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Chicago Contemporary Arts Museum (MCA)

One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

Mission Statement
The mission of the MCA is to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.

The Museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite, challenge, and illuminate our visitors and to provide insight into the creative process.

The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion about contemporary art and culture.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is located at 220 East Chicago Avenue, just one block east of Michigan Avenue, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.
Phone 312.280.2660
TDD 312.397.4006
FAX 312.397.4095

Museum Hours  

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am to 8 pm
Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Thanksgiving, Christmas,
New Year's Day

Admission is free all day on Tuesdays

Free Daily Tours
Join an MCA Volunteer Guide for a tour of the museum’s exhibitions and collection. All tours last forty-five minutes and meet in the second-floor lobby.

Tuesday: 1 and 6 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 1 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am, noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm

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