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11 expert recommendations
Exhibit halls branch off the central staircase... and the East and West facing glass walls have unparalleled views over Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. Full review →
The museum, though, is more interested in keeping things cutting-edge and fun than in surveying even the recent past.
It's not solely focused on fine art: Exhibits have featured the work of artists as diverse as sculptor Alexander Calder, cartoonist Daniel Clowes, and legendary musician David Bowie. Full review →
It doesn't have any permanent exhibits; this gives it a feeling of freshness, but it also makes it impossible to predict what will be on display at any time. Full review →
Although you can see the main highlights in about an hour, art lovers will want more time to wander, especially if a high-profile exhibit is in town. Full review →
Housed in a Josef Paul Kleihues-designed building in the heart of the city, MCA Chicago is one of the best contemporary art museums in the world Full review →
The Art Institute's brash, rebellious sibling, with especially strong minimalist, surrealist and book arts collections. Full review →
The task of presenting the avant-garde can be daunting, but the MCA does a good job of making the works and movements of the art of our time accessible to everyone. Full review →
Party down on First Fridays. Full review →
Add some color to an afternoon in Chicago with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country. Full review →
One of the nation’s largest contemporary art museums, the MCA presents exhibits of painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance created since 1945 Full review →