Museum of Contemporary Art

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Jeff Koons. Frieda Kahlo. Andy Warhol. The Museum of Contemporary Art — known as the MCA to locals — houses one of the world's largest collections of contemporary art. Even the museum itself is a work of art with its glass construction.
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Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the nation’s largest collections of the art of our times, and has, since 1945, been a place for conversation, visual stimulation, and creative learning. A wander through the massive MCA is a wonderful way to get a taste of the art scene that makes Chicago one of the most vibrant cities in the nation and a hub of creative and progressive thinking.

MCA Chicago houses thousands of pieces of post-World War II art and boasts a rich history of displaying the art of many visionary and controversial artists. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s first United States collection was housed in this building, as well as the art of Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, both famous for their contemporary and pop art.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, boasts a well-rounded permanent collection featuring such pieces as Jackie Frieze and Troy Diptych by Andy Warhol, and Four Boomerangs by Alexander Calder. MCA is home to not only an impressive permanent collection, but like any good museum, is also worth a visit for its temporary exhibits. Here’s a look at the kinds of displays one can expect to behold at MCA:

  • MCA DNA: Thomas Ruff: The first in a series of works that make up the building blocks of the MCA collection
  • Mark Bradford: A comprehensive look at the works of this artist’s career, as influenced by his formative years in Southern Los Angeles and the racial stereotyping he witnessed
  • Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection: An intimate look at the pieces that have withstood the test of time, using juxtaposition to further explore such pieces as Dovecotes and Medici Slot Machine
  • Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement in Art of the 1960s: A look at how art in a consumer society can turn into something rather sensual, featuring impressive sculptures made from scrap metal, and musical works of art

Aficionados of contemporary art are in for a treat at this museum, which easily requires several hours to navigate. After a full day of gazing, pondering, and beholding, you’ll likely be hungry, so do stop in at Puck’s Café (yep, that’s the Wolfgang Puck) for a tasty and fresh treat. You can also pick up an ultra-abstract and perhaps functional objet d’art before heading home.

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One of the best!
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Comments about Smart Destinations Museum of Contemporary Art:

One of the best art museums I have ever been to. It does it's niche well. It's a great place to check out contemporary art by contemporary artists. There's all kinds things to see - from installations to paintings to sculptures. The temporary exhibits are very ntriguin.

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220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611


Tuesday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm; Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.


Children 12 and under are free.


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220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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Take CTA: The MCA, Chicago is located four blocks east of the Chicago Avenue rail stop on the Red Line and is easily accessible by the #10 Museum and #66 Chicago Avenue buses, as well as several Michigan Avenue bus routes.
Please present your Go Select Pass to any ticket taker. They will validate it, return it to you, and let you in.

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