MCA Prime Time

If you think Chicago music is just about Kanye and R. Kelly, then you should check out the Museum of Contemporary Art's Prime Time after-hours series, which explores the pulse of the city's creative community. The interactive program features live music, performance art and film screenings for evenings of cultural highlights and discourse.

The Prime Time series happens three times a year and this week's third installment is the most exciting offering yet.


MCA Prime Time: Ascend // Saturday, November 19, 7–11 p.m.

Jamila Woods

The MCA partnered with the online music mag Pitchfork to produce "Ascend" a program that examines themes of growth, renewal, ritual and harmony. The event showcases emerging Chicago talent along with live art from local artists as well as food and drink. Soul and R&B singer Jamila Woods, best known for her feature on Chance The Rapper's "LSD" tune, will perform along with footwork-legend RP Boo and poetry and hip hop artist Noname.

Video installations, DJs and taiko drumming will also be in the mix for a night of nontraditional museum fun. Prime Time tickets sell out fast, so if you miss this installment, stay tuned for the 2017 show dates.


The Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Museum hours: Open daily except Mondays
Museum admission: $12 adults, $7 for students/seniors suggested

Note Ascend is a 21-and-over show. Tickets are $15. View the full MCA Calendar and check out other upcoming MCA Programs, which features a highly-curated who's who on the cultural scene.