Tours

To maintain social distancing, the MCA is not currently offering tours.

To learn more about our new practices, visit our safety page.

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

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

Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera
Exhibition Opening Preview Events 5:30-7:00 PM Circle VIP Preview 7:00-9:00 PM Members' Preview

Braxton Black for Jeremy Lawson Photography

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.

Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera
Exhibition Opening Preview Events

Braxton Black for Jeremy Lawson Photography

Contemporary Art 101 Tours

Offered once a month, this tour series is a 20-minute exploration of contemporary art through a work in the MCA Collection.

Installation view, Simon Starling: Metamorphology, MCA Chicago, Jun 7–Nov 2, 2014

Gillian Fry © MCA Chicago

Stroller Tours

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

Stroller Tour, MCA Chicago, Aug 29, 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.