For Our Neighbors


Overlooking Lake Michigan to the east and the historic Water Tower to the west, the MCA is located in the heart of Streeterville. Nestled between two neighborhood parks—Seneca and Lake Shore—we are proud to be an asset to our local community, and we care deeply about being a good neighbor. Below is an overview of information and programs that benefit our neighbors.

Installation view, Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera, MCA Chicago February 23 - May 5, 2019. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
A band plays under the new, overhead garden installed in our second-floor Commons space. Photo: Tim Tab Studios.
Anna Halprin and Lawrence Halprin, “Ritual Celebration,” Kentfield, CA. Halprin Summer Workshop, day thirteen, July 13, 1968. The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania, by the gift of Lawrence Halprin.



Through May 5, 2019

This major fourth floor exhibition presents four decades of photography by pioneering American artist Laurie Simmons, who uses photography to deconstruct archetypal gender roles and upends the American dream of prosperity.


In honor of Simmons's activism to expose inequality across the lines of gender, sexuality, and race, the MCA is offering $12 admission to any visitor who has been affected by the gender pay gap during the exhibition. $12 is about 81% of the regular $15 suggested admission price, which represents the average gender pay gap that women experience in the US. This percentage was determined using data from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.



Mar 21, 6 pm

Join chef Jason Hammel of Marisol and winemaker Martha Stoumen for a collaborative menu on March 21. The dinner will feature wine pairings from Stoumen’s small Northern Californian label which produces organic, minimal intervention wines. Tickets to this special event are $100 (includes tax and gratuity). Purchase tickets by emailing:


You Pick 2

The MCA presents a bold, global, and topical lineup of performances and programs that take place throughout the museum, from the theater to the Commons. Receive 20% off your order when you pick 2 events or more.* Exchanges are free; members receive an additional 10% off.

*Applies to select ticketed events. Please call Box Office at 312-397-4010 for more information.


Tuesday and Friday Evening Programs

Did you know that the MCA offers free public programming every Tuesday and Friday evening? Experience live performances, workshops, talks, and screenings led by Chicago artists in the Commons when the museum is open until 9 pm. Take a look at our calendar to plan your next visit.

An aerial view of the MCA shows the museum in its bustling city surroundings with Lake Michigan in the distance.
Photo: T McDonald Photography @tmcd.chi.

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