Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Rockefeller Chapel is the spiritual and ceremonial center of the University of Chicago, and a major performing arts producer, offering music, theatre, and visual arts events to citywide audiences. A leading venue for the choral arts, it is a prized event location for major speakers and international artists. It is the home of two world class instruments, the carillon and organ. Resembling a medieval cathedral in appearance and size, it hosts festivals and ceremonies of many world religious traditions, as well as Sunday services where the soaring architecture is matched with the poetry and theatre of grand liturgy of diverse origins, and with the beautiful voices of its choristers.
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Neighbourhood: Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The University of Chicago was created and gifted by John D Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest people to ever live. For decades it has been a worldwide research leader in so many fields. As an economics major, so much of my studies in the 1980s were derived from Milton Friedman and the Economics School here.

Most people are totally unaware that the roots of the university are from the American Baptist Education Society as Rockefeller was a devoted Baptist. This Gothic Revival Church commands a prominent position on the SE corner of the campus. At 200 feet it is by covenant to be the tallest structure on campus. Additionally is a self supported structure with no steel, like the medieval cathedrals of Europe.

Unfortunately, we walked the campus before 10 so the Chapel was not opened. Still it was an impressive site on its exterior.
Written 2 August 2022
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bLiselotte
Palatine, IL602 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I visited while in the area. I had read about Rockefeller's involvement in U of Chicago and had been wanting to visit. This is a beautiful example of a Gothic Cathedral. I also caught someone practicing on the organ which has a very lovely sound. The outside is covered with lovely Ivy.
Written 12 August 2019
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elliot m
northbrook il240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
we when to a xmas organ concert and it was wonderfull the sound the power the organ the chapel find out when they are going to be using the organ and make time to be there its not to be missed
Written 23 February 2019
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
They have daily tours here for the carillon located in the Tower. The highest building on the campus of University of Chicago. A lot of concerts are happening here.
Written 18 February 2019
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Stan K
Mundelein, IL724 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Business
Our photo group went inside to capture images of this outstanding church.Rockefeller Chapel is a Gothic Revival chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.Rockefeller Chapel is 265 feet long and 102 feet wide at its widest point. The interior ceiling (a false ceiling, inside the roof) is just over 79 feet from the floor. The Chapel weighs 32,000 tons, and 56 concrete piers carry the foundations down to bedrock 80 feet below the floor. The walls contain 72,000 pieces of Indiana limestone, and the ceiling is decorated with 100,000 pieces of colored Guastavino tile.
Needless to say it is a photographers delight.
Written 15 December 2018
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Any time you visit Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago, you are awed by its grandeur and size and architectural beauty. That's how I felt the last time I was there, for the memorial service of an old friend, Larry Hawkins, one of the nation's most outstanding high school basketball coaches, chairman of the university's student outreach program and a great humanitarian. It was a fitting place to recall Hawkins' many contributions to the city's black youth. Built between 1925 and 1928 and located on the Midway, Rockefeller Chapel is the most imposing Gothic Revival structure on the campus, meant by patron John D. Rockefeller to be the "central and dominant feature" of the campus. At 200.7 feet, it is the tallest building on campus. Designed by architect Bertram Goodhue, it was built without the use of structural steel. It contains about 70 integrated figural sculptures by sculptors Lee Lawrie and Ulric Ellerhusen and interior work by mosaicist Hildreth Meiere. The wood carvings that adorn the organ and South balcony were created y Alois Lang, a Master Woodcarver at the American Seating Company and one of the artists responsible for bringing the medieval art of ecclesiastical carving back to life. His pieces in Rockefeller Chapel are carved from White Appalachian Oak. In addition, the chapel contains the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and tower, a 72-bell carillon and the second largest carillon in the world. Today, the chapel is used for ecumenical worship services, weddings, university convocations, guest speakers, musical programs and occasional film screenings--and Larry Hawkins' memorial service. It occupies nearly all of a block and can seat as many as 1,700 people.
Written 17 November 2018
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,699 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Went with my wife as we enjoy going round churches. Regrettably closed to the public until October. A lovely looking building though.
Written 8 September 2018
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Robert E
Saint Louis, MO245 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
I never tire of churches, chapels and cathedrals. This one rates high on my list. The events are incredible. I look forward to Fall 2018.
Written 4 September 2018
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crowanozug
Bloomington, IN5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
There for a wedding. Spectacular older building. Just lovely. Acoustics were very nice. Only drawback is no air conditioning.
Written 17 August 2018
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Brian S
Central Arizona, AZ157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
I would easily consider Rockefeller Chapel to be one of the most gorgeous chapels in America and possibly in the world! It’s a great free place to visit - especially if you stop by the Robie House.
Written 14 August 2018
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