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 autumn 2017/winter 2018 edition of 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.

Alan Alda and Edward O. Wilson

Sunday November 5 | 2 pm

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents Alan Alda and Edward O. Wilson in a rare public conversation about "The Humanities, Sciences, and the Origins of Creativity." Tickets available at the CHF website (click on the image above).

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Thursday October 26 | 7:30 pm

Empty Bottle Presents brings Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile to Rockefeller! We regret that tickets are no longer available, but we are posting this to confirm the time and place for our readers!

Danielle Allen | Cuz: An American Tragedy

Sunday November 5 | 4 pm

Political theorist and philosopher Danielle Allen breaks new ground with her memoir recounting the story of her cousin Michael. Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival (click on the image for tickets) as part of the Karla Scherer Endowed Series.

Sundays at Rockefeller

Sunday October 22 | 11 am

The Chapel Choir sings Vierne's magnificent Messe Solennelle, in a liturgy inspired by things French. The Revd. Nicholas Romans offers the sermon. All are welcome at the table, always.


Sunday December 3 | 3 pm

A beloved Rockefeller tradition since 1928! Tickets $55 and $25 available from Tuesday October 3 at 12 noon at the University box office (click on the image above and it will take you there).

Tea & Pipes

Tuesdays October 24 and 31 | 4:30 pm

University organist Thomas Weisflog presents the tenth season of our celebrated Tea & Pipes series, including a Halloween special on October 31! Tea is offered from 4 pm. This is followed by the afternoon carillon recital. Free.

amarcord: Luther and Music

Friday November 17 | 7:30 pm [our apologies for the mistaken date in Arts Rock]

amarcord, one of the world's premier vocal ensembles, offers a program of five Gregorian chants, in the original Latin and in Martin Luther's translation, for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Tickets $39, students $11, under-18s $1.

Carillon concert tours

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

To climb the tower at the time of a carillon recital, please come to the front desk by 11:30 am or 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday, to accompany the carillonneur up the 271 steps of the tower. Suggested donation $5.