Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" Ticketing FAQs

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MCA Members receive priority entry!

General Admission

Timed tickets for Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" are the cost of general admission: adults, $15; students/seniors, $8; and free for visitors 18 and under.

No, but it is strongly recommended.

While tickets for visitors under 18 are free, it is still recommended that they are reserved ahead of time.

Youth tickets to the Virgil Abloh exhibit are strictly limited to two per customer and may only be used by guests aged 18 and under. Age will be verified when the guest enters the exhibit. Anyone presenting a youth ticket who is not 18 and under will be charged full price for their ticket. The account holder must be present at the time of admission to the galleries.

Yes. All children under 18 are free but need to be accounted for through our ticketing system.

Walk-up tickets may be available on the day of your visit.

You may reserve walk-up tickets on the day of your visit.

You may reserve walk-up tickets on the day of your visit.

A limited number of walk-up tickets will be held exclusively for members each day.

Yes! These tickets grant you general museum admission. You are encouraged to visit all other exhibitions on view before and after your entry time.

You are welcome to stay until the museum closes, however, there is no reentry into the exhibition.

Illinois residents will need to reserve their free tickets in-person on Tuesdays.

Only MCA Members may exchange their tickets for free. No other refunds or exchanges are available.

No. You can print your tickets or display them on a mobile device for entry.

Tickets will be emailed by June 1, 2019.

Yes. You must enter the exhibition within a half hour of your entry time. For example, if your tickets are for 10 am, you must enter between 10 and 10:29 am.

Unfortunately, tickets cannot be exchanged. You must enter the exhibition within a half hour of your entry time.

Weekdays and mornings are typically quieter. The first and last two weeks of the exhibition will be the most crowded.

Yes. Group visits must be booked in advance. Contact the Box Office for more information.

Yes! However, you will still need to get a timed ticket to view Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” and for this offer, they can only be reserved day of, in person. Please note that in person tickets are subject to availability.

Fast Pass holders skip the general admission line and enter the exhibition via the designated Fast Pass line. For $50 per person, Fast Pass holders have access to all the exhibitions at the MCA, including Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech." There is a limited quantity available.

If visitors want to purchase two Fast Passes at $50 each, our Visitor Experience team highly recommends considering a household membership for only $85.

No! Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is included with general museum admission, but due to capacity, it is a timed entry, so you will need to pick a specific time to enter upon purchasing.

No. In fact, Virgil Abloh designed the 4th floor pop-up shop, "Church and State,” as a part of the exhibition. In order to shop at the exclusive store, you need to buy a timed ticket and enter the exhibition first.

Any tickets purchased through a third party site (like TravelZoo, GoChicago, or Tiqets) include admission to the museum itself. Timed admission for ”Figures of Speech” is not guaranteed. Stop by the admissions desk when you arrive and, pending availability, we’ll book a time slot for "Figures of Speech" at no additional charge.

Unfortunately, we cannot process refunds for any third party vendors. If you would like to request a refund, you will need to contact the company you purchased museum admission from.

The last guaranteed ticket time for Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" is 1.5 hours before the museum closes. So, on Tuesdays and Fridays, the last time slot available is at 7:30 pm. On all other days of the week, the last available time slot is 3:30 pm.

Members Tickets

Yes! Daily ticket allotments for each membership level are as follows:

  • Individual/Student/Out-of-Town members: 1 free admission for yourself
  • Household/Senior members: 2 free admission for you and one adult, plus any children under 18
  • Premier members: 4 free admission for you and up to 3 guests, plus any children under 18
  • Circle members: 6 free admission for you and up to 5 guests, plus any children under 18
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Yes! Guest passes can be redeemed for walk-up tickets on the day of your visit.

No, you do not.

If you will be joining your guest, check in at the admissions desk to redeem the guest pass for your desired time slot.

If you will not be joining your guest, they can redeem their pass at the admissions desk for the next available time slot.

Unfortunately guest passes are not replaceable.

Yes. MCA membership guest passes never expire.

Please bring your member card and ID each time you visit. We can print a temporary card with your member number if you cannot find your card.

No. Memberships are not transferrable and a named member must be present to access your benefits. A matching ID may be requested when checking in.

Members at the Household level and above may add a second name. To verify or update your information, please contact Member Services at 312-397-4040, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm, or at [email protected].

No. Memberships and membership benefits are not transferrable. A named member must be present to use member tickets.

Yes. Reciprocal members receive free admission for two guests. These tickets must be reserved in-person and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Find out if your museum membership is reciprocal.