- Michigan Avenue
- 220 E. Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611
- Tu 10-9 (Free for IL residents); W-Th 10-5; F 10-9; Sa–Su 10-5; M Closed
Since its founding in 1967, the MCA has earned a reputation for presenting groundbreaking exhibitions of work by local, national, and international artists.
In 1969, Christo wrapped the museum with 8,000 square feet of tarpaulin and rope in the artist’s first building wrap. In 1978, Gordon Matta-Clark sawed through the walls and floors of the museum’s new annex, creating the first “ex-stallation” in the space.
Focused on originating new shows, the MCA also became known for highlighting talent and giving emerging artists their first major exhibitions. These artists include Dan Flavin (1967), George Segal (1968), Richard Artschwager (1973), Leon Golub (1974), Frida Kahlo (1978), Kenneth Josephson (1983), Rebecca Horn (1984), Jeff Koons (1988), and Gerhard Richter (1988).
The MCA boasts an award-winning store and Marisol, the restaurant and bar, feauturing innovative flavors from Chicago chef Jason Hammel in an immersive art environment designed by internationally renowned artist Chris Offili.
Image: MCA building exterior at night. Photo: Peter McCullough, © MCA Chicago.