Hours and Admission

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am–9 pm
Wed–Thu 10 am–5 pm
Fri 10 am–9 pm
Sat–Sun 10 am–5 pm

Closed Mondays* as well as New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Admission is FREE for Illinois residents on Tuesdays

Holiday Monday hours

*The museum is open from 10 am–5 pm on select holiday Mondays, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

MCA Store Hours


Tue 10 am–9 pm
Wed–Thu 10 am–6 pm
Fri 10 am–9 pm
Sat–Sun 10 am–6 pm
Closed Mondays*

*Open 10 am–5 pm on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day


Tue 10 am–9 pm
Wed–Thu 10 am–6 pm
Fri 10 am–9 pm
Sat–Mon 10 am–6 pm

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Closes at 5 pm on New Year's Eve, Labor Day, and Christmas Eve

Marisol Restaurant and Bar Hours


Tue–Fri 11:30–2 pm
Tue–Sat 5:30–10 pm
Sun 10 am–2:30 pm


Tue–Thu 5:30–10 pm
Fri–Sat 5:30–11 pm

Counter Service

Tue & Fri 8 am–8 pm
Wed & Thu 8 am–5 pm
Sat & Sun 10 am–5 pm

Closed Monday


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.

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
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.

Admission is valid all day. Feel free to come and go as you please, just make sure to save your receipt and admission tab.

Group Admission

Visiting in a large group? Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission when they book and prepay at least two weeks in advance. To purchase advance group admission, call 312-397-4010.

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

Three visitors look at a large painting, which depicts a painting of Harriet Tubman and her husband. The painting shows the portrait being held in place by men wearing gloves with a yellow level propped against the wall below.
The Lopez family admires Kerry James Marshall’s work specifically created for the Benefit Art Auction during a Members’ Preview, Oct 22, 2015. Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography, © MCA Chicago.