The MCA offers a variety of intimate tours designed to help you navigate the many concepts, methods, materials, and ideas that contemporary artists incorporate in their work. Join the conversation by taking a tour that's suited to your interests and schedule.

Daily tours

Want to know more about what's on view? Docents give free daily tours of the museum's exhibitions. Tours meet at the second-floor admissions desk and last about 45 minutes.

1 and 2 pm

1 pm

Noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm

Private tours

Private guided tours are led by artist guides—practicing artists who receive special training around each MCA exhibition. Our guides are experts at sharing background information about the artists and artworks, providing social and historical context, and creating connections with everyday life.

Tours last 45–60 minutes and emphasize discovery, interpretation, and conversation. To ensure an intimate experience, groups exceeding 20 guests will be split and a second guide will be booked (this will not affect the cost of your tour). To book your private, guided tour, please fill out the reservation request form. For questions regarding your tour, please call 312-397-3898 or email [email protected].


A $75 guide fee is charged for groups of 12 or fewer, plus individual admission fees (adults $12; seniors and students $7). Groups of 13 or more are charged per person (adults $18; seniors $14; students $12).*

*Tour fees include the cost of museum admission for the entire day, allowing you to spend time at the museum before or after your artist-guided tour. Please make your tour request at least one month prior. All tours must be fully paid two weeks in advance. Payment for private guided tours is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Members and other admission agreement holders do not receive additional discounts.

Segunda Semana

Recorre las exposiciones con una guía bilingüe Español-Inglés, el segundo martes de cada mes a las 6 pm en punto. Para participar en la gira reúnese en el mostrador de entradas, localizado en la planta número dos. Duración 45 minutos.

(Join a bilingual MCA docent on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 pm for a tour in Spanish. Tours meet at the second-floor admissions desk and last around 45 minutes.)

School tours

Our dynamic school tours help students understand contemporary art and its context by encouraging questions and participation. A variety of tours led by teaching artists are available to Illinois students, grades K–12.

To book a tour or learn more, visit our schools page. For out-of-state school tours, please see our private guided tours information above.

Stroller tours

Explore contemporary art with your little one in tow. On the first Wednesday of every month, the MCA offers guided tours to moms, dads, caregivers, and their little ones.


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Tour guide and visitors with artwork
Our intimate tours offer engaging conversations with docents or artist guides.

Public tour of The Language of Less (Then and Now), Oct 18, 2011
Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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Guide and stroller tour participants viewing a large painting
A stroller tour during Mark Bradford, MCA Chicago, May 28–Sep 18, 2011 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

MCA Store

Special discount opportunities in the MCA Store are available for private guided tours.