Join the MCA as a member and connect with the best of contemporary culture in Chicago. Members are given access that allows them to experience the museum like no other visitor. Free admission, discounts in the MCA Store and MCA Café, and exclusive previews of exhibitions are only the beginning. Membership at the MCA isn’t only about discounts—it’s about belonging to a community that supports living artists and their work.

Your support helps bring the best of contemporary culture to Chicago and the world.

What member level is right for you? Click on each level to learn more.

For more information, call our Member Services Hotline at 312.397.4040 or email us at memberservices@mcachicago.org.



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Basic Membership ($60–75)

As an MCA member, you receive free admission to experience some of the most exciting and provocative contemporary art in the world while enjoying discounts in the MCA Store and MCA café. You can also feed your mind and soul with discounted tickets to our innovative performances and public programs as well as with invitations to Members’ Previews of major exhibitions.


Individual ($60) (Fully tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

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  • Invitations to all Members’ Previews of major exhibitions
  • Invitation to shop during Members’ Double Discount Days
  • Two free one-time-use guest passes for your friends (a $24 value)
  • Up to 20% off tickets to MCA performances and lectures
  • 10% discount in the MCA Store and MCA café
  • $4 discount on parking
  • Discounted admission to First Fridays
  • Subscription to MCA magazine

Household ($75) (Fully tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

Perfect for families! Includes all Basic Individual-level benefits for two people plus free admission for children under the age of 18 as well as additional benefits.

  • Two additional one-time-use guest passes for your friends (four passes total—a $48 value)
  • Free yearlong subscription to Dwell Magazine (10 issues)

We also offer special discounted memberships for students, seniors, and out-of-towners.


Membership Card

Premier Membership ($150–1,499)

Premier membership gives MCA members a chance to get involved on a deeper level with increased access to the museum and additional benefits such as reciprocal privileges at more than 85 museums across the country, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.


Friend ($150–249) (Fully tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

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Contributor ($250–499) (All but $20 tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

Includes all Friend-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Invitation to a Meet-the-Curator reception

Associate ($500–999) (All but $40 tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

Includes all Contributor-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Invitation to a Meet-the-Artist reception

Advocate ($1,000–1,499) (All but $40 tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

Includes all Associate-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Invitation to a Circle Donor Event
  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes performance event

Circle Donors

Circle Donors ($1,500–14,999)

Circle Donors are among the museum’s most dedicated contributors. Belonging to the Circle brings you face to face with friends and colleagues who share your commitment to the arts and Chicago’s vibrant cultural community. As a Circle Donor, you will experience special access to the museum, meeting artists, curators, and collectors. You will receive invitations to Circle Previews—premier opportunities to see major exhibitions before anyone else—events, programs, and national travel in addition to other benefits based on your level of support. Circle Donors are also invited to join Emerge, the MCA’s art acquisition support group.


Circle Fellow ($1,500–2,499) (All but $115 tax deductible)
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Circle Patron ($2,500–4,999) (All but $145 tax deductible)
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Includes all Circle Fellow-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Yearlong listing on lobby donor recognition panels
  • One complimentary exhibition catalogue per year (voucher)
  • Ticket exchange privileges for MCA performances (subject to availability)

Circle Benefactor ($5,000–9,999) (All but $195 tax-deductible)
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Includes all Circle Patron-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Invitation to an exclusive dinner following a Circle Preview event
  • Advance notification and priority reservations for the MCA domestic travel program

Circle Guarantor ($10,000–14,999) (All but $195 tax deductible)
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Includes all Circle Benefactor-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Invitation to the annual Director’s Vision Council Season Preview led by the Pritzker Director
  • Private tour with the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator

DVC

Director’s Vision Council ($15,000+)

The ultimate in MCA membership categories, the Director’s Vision Council offers its generous donors unprecedented access to premier contemporary artists, curators, and cultural thinkers. Members receive exclusive invitations to an annual DVC Think Tank hosted by Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, international travel opportunities, and an intimate contemporary art discussion group led by the MCA curatorial team. To discuss membership in the Director’s Vision Council call Monica Guerrant, Manager of Individual Giving, at 312.397.3831.


Pacesetter ($15,000–24,999) (All but $285 tax deductible)

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  • Invitation to travel internationally with the Pritzker Director
  • Invitation to annual DVC Think Tank with the Pritzker Director and the Board Chair, where high-level dialogues concerning contemporary art take place
  • Invitation to annual Season Preview led by the Pritzker Director
  • Individually tailored interaction with MCA curatorial and programming staff and MCA artist(s)
  • Complimentary invitations to Emerge-sponsored lectures and receptions

Galvanizer ($25,000–49,999) (All but $305 tax deductible)

Includes all DVC Pacesetter-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Invitation to annual private gathering at the home of a collector
  • Priority reservations for traveling internationally with the Pritzker Director

Core Creative ($50,000+) (All but $415 tax deductible)

Includes all DVC Galvanizer-level benefits plus additional benefits.

  • Complimentary facility rental at the MCA (subject to availability, certain fees and conditions apply)
  • Individually tailored interactions with the Pritzker Director and MCA artist(s)
  • A catalog from an MCA exhibition that has been personally signed by the artist mailed to your home

Discounted rates ($30–40)

Student ($30) (Fully tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

A great gift for recent or soon-to-be graduates! Includes all Individual-level benefits for one person. Must have a valid student ID to present onsite.


Senior ($40) (Fully tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

Includes all Individual-level benefits for two adults over the age of 65 and youth under the age of 18.


Out of Town ($50) (Fully tax deductible) Sign me up!     I’d like to give this as a gift!

Perfect for vacationers! Includes all Individual-level benefits for one person living outside of Illinois.