Visit Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art this holiday season and beyond

Established in 1967, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of the world’s premier institutions celebrating the work of leading contemporary artists. Located just off Michigan Avenue near the historic Chicago Water Tower and the John Hancock Building, the 220,000-square-foot venue was designed by Berlin architect Josef Paul Klienhues and features three stories of […]

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Lucia walking, Manasseh at MCA, Secret History of Chicago Music in person

Join Andersonville residents and celebrate the holidays the Swedish way, with St. Lucia and the Lucia Procession. Lucia girls, in white robes and candle crowns, were crowned at noon at the temporary Nordic House in the Wrigley building downtown. This afternoon a procession walks up Clark Street in Andersonville (starting at the Swedish American Museum, […]

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Family style

Alanna Zaritz, 39, was born and raised in Chicago and is one of our city’s treasures. She is a familiar, welcoming, and eye-catching figure at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), where she has worked since 2005 (she’s currently the MCA’s store manager).  Zaritz’s awe for her hometown is contagious, and very handy, since […]

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Kikù Hibino, Steven Hess, and Haruhi reprise their sonic salute to late artist Gregory Bae

When Chicago multimedia artist Gregory Bae died suddenly in 2021, he left behind a shattered artistic community. Among the grieving was his friend Kikù Hibino, a sound artist whose work has been heard in venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Elastic Arts, Hairpin Arts Center, Hyde Park Art Center, and Experimental […]

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Manasseh teases a new collection of psychedelic soul with a full-band MCA show

South-side native and Chicago soul artist Manasseh has all the skills to become a superstar. His sumptuous voice and incisive lyrics, as well as his stellar craftsmanship as a vocal and instrumental arranger, have made all his recordings knockouts. His most recent release is the March 2022 full-length Monochromatic Dream, whose delicious earworms of psychedelic […]

The MCA Store helps Chicagoans give the gift of art this holiday season

The Museum of Contemporary Art is synonymous with joy and expression. But some people don’t realize that, along with being one of Chicago’s top cultural destinations for its expansive galleries, cutting-edge exhibits, and carefully curated events, it’s an excellent place to find the perfect gift for the creative spirits and art lovers in your life. […]

Joy and community reign at the MCA’s new celebration of local arts, Chicago Performs. 

Chicago Performs is a new annual event hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art that spotlights exciting local artists while showcasing the city’s rich and vital creative landscape. Envisioned as a way to provide a national platform to Chicago artists as they reach the next phase of their careers, the inaugural edition of the two-day […]

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’Art is the fuel for all things’

Editor’s note: for this issue, Coco Picard talked to Chicago artist and professor Nick Cave about his art practice and work, as well as his exhibition “Forothermore.” Edited text from the comic is transcribed here to ease readability. The artist, activist, and educator Nick Cave’s first retrospective, “Forothermore,” is on view at the Museum of […]

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Dressed to dazzle

Nothing like an opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art to showcase the exceptional style Chicagoans have, in all their diversity. The festivities in May celebrating artist Nick Cave’s solo exhibition “Forothermore” were no exception. Body coverings were a central theme and could be appreciated on every level: on guests’ outfits in their special post-lockdown […]

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Carnal knowledge

Mammalian Diving Reflex/Darren O’Donnell present an evening of sex stories from six Chicagoans over 65. Organized as a chronological table read with occasional dance party and audience participation interludes, I don’t think that I could call it a piece of theater, but, from time to time, the veracity of a personal anecdote will certainly stay […]