Rockefeller Chapel is traditionally open to visitors from 11 am to 5 pm Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 am to 1 pm Sundays whenever the University is in session. We are closed to the public Mondays and Saturdays except for special events. We are additionally closed for Spring Break, Summer Interims (the weeks on either side of Summer Quarter), Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, and Winter Interim. The front desk is staffed during visitor hours. In addition to self-guided resources, we offer carillon tower tours in season. University departmental / team-building tours may be scheduled in advance by writing us.
Bond Chapel is traditionally open to visitors 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Mondays through Fridays whenever the University is in session. Please maintain quiet if sessions are in progress. Bond Chapel is typically unstaffed; write us for tours or facility questions.
Spiritual Life, located at Ida Noyes Hall 034, has traditionally been open 10 am to 5 pm weekdays in Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters, and by appointment or event booking evenings, weekends, and Summer Quarter. The meditation room and prayer rooms, including spaces used for Muslim and Hindu daily prayers, have traditionally been accessible during building hours throughout the year by students, staff, and faculty with a valid University ID for card access (contact Jigna Shah). See the Spiritual Life website for further updates.
Access, Directions, and Parking
For directions and campus orientation, please see the University's map site. To locate Rockefeller Chapel on your own device, enter 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue; to find Bond Chapel, enter 1010 E. 59th Street (the address of the Classics archway, the pedestrian entrance to the quadrangle in which Bond Chapel is located and the nearest point at which you can be dropped off by car).
The main floor and lower level restrooms of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel are accessible. The wheelchair lift to the lower level is located in the main entrance lobby near the southwest door. The Lexington parking lot at 5835 S. University Avenue, immediately to the west of the chapel, has reserved handicapped spaces and a ramp to the designated entrance. This lot is managed by the Parking Office. It is generally restricted to pre-issued permit parking during the day, but open to the public on evenings and weekends when the gate will open automatically.
Rockefeller Chapel's circle drive - the driveway on our southeast - is reserved for temporary loading by pre-approved vendors and staff with appointments in the building. It is an important service thoroughfare and not for public or student parking.
Ongoing construction projects or street repairs may sometimes temporarily limit accessibility. The University provides updates to ongoing projects online through the Facilities Services Campus Plan and Construction website.
Architectural and casual social photography with personal camera equipment is always welcome. Tripods and heavier equipment are not permitted.
Professional photography of costumed persons, as for weddings and promotions, or any time-intensive posed photography, is strictly reserved for University-affiliated parties with paid event reservations. You may be asked politely to leave the premises if other posed costumed or commercial photography is attempted.
Unaffiliated student project filming is prohibited. University of Chicago student photography or mobile filming (for projects, involving hand-held cameras only) is usually allowable during normal business hours by arrangement with Matthew Dean. Requests should be made through (or copy) relevant faculty advisors.
Rockefeller Chapel does not issue commercial photography or filming permits for Rockefeller or Bond Chapels. Please consult University Communications.