Events at Rockefeller and Bond Chapel

Rockefeller Chapel and Bond Chapel serve as major performing arts spaces on campus, as well as being cherished spaces for a wide variety of academic, ceremonial, and spiritual events. We present or host more than fifty events per week in the two Chapels and their associated meeting rooms, in addition to rehearsals and student lessons on the carillon and organ. Some events are designed primarily for students, others for audiences and participants from the city of Chicago and far beyond. Visitors come from all over the world to see and hear our great musical instruments!

Come for a tower tour, a meditation session, or some carillon or organ music. See our visiting page for details of opening hours.

See here for how to book an event.

See here for information on holding a wedding at Rockefeller or Bond.

Arts Rock, our seasonal arts guide

Take a look at our 2018 Winter/Spring/Summer Arts Rock featuring upcoming concerts and events! If you would like to receive a copy of Arts Rock in the mail, send an email to Elizabeth Davenport with your preferred mailing address and we will gladly send you a copy.

Columns of Thought: An installation by Audrius V. Plioplys

March 27 through April 10 | Artist's reception Wednesday April 4 at 7:30 pm

A series of light sculptures, each incorporating multiple layers of assemblage, representing writers and artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud. In pigmented inks on polycarbonate, with LED color-changing lights.

Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri

Thursday March 29 | 7 pm (pre-concert discussion at 6 pm)

Performed for Holy Thursday by the Chapel Choir with members of the acclaimed Haymarket Opera Orchestra on period instruments, including a consort of viols. Free.

The Day Dr. King Died: A conversation with Prof. Timuel D. Black, with music of the civil rights era

Wednesday April 4 | 12 noon to 1:15 pm

Starting with a half hour of music of the civil rights era played on the carillon, Dr. Timuel D. Black—Dr. King's associate, now 99 years old—speaks to Dr. King's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his tragic assassination in Memphis. Free.

Sundays at Rockefeller

Sunday March 25 | 11 am

We are away this coming Sunday for Spring Break, and we return for Palm Sunday on Sunday March 25 at 11 am, with the Passion story chanted in traditional style. Nicholas Romans offer the sermon. All are welcome at the table, always.

Carillon concert tours

Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am and 4:30 pm

We offer tours up the tower Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am and 4:30 pm, and also Sundays 12:15 pm, with the opportunity to hear and see the bells played live as well as to enjoy spectacular views. 271 steps up the tower.

Music of Exile

Sunday April 22 | 3 pm

A choral concert featuring the world premiere of Kala Pierson's Mother of Exiles, with Pierson's She Was Warned, and music of Britten, Hildegard, Hindemith, Byrd, Brahms, and DeMonte. $20 at the door, free to students.

Rockefeller Carillon New Music Festival

Friday May 25 (evening) and Saturday May 26 (all day)

A two day festival of new music for the carillon, featuring twelve world premieres by composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Laura Steenberge, Emily Colley, Geert D'hollander, Yvette Janine Jackson, and Renske Vrolijk, Free.