Art File: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), steps from The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile, will celebrate 50 years in 2017. To celebrate, the mecca for contemporary art and performance will undergo a $16 million dollar renovation adding some exciting art, culinary and interactive elements to the renowned institution.

Below, take in just a few things to look forward to at the newly imagined MCA.

1. One of the highlights of the renovation will be a new street accessible restaurant helmed by Chef Jason Hammel, the founder of the popular Logan Square spot, Lula Café. Expect new takes on their acclaimed Midwestern favorites such as Baked French Feta and Chickpea Sweet Potato Tagine.    

2. The restaurant will include a major site-specific mural by Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili. The mural will be the artist’s first permanent museum commission in the US and the newest permanent piece in the MCA collection.

3. There will also be a new lounge/workshop/performance space called the “Commons” on the ground floor, which will feature custom furniture that can be flattened and hung on the walls when not in use. This gathering space will be free to the public to interact, share and explore their different artistic and cultural interests. 

4. The redesign is expected to be completed by June 2017, just in time for a Takashi Murakami retrospective that will kick off the 50th anniversary celebration. 

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