Tickets for the opening reception can be purchased at the event.

Featured image

Three whale or giant fish forms, made of light tan colored sticks of some kind, are suspended from the ceiling of a large warehouse space.
Vernissage 2015 at Festival Hall
Photo: Braxton Black Photography

event times

5–7 pm
VIP Patron Reception

6–9 pm
Opening Reception

event description

The MCA hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. This extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA Women’s Board, is the city’s most anticipated art event of the year.

Entering its fifth edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 145 leading galleries around the world, including EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. The exposition provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds for the MCA Education Department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

Corporate Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Event partners

Restaurant participants

Thanks to our participating restaurants for the Patron Reception:

Ada Street Lula Cafe
Coco Pazzo Cafe MK
Chicago Raw Publican Quality Meats
Devon Seafood Grill Riva Restaurant
Eli's Cheesecake Skinny Pop
Goodies Tanta
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab The Windsor
Jordan's Food of Distinction Yusho