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Museum of Contemporary Art - Fast Facts


Museum of Contemporary Art - Fast Facts
© Jennifer Roche

Overview of the Museum of Contemporary Art:

Since its inception in 1967, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has grown to become the city's premiere destination for viewing, exploring, and exhibiting contemporary art.

The MCA focuses on art created since 1945 and on fostering a diverse community of people and experiences. It maintains a robust calendar of performances, classes, lectures, and exhibits as well as a restaurant, theater, and store.

Location and Phone Numbers:

The MCA is located east of the old Water Tower and Michigan Avenue in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.

220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
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Info:(312) 280-2660
Box Office: (312) 397-4010
Member Services: (312) 397-4040


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. FREE
Wednesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Puck's Restaurant :

The main floor of the MCA features a Wolfgang Puck restaurant called Puck's. It's a bright and airy room overlooking Lake Shore Park with glimpses of Lake Michigan in the distance. The menu is reliable and creative, and an express counter offers to-go service as an alternative.

On warmer days, Puck's serves meals out on the terrace. When they do, it becomes one of the loveliest lunching spots in Chicago.

Restaurant Hours:
  • Tu to Sat from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sun Brunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Reservations: (312)397-4034
    Express Counter Hours:
  • Tu from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wed to Sun from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Both Closed on Mon


The MCA is free on Tuesdays.
At all other times there is a "suggeted" donation of $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students with IDs. Children under 12 are free.

Architecture - Building by Josef Paul Kleihues :

The MCA is one of the city's jewels. My only wish was that they were much less conservative with their architectural choice when they opened their new site in 1996. The building is a bit sedate, in my opinion, for the forward-thinking art presented within.

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