Hours and Admission

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am–8 pm
Wed–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

MCA Store Hours


Tue 10 am–8 pm
Wed–Sun 10 am–6 pm

Closed Mondays


Tue 10 am–8 pm
Wed–Mon 10 am–6 pm

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

MCA Café Closed for Redesign

We are creating a street-level restaurant helmed by one of Chicago's brightest culinary stars. A temporary café is currently available in the Lefkofsky Family Lobby on the second floor.

During museum hours, coffee, pastries, and other beverages—as well as Farmer’s Fridge takeout items—are available for purchase.

Each Tuesday, from 11:30 am–1:30 pm, the MCA hosts a new pop-up restaurant from the Chicago area.


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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


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

$12 Adults
$7 Students and seniors
Free for MCA Members, members of the military and police and fire departments, veterans, and children 12 and under
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.

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.