MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago - Free admission for those with disabilities & their caregivers.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago - Free admission for those with disabilities & their caregivers.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), located at 220 E. Chicago Avenue in Chicago, IL, provides free admission every day for those with disabilities and their caregivers. There is no need to preregister online. Simply walk in and request “accessibility tickets” from staff at the admissions desk.

Accessibility tickets are meant for one caregiver and one care recipient. Additional friends or family members in the group may purchase tickets. If finances are a concern, you can also pay what you can. MCA’s “pay-what-you-can policy” comes from the belief that art should be accessible to all.

Here are other free admission opportunities:

  • Illinois residents receive free admission on Tuesdays.
  • There is no charge for anyone 18 years old and under.
  • Illinois primary and secondary teachers can visit MCA for free. Please present a valid educator’s ID at the admissions desk.
  • No admission fee for active members of the military and veterans, police, and fire departments. Please bring ID.
  • Membership holders of the Museum of Contemporary Art do not pay for visits.


There may also be other offers or discounts available through partnerships with corporations, universities, and other organizations. Call MCA at 312-280-2660 or email to find out more. For the box office, call 312-397-4010.



MCA hours of operation are Tuesday, 10 am – 9 pm. Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays.




Wheelchair-accessible parking spaces in the MCA parking garage are available for a flat rate of $16. Be sure to stop by the admissions desk or coat check for the accessible parking validation. Check the website for information on general parking.

Wheelchairs Available

Wheelchairs are available for use at no charge to guests. They can be found at the coat checks on the first and second floors. There is limited availability and access is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accommodations for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Visitors

Before you visit the museum, email staff at in advance to request accommodations for deaf or hard-of-hearing guests. If you are at the museum, see a Visitor Experience staff member and they will do their best to assist you.

Assistive listening devices for tours, educational programs, and theater performances will be provided when possible. Open captioning and sign language interpretation are also offered at various events.

Accommodations for Visitors with Low Vision, are Color-Blind or Blind

Guests with Low Vision can go to the admissions desk and check out large-print guides for the galleries.

For color-blind visitors, MCA will provide EnChroma color blindness-correcting glasses for use at the museum.

Many theater performances and activities also offer audio descriptions.

Please email the Box Office team at to request accommodations. Advance notice allows MCA staff to prepare for your visit.

For any updates to the above information or for other details, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art's website.


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