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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

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Address: 5850 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-1628
Phone Number: +1 773-702-2100
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This elaborate and ornate chapel at the University of Chicago - the...

This elaborate and ornate chapel at the University of Chicago - the university to which John D. Rockefeller donated over $35 million - was designed by Bertram Goodhue.

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Monumental

This is the Rockefeller family chapel, they were the family that created the University of Chicago. 2nd largest carillon in the U.S., great wood carvings too, exceptional stained... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The John D. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is right next door to the Oriental Institute Museum and is worth a quick visit. It was built in 1910 by its namesake and founder of the University of Chicago. The chapel has a gothic feel, but with no altar nor colorful stain glass windows. It's a bit austere.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is the Rockefeller family chapel, they were the family that created the University of Chicago. 2nd largest carillon in the U.S., great wood carvings too, exceptional stained glass, worth a few minutes if you are already on UofC campus.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

It is a beautiful building, wonderful organ and acoustics, great concert venue. As "Illinoisnow" comments, you do not have to be a religious person to appreciate this building. But if you ARE a religious person, you will have to look very, very hard to find a cross or any other explicitly religious symbol. I attended a service there that had... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

A very good friend of my son was recently married here. Absolutely breath-taking church! Amazing architecture, love all the stain glass windows.

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Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Visit this historic chapel. You do not have to be a religious person to appreciate the building. Free to the public. They also have free concerts.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

Large beautiful, high-ceilinged chapel on the University of Chicago campus. Lots of history. Worth a walk-through.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I can't see going to it unless you have other reasons to be in the area like University of Chicago. It's old and pretty.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Located near the University of Chicago, this chapel is an architectural masterpiece. Endowed by the Rockefeller family the chapel is a great place to decompress and take in the beauty of a by gone era.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

One of the many many MANY beautiful works of grandiose gothic architecture on the University of Chicago campus. Seriously the sheer beauty of the buildings makes me wish I had gone there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

Great architecture on the University of Chicago campus. On Tuesday afternoons, enjoy the Tea and Pipes organ concert. Close by is the Oriental Institute -- always worth a visit!

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