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Vernissage is presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO

The MCA hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. This extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA Women’s Board, is the city’s most highly anticipated event of the year. Entering its fourth edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 140 leading galleries around the world, including EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. The exposition provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA Education Department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

Vernissage Cochairs

  • Marlene Breslow-Blitstein
  • Andi DeMar

Loren Friend


Vernissage 2014

Photo: Braxton Black for Jeremy Lawson Photography © MCA Chicago

Vernissage is generously sponsored by

Participating Restaurants at VIP Patron Reception

  • Ada Street
  • El Ideas
  • Embeya
  • Gemini Bistro/Rustic House
  • Goose Foot
  • Harry Caray’s Jordan’s Food of Distinction



In-Kind Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Event Partner