MCA: A great way to spend a day

MCA: A great way to spend a day
Marisol restaurant on the ground floor of the MCA

With the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) having reopened on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, after exceeding requirements for safe operations under city, state, and CDC health guidelines, Chicago is taking another big step back to normal.

The museum welcomes back visitors after its second closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is planning to be open at reduced capacity six days a week with free admission for Illinois visitors on Tuesdays. 

If you’ve been a regular at this magnificent venue you already know what an awesome place it is.

If you have never been to the MCA or haven’t visited it in years, you really need to stop by.

The Exhibits

Current exhibitions include The Long Dream, Christina Quarles and Chicago Comics: 1960 to Now with video tours featuring MCA curators on, and engage with artists online through Virtual Artist’s Talks and Studio Visits on Facebook Live, which includes artisans and designers from the MCA Store. 

Jewelry designer Lorraine West presents new and exclusive styles in collaboration with the MCA Store alongside Chicago-based, women-run businesses such Cities in Dust, Nikki Cade, and Lingua Nigra. The MCA Store is open during museum hours and offers curbside pickup for online orders placed at

Programs & Performances

Special Programing and performances reimagined for the virtual space. Highlights include Open Dialogue: adrienne marie brown (March 19) and Music Talk: Justin Vivian Bond and Jim Hodges (March 27). A full lineup of programs is available on 

Beyond the exhibits

The MCA has always been a bright airy space but after ab extensive renovation in 2017, the space can onllly be described as exquisite.

The reimagining of many of the MCA’s public spaces, stayed inside the original 12,000 square-foot footprint of the building, while creating public spaces that are free and accessible, from day to night.

The major projects included a destination restaurant (Marisol) on the ground floor that connects to a new engagement space on the second floor, a new third floor with classrooms and a flexible meeting space were also created.


The MCA is open Tuesdays from 10 am to 9 : Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. The Marisol restaurant is not open at this time but you can order food and beverages at the counter adjoining the restaurant.
Visitors are encouraged to make online reservations in advance through a touchless admission process, or call the museum to hear a current schedule of low-traffic dates and times.

Address: 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Safety Guidelines

With the health and safety of the community as its top priority, the MCA maintains extensive safety measures that follow the latest city, state, and CDC guidelines for social distancing and sanitization. A full roster of safety measures is online at

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