Yesterday I had a wonderful outing in the afternoon to the Museum of Contemporary Art. "Who cares?" you may say. "I have a membership and go there ALL the time." Well good for you. It's a wonderful museum. I think the thing I like the best, besides the art installations of course, is the fact that you can make it though the entire museum in about 2 1/2 hours or so. That's it. Everything. It's not like the Art Institute where you are there ALL afternoon, and you only saw about 1/8 of the entire collection, if you ran everywhere.
The exhibits at the MCA are also fantastic. Some of them can be semi-disturbing, but come on! This is CONTEMPORARY art. In this CONTEMPORARY society we are naughty, raunchy, off-base, and crude. So that's what we see.
Not only did we see all 4 floors in just a couple of hours, but the large windows in the common (non-exhibition) spaces offer sweeping and amazing views of the skyline and the lake. If you haven't caught on yet, we Chicagoans refer to Lake Michigan as "the lake." It's the only one, there is no other, and don't try to correct us. You might have to be severely punished.
The other perk (I know I get excited about the littlest things) is that they have FREE coat check. Yes, free. Aren't you tired of going to nightclubs and restaurants and paying $5 for them to hang your coat up? And then you have to tip them on top of that? I definitely am. So this was pretty nice, because I didn't want to lug that thing around the entire museum.
Friends, if you live here, please try and make it to the MCA soon. I am always reminded that I need to go there more often. Even for First Fridays which is a social event they host the first Friday of the month, which is really more like a huge nightclub. And if you don't live here? Well, I guess you're out of luck, but that means you should definitely have this place on your list of places to visit when you do come to Chicago. In fact, I'll even take you there myself!
A former New Yorker-turned Tennesseean-turned Chicagoan who sometimes keeps himself so busy, he barely has a moment to sit down. Of course I sit for long enough to keep this blog. I'm a self-proclaimed news and fact junkie, and I love writing about funny, touching, amazing, annoying, crazy, or just plain boring things that I encounter in this crazy city we know as Chicago.