Tours

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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 daily, 45-minute tours of the museum's exhibitions. Tour groups meet at the second-floor admissions desk.

TUE–FRI
1 pm*

SAT–SUN
1 and 2 pm

*Tours on select Tuesdays, January 9 and 23 and February 13 and 27, start at 1:30 pm in the Commons, located on the second floor, in conjunction with our new program Learning to See: Viewing with All Senses.

Tour guide and visitors with artwork
Our intimate tours offer engaging conversations with docents or artist guides. Pictured: Public tour of The Language of Less (Then and Now), Oct 18, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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.

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.

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.

Illinois School Tours

Our dynamic school tours help Illinois students, grades K–12, understand contemporary art and its context by encouraging questions and participation. A variety of tours, including artist-guided as well as self-guided, are available.

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.

An artist guide converses with students in BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap (Oct 11, 2014–Febr 24, 2015) during a Teacher Institute student tour on October 31, 2015. Photo: Joshua Longbrake, © MCA Chicago.

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.)