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Levels and Benefits

Membership Levels

Which membership is right for you? Here are the major differences:

  • Individual and discounted memberships (such as Student or Out of Town) are for one person. You receive unlimited admission for one, and 2 single-visit guest passes.
  • Household level and above provides unlimited admission for you and a guest, plus any children under 18. Four guest passes are included, plus the popular MCA tote bag.
  • Premier Friend level and above provides admission for you and up to three guests, plus reciprocal benefits at more than 85 museums across North America.
  • Premier Associate and Advocate Members also receive invitations to exclusive events.
  • Circle Donors receive admission for you and up to five guests, are recognized on our donor wall, and are invited to attend events with curators and artists.

Basic Membership

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

Our basic memberships give you access to some of the most exciting contemporary art in the world through free admission and discounted tickets to our MCA Stage performances and public programs, as well as invitations to Members' Previews of major exhibitions. You also enjoy discounts in the MCA Store and on MCA dining.

Premier Membership

Members at the preview of Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, Apr 29, 2009

Photo: © MCA Chicago

As a Premier Member you receive more opportunities to get involved with the MCA on a deeper level. Free admission for additional guests as well as more guest passes allows you to share your passion for contemporary art with more people. Plus, reciprocal privileges at more than 100 museums across the country, with more than 20 just in California and New York, gives you greater access to art throughout North America.

Circle Donors

Members at the Circle Preview of the 2015 Benefit Art Auction

Photo: Jeremy Lawson © MCA Chicago

Circle Donors represent a vital core of the museum’s dedicated contributors. When you become a Circle Donor, you join a community of art enthusiasts who are passionate about deepening their understanding of the world around them, visualized through contemporary art. To our inner circle of donors, we extend a number of exclusive benefits, including invitations to Circle Previews—premier opportunities to see and celebrate MCA exhibitions first—along with a full calendar of exclusive Circle Donor events throughout the year. Becoming a Circle Donor opens the doors to connect and converse with some of today’s most forward-thinking artists, influential collectors, and world-class curators while supporting an institution that prioritizes innovation and community outreach.

Director’s Vision Council

DVC members gather for an event with Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn

Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography © MCA Chicago

The ultimate in MCA membership categories, the Director’s Vision Council (DVC) offers our generous donors unprecedented access to premier contemporary artists, curators, and cultural thinkers. Members receive exclusive invitations to an annual DVC Think Tank hosted by Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, international travel opportunities, and an intimate contemporary art discussion group led by the MCA curatorial team.

Member Benefits

All members gain access to:

  • Free, unlimited admission to the museum and to special exhibitions.
  • Invitations to Members’ Previews for you and a guest.
  • Free programs, talks, and tours.
  • Member News emails with insider-only updates.
  • First notice of ticket sale dates for Tuesdays on the Terrace summer music series.
  • Generous discounts, including:
    • Up to 20% discount on events, programs, and performances.
    • 10% discount at Marisol Restaurant and Bar.
    • 10% discount in the MCA Store; 20% discount during Members' Double Discount Days.
    • $5 off museum parking.

The MCA Tote, an exclusive perk for members at the Household level and above