Located one block east of the historic Water Tower, the MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitions, performances, and programs will inspire you.

Vision and Mission

The stairs leading to the MCA's entrance are painted yellow with black text that reads, in smaller letters: "MUSEUMS ARE" and in huge letters: "NOW"

The MCA's mission is to bring artists and audiences together, presenting contemporary art and culture in ways that illuminate what it means to be a citizen of both Chicago and the world.


View of the MCA's ovular spiral staircase, from the first floor looking up

The MCA's current home at 220 East Chicago Avenue was the first US commission for renowned German rationalist architect Josef Paul Kleihues.


MCA staff members look around the gallery and listen to a man in the center speaking while pointing to an artwork beyond the edge of the frame. A large-scale painting hangs on the wall in the background.

Our staff cares about contemporary culture and works hard to bring it to our audiences. You don't have to be an artist or an art history major—just dedicated and open minded. Check out our current openings here.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is generously supported by its Board of Trustees; individual and corporate members; private and corporate foundations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and government agencies. Programming is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Museum capital improvements are supported by a Public Museum Capital Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The MCA is a proud member of Museums in the Park and receives major support from the Chicago Park District.