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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

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Address: 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1628
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+1 773-702-2100
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Sun 10:30 - 13:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Rockefeller Chapel is the spiritual and ceremonial center of the University...

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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Rockefeller Chapel, located at University of Chicago, Hyde Park, is used for concerts, graduations, Sunday worship, etc.. It houses a spectacular 133 rank, E.M. Skinner pipe... read more

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Stan Z
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rockefeller Chapel, located at University of Chicago, Hyde Park, is used for concerts, graduations, Sunday worship, etc.. It houses a spectacular 133 rank, E.M. Skinner pipe organ, rebuilt in recent years. Also has a large Carillon, played most Sunday afternoons by fine performers. Access via Metra electric trains from Millennium station, beneath intersection of Michigan Ave. and Randolph St.. Entrance... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Beautiful and worth the trip to Hyde park, when you visit take the time to walk around the rest of the U of C campus.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

By charter, Rockefeller Chapel is the tallest building on the entire U of C campus. It's very pretty on the inside. Graduates look forward to walking down the aisle and getting their diploma. One of the things I love about U of C is a faculty member gives the graduation address. No celebrities. No fancy people. Just a faculty member.... More 

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Wonderful experience yesterday. The bells where playing the Game of Thrones Theme! At first couldn't work out what it was as didn't expect it. Amazing

Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 454 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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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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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Reviewed 25 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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Reviewed 11 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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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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Reviewed 6 June 2016

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

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