Events at Rockefeller and Bond Chapels
You'll find below information about scheduling University-affiliated weddings, memorials, other University events, student events, and external events. Please review this information and then, if you wish to inquire about Rockefeller or Bond Chapel availability for a University-affiliated event, contact Matthew Dean, Director of Chapel Operations.
See also the notes below about photography.
Please review in detail the information on our weddings page.
We regret that we are not able to host funerals at Rockefeller or Bond Chapels, but we do work with University departments to schedule memorials for members of the University community who have died (including current and retired University faculty and staff, and students enrolled in degree-granting programs at the time of their death). Memorials are normally held during the main academic year (October through May), and may be scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays, or—availability permitting—on Saturday mornings. Please be in touch with Dean Elizabeth Davenport if you are addressing a death in your department.
All activities at Rockefeller and Bond Chapels must meet University affiliation standards. Priority in booking is given to divisional and departmental activities: academic ceremonies, lectures, faculty/staff memorials, faculty-produced or center-produced concerts or arts activities, staff recognition events, and University-produced alumni events.
The standard departmental charge for the University Chapels (Rockefeller or Bond) is $300 per hour. This covers staff time in active event management and planning, building overhead including custodial, instrument (organ, piano, percussion, carillon) maintenance on a regular schedule, audio systems, and perimeter security (CBORD ID swipe access is activated for departmental event representatives at the time of an event). David Wyka initiates a transfer, after the event, using the University account number that you provide.
Meeting rooms at Rockefeller Chapel and Spiritual Life (at Ida Noyes) may be booked only by faculty or staff associated with Rockefeller or Spiritual Life programming; at Rockefeller, calendar availability is limited by events involving the full building. The prayer and meditation rooms at Rockefeller and Spiritual Life may be used by individual students whose ID has been activated for CBORD access. Bond Chapel is available without charge for the University of Chicago Divinity School. The departmental rate does not apply to presidential events and other major ceremonies operated directly by University Events & Ceremonies.
The Rockefeller team produces a wide array of offerings for and involving students and student groups: see Spiritual Life, choral programs, teaching programs in organ, choral arts, and carillon, and the current edition of our printed Arts Rock brochure. We work in collaboration with the Center for Leadership and Involvement, the Department of Music, and religious advisors to identify established student groups and student leaders with whom to work to produce events of wide interest.
Generally, unsolicited requests for space use by students cannot be accommodated at this time. We recommend that interested student groups develop a faculty or staff champion and work with us through a department or through UChicago Arts.
University of Chicago student photography or mobile, non-invasive filming (for projects) is usually allowable during normal business hours by arrangement with Emily Charles.
We cannot accommodate photography and filming requests from students of other institutions, or from other unaffiliated parties. Professional photography of costumed persons, as for weddings and promotions, or any posed or commercial photography, is strictly reserved for University-affiliated parties with paid event reservations. See our Visit Us page for further details. Drones are not permitted under any circumstances, interior or exterior, on University property.
Rockefeller and Bond Chapels are not available for rental by organizations or individuals outside the University of Chicago, including other colleges and universities.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate unaffiliated weddings, or family-organized memorials or funerals at this time (memorials are coordinated by University departments).
Rockefeller Chapel maintains major existing civic partnerships where artistic or ceremonial events are presented in collaboration with the University. These partnerships currently include the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council, Chicago Police Department, and Empty Bottle Presents, and these partnerships are reviewed periodically in conjunction with Civic Engagement.
National music organizations to which Rockefeller Chapel is affiliated (the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America) and local professional arts organizations may approach James Kallembach (for choral arts events), Thomas Weisflog (for organ), or Joey Brink (for carillon) in the first instance.
National and international professional ensembles and performers are presented on campus by the University of Chicago Presents. See also the University of Chicago Folk Festival and the Major Activities Board.