Levels and Benefits

All members gain access to

  • Members' Previews, including admission for you and a guest to exclusive events that offer a first look at new exhibitions and connect you with the best contemporary culture in Chicago

  • Programs, talks, and tours that are included with regular admission, and free for members

  • The MCA Magazine, published and mailed exclusively to members three times a year

  • 20% discount on ticketed events on the MCA Stage, including theater, dance, and music performances by today's leading and rising stars Members get an additional 10% on MCA Stage Packages

  • 10% discount in the MCA Store on site and online year-round, as well as Members' Double Discount Day promotions throughout the year

  • Discounts on MCA dining

  • $5 discount in the MCA garage

Which membership is right for you?

Here are the major differences:

  • Individual and discounted memberships (such as Student or Out of Town) are for one person. You receive unlimited admission for one, and 2 single-visit guest passes.
  • Household level and above provides unlimited admission for you and a guest, plus any children under 18. Four guest passes are included, plus the popular MCA tote bag.
  • Premier Friend level and above provides admission for you and up to three guests, plus reciprocal benefits at more than 85 museums across North America.
  • Premier Associate and Advocate Members also receive invitations to exclusive events.
  • Circle Donors receive admission for you and up to five guests, are recognized on our donor wall, and are invited to attend events with curators and artists.

Basic Membership

Three visitors look at a large painting, which depicts a painting of Harriet Tubman and her husband. The painting shows the portrait being held in place by men wearing gloves with a yellow level propped against the wall below.

Our memberships give you access to some of the most exciting contemporary art in the world through free admission and discounted tickets to our MCA Stage performances and public programs, as well as invitations to Members' Previews of major exhibitions. You also enjoy discounts in the MCA Store and on MCA dining.


The MCA Tote, an exclusive perk for members at the Household level and above