Our artist-led tours, workshops, and residencies, invite students and teachers to explore, debate, and reflect upon the important ideas that lie at the heart of contemporary art. All programs are free for Illinois K–12 schools and teachers.


People making a structure with tape and long beams of wood

Teachers designed a communal space for learning with artist Faheem Majeed during a Teacher Institute

Photo: Gillian Fry © MCA Chicago

Illinois elementary and high school teachers receive free admission to the MCA. Simply present a valid teacher ID at the admissions desk. Can't carry your ID with you? Email us to request a teacher pass.


Curie parade to post office, May 31, 2018

Photo: Braxton Black © MCA Chicago

School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement, also known as SPACE, is a program created to foster the creative, intellectual, and civic development of students.


Group of children sitting and kneeling in a gallery raise hands as if to answer a question

Fifth graders from Skinner West Elementary School
discuss a work by John Cage with a teaching artist during a free school tour

Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago


Generous support for school programs is provided by Anne and Chris Reyes; The Crown Family; GCM Grosvenor; Peoples Gas Community Fund; Andrea and Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds; Aon; Ariel Investments; the Harris Family Foundation; Illinois Tool Works; JHL Capital Group, LLC; Katten Muchin Rosenman; Graff; Northern Trust; William Blair & Company; the Helen Brach Foundation; Cari and Michael Sacks; and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

Major ongoing support is provided by the Cari and Michael J. Sacks Fund for Chicago Public Schools.