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New Restaurant, Exhibits Coming to MCA After $60 Million Campaign

By David Matthews | February 20, 2015 12:39pm
 The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
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STREETERVILLE — About $60 million in big changes are coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The MCA said Friday it will change its logo and commission a Los Angeles architecture firm to overhaul the Streeterville museum with a new restaurant and education spaces, among other improvements.

The announcement came in conjunction with a $60 million fundraising campaign, with major donors including billionaires Sam Zell and Ken Griffin. Griffin's $10 million gift will establish the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art on the museum's fourth floor.

In an interview, MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn said the changes are aimed at making the museum more "playful, welcoming, smart and open."

"This is what I've been working toward since Day One," said Grynsztejn, who joined MCA in 2008. "That's what it's all about, making ourselves more porous to the city and vice-versa."

The museum has yet to select a chef for the restaurant, which will break ground in January and open by May 2016, Grynsztejn said. The MCA's new master plan will be designed by Los Angeles-based JohnstonMarklee.

The news arrives amid of a flurry of upcoming exhibits, including a feature on Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo that opens Saturday. "Doris Salcedo" follows the MCA's "David Bowie Is," the most-attended exhibit in the museum's history.

Grynsztejn still hopes the so-called "Vision Campaign" will raise $4 million more.

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