The Inside Scoop
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The First Look
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago is a venue offering an upscale contemporary setting for city-chic weddings. With its location in the downtown area, the Museum of Contemporary Art has beautiful spaces to accommodate celebrations that are small to very large surrounded by the fantastic city views. Couples looking for a versatile, modern facility will find it at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. A gorgeous location is matched by outstanding cuisine, making an unforgettable wedding day couples and guests will hate to see end.
Kovler Atrium & Kern Terrace. Couples can create a beautiful atmosphere in this spacious area that offers stunning views of the museum’s sculpture garden and Lake Michigan. Ceremonies are often staged in the garden with a reception on the terrace. Tenting options are available, allowing to-be-weds to customize their own indoor or outdoor celebration.
A rental of the atrium and garden includes access to the main floor galleries, so guests can enjoy browsing the current exhibit as they mingle. This area has a capacity of 300 guests for a seated reception and up to 900 for a cocktail reception. Up to 500 can be seated in a garden tent and seating for ceremonies allows for up to 200 guests.
MCA Warehouse. With 10,000 square feet of space, the Warehouse offers a unique venue for creating everything from an industrial-chic event to a lavish celebration. The MCA Warehouse was once a pie factory and then a Chinese bakery, so it has many remnants of its past including exposed pipes, open brick interiors and large windows. The MCA Warehouse can seat 300 guests for an indoor ceremony or 300 at a sit-down reception and 500 for cocktails.
MCA Theater. This space is a state-of-the-art that could work for lavish ceremonies due to its capacity of 300 seats. It has beautiful oak paneled walls and the tiered seating ensures that no one will have a bad seat.
What You Should Know
By sticking to a simple principle to “make it delicious,” the talented culinary staff of the Museum of Contemporary Art goes above and beyond to work with couples to craft a menu that you and your guests will love. They believe in keeping things local by building relationships with farmers and artisan producers to ensure guests have food that’s fresh and satisfying for even the pickiest members of your guest list.
Couples interested in holding their date at the Museum of Contemporary Art must put down a 50 percent non-refundable deposit with their signed facilities rental agreement. The balance of the site rental fee is due six weeks before your wedding date. This fee includes general maintenance of the space, gallery officers, two coat-check staff members and a four-hour rental, excluding setup and take down time.
Couples should also be aware that flexibility is necessary due to the changing exhibits hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Because this a museum that’s open to the public, weddings are typically scheduled for times when it would be closed to allow your event to be private.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has a professional staff that will work with you to create a wedding celebration that you and your guests will treasure. Other benefits to hosting your event here include:
- Third and fourth floor galleries can be opened for viewing for an additional fee
- MCA-themed party favors available through museum store
- Destination wedding potential: explore all that Chicago has to offer
Amenities + Details
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$$$$ – Expensive