While sometimes experimental or off-beat, MCA programs offer something for everyone. These provocative events take place throughout the museum, from the Edlis Neeson Theater to the Commons, and are often free with museum admission. Those listed with a ticket icon require a moderate fee. For tickets and information visit the Box Office or call 312-397-4010. To see what's next, take a look at the Calendar.


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In an urban space filled with graffiti, a light-skinned brunette in a flowy white skirt gracefully bends her body forward in a dance-like motion.

View classical works on the stage, improvised performances in the sculpture garden, or contemporary works on the staircase. Dance at the MCA happens everywhere and for everyone.

Live Arts

Two humanoid puppets hold hands while seated on a tiny wooden stage.

The MCA is a vital platform for experimentation, where visitors experience art and performance throughout the museum.


In this animation still, a swimmer gazes into a body of green water.

Featuring works of contemporary cinema that expand traditional notions of moviegoing.


Against a black backdropped stage, a man reclines in an armchair speaking into a microphone while another leans in to listen, waiting his turn.

Innovative thinkers and makers discuss contemporary art and ideas. Nothing is off limits.


A young child lays on the ground to draw on a clipboard with a crayon.

Join a master class, sit in on an open rehearsal, or learn a new skill or craft—there are workshops for all ages and interests.