MCA programs offer something for everyone. Sometimes experimental or off-beat, they are always thoughtful and provocative. Many events are free with museum admission, others require a moderate fee. For tickets or information visit the Box Office or call 312-397-4010. To see what's on next, take a look at the Calendar.

MCA Stage

A dancer on a stage reaches their arms and right leg upward, arching their entire body. To their left, a man stands in a spotlight facing the audience.

Cutting-edge dance, theater, and music from Chicago and around the world push the boundaries of performance in the intimate Edlis Neeson Theater.


A woman wearing forearm crutches is captured in motion as if leaping over a man crawling on the floor.

View classical works on the stage, improvised performances in the sculpture garden, or contemporary works on the staircase. Dance at the MCA happens everywhere and for everyone.

Live Arts

Two humanoid puppets hold hands while seated on a tiny wooden stage.

The MCA is a vital platform for experimentation, where visitors experience art and performance throughout the museum.


A man plays a soprano saxophone on stage while a woman beats an enormous taiko drum in the background.

Using sound, lights, and video, performers from around the world create new experiences that expand your concept of music.


In this animation still, a swimmer gazes into a body of green water.

Our movies are screened anywhere we can project moving images. Popcorn not included.


Against a black backdropped stage, a man reclines in an armchair speaking into a microphone while another leans in to listen, waiting his turn.

Innovative thinkers and makers discuss contemporary art and ideas. Nothing is off limits.


Two men sit at a table. The closest man's face is illuminated by a projector, which casts his shadow onto a blue background.

Performers from Chicago and around the world bring groundbreaking works to the Edlis Neeson Theater and spaces around the museum.


A young child lays on the ground to draw on a clipboard with a crayon.

Join a master class, sit in on an open rehearsal, or learn a new skill or craft—there are workshops for all ages and interests.