3 each for up to six individuals when visitors present their LINK (EBT) Card as part of the Museums for All program.

The MCA is a proud participant in the Museums for All program, another way to increase access to the museum. Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between ACM and IMLS that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. By removing the financial barrier, Museums for All also removes the social and academic barrier children face when they are not exposed to high-quality museum experiences.


Suggested Admission

$15 Adults
$8 Students, teachers, and seniors
Free for MCA Members and anyone 18 and under.

As a Blue Star Museum, we are free for members of the military and police and fire departments and veterans

Visitors with disabilities and their caregivers receive free admission.

Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays

$3 tickets for up to six individuals when visitors present their LINK (EBT) Card as part of the Museums for All program.

Illinois elementary and high school teachers receive free admission. Simply present a valid teacher ID at the admissions desk.

Call us at 312-280-2660 or email [email protected] to learn about other special offers and discounts as well as partnerships with universities, corporations, and other organizations that include free admission.

Private tours are also available. Please call 312-397-3898 for more information.

Featured image

Teen Creative Agency members facilitating public programs at the MCA. March 30, 2019
Photo: Grace DuVal