Founded in 1967, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art features a large collection of modern art from World War II to the present. The current modernist building, designed by German architect Josef Paul Kleihues, opened in 1996 and in terms of square footage was the largest museum of modern art in the world. The highlight of the building is the main staircase, which leads to the beautiful atrium overlooking Lake Michigan.
There are more than 2,000 works on display by artists including Andy Warhol, Marcel DuChamp, and Alexander Calder. The collection is solid, with some really interesting pieces. There are also regularly changing temporary exhibitions, as well as live performances. This is a museum for art lovers, though. Those with a lesser interest will want to stick to the Art Institute, which also has an excellent collection of modern art too.
Address: 220 East Chicago Avenue
Telephone: (312) 280 2660
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10:00-17:00; 10:00-20:00 Tuesdays
$7.00 Students and Seniors
Free admission every Tuesday.