MCA Tuesdays on the Terrace


What started as a casual, weeknight affair has turned into one of Chicago’s most anticipated sumer traditions. This week, Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago returns with three months of free jazz concerts and delicious fare. 

The MCA is world-renowned for its modern installations and expert curation, and its fabulous outdoor terrace is the perfect setting for a picnic. Bring a blanket (or rent a lawn chair for $5), take a deep breath and immerse yourself in summer air and urban culture. Each week, some of Chicago's finest musicians hit the stage beginning at 5:30 p.m. (Concerts end at 8 p.m.)

Your rumbling stomach will be pleased to discover what’s also in store at Tuesdays on the Terrace. Each week features a Wolfgang Puck-catered dinner buffet with rotating themes (State Fair, Low Country Boil, Tailgate to name a few) for $25 a person. Lighter fare (burgers, salads, etc.) is also available a la carte along with beer, wine and cocktails.

As far as the musical lineup this year, the highlights are plentiful. Whirlpool kicks off the season (June 10) with a unique, bass-less take on the traditional jazz trio. Trumpeter Corey Wilkes combines his experiences in hip hop with improvised jazz on July 8. Singer Dee Alexander won't stop at jazz when she performs on July 29. She's sure to bring African diaspora, gospel and soul to the stage as well. The Chicago Reed Quartet will continue to bridge the generations of jazz players in Chicago (August 12) and Mike Reed's People, Places & Things will pay tribute to the improvised jazz scene found in Chicago during the 1950s.

Here's this summer's full schedule:

June 10 - Whirlpool
June 17 - Goran Ivanovic Trio
June 24 - Brent Kimbrough & Company
July 1 - Fred Lonberg-Holm
July 8 - Corey Wilkes Quarter
July 15 - Jazz Links: Ryan Nyther Quartet
July 22 - Tomeka Reid
July 29 - Dee Alexander
August 5 - Jason Stein Quartet
August 12 - The Chicago Reed Quartet
August 19 - Tatsu Aoki, The Miyumi Project
August 26 - Mike Reed's People, Places & Things
September 2 - Robert Irving III Quartet
September 9 - Xavier Breaker Coalition