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Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago , Illinois
Tel: 312 280 2660's insider take:

The MCA recently reasserted its position as one of the country's leading contemporary art museums with a highlights show that trotted out permanent-collection pieces by everyone from Francis Bacon to Andy Warhol. The museum, though, is more interested in keeping things cutting-edge and fun than in surveying even the recent past. More characteristic exhibits include Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, which used photos, paintings, film, sculpture, and music to explore the convergence of the two art forms. The museum's busy social calendar includes summer concerts on the lakeview terrace, First Friday events with DJs and drinks; and Sunday brunch at the ground-floor Puck's Café. Not enough fun? Try the MCA's double-decker gift shop, which stocks serious art books and artfully silly tchotchkes, including lots of Japanese action figures alarmingly armed with rocket launchers.

Open Tuesdays 10 am to 8 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 5 pm.

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