Visitors take in an exhibition viewed through a transparent fabric print of mountains with a pink sky.

Visitors to Unthought Environments, 2018.

The Renaissance Society

at the University of Chicago
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health of our guests and employees is our highest priority. The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago has implemented increased safety precautions in accordance with the CDC, city of Chicago, and University of Chicago guidelines.

Beginning April 10, 2021, our gallery will be open to the public during the following hours:

Thursdays: 12—6pm
Fridays: 1—7pm
Saturday and Sundays: 12—6pm

Exhibitions are free to attend, but an appointment is required.

Appointments and registration:

As part of our safety measures during the pandemic, capacity in the gallery is strictly limited and appointments are required to visit. Guests may register for 1-hour time-slots on Tock. All registered visitors and guests are required to provide information for contact tracing purposes.

Upon your registration, you will receive detailed instructions for accessing the Renaissance Society in Cobb Hall, our Covid-19 visiting policies and attestation, and your touch-less check-in.

Covid-19 visitor policies:

All Renaissance Society policies are in accordance with the guidelines set forth by University of Chicago’s GoForward manual.

Masks: proper face coverings are required for all guests throughout their visit to the Renaissance Society and the University of Chicago campus, both indoors and outdoors.

Social Distancing: a 6-foot distance between individuals is required at all times.

Attestation: as part of the registration process on Tock, all visitors must review the University of Chicago’s current attestation, and agree to compliance with self-monitoring and reporting.

Guests who do not comply with these regulations will be asked to leave the building and campus.

At this time, coat check is not available.

Visitor Safety Precautions:

The Renaissance Society has posted informational signage to communicate pathways and reminders for distancing and precautions. Common surfaces throughout the Renaissance Society galleries will be sanitized throughout the day. In order to reduce risk of exposure, the galleries will be limited to 8 guests per hour, and check in will be touch-free. Certain areas within the current exhibition may have more limited capacity, as posted in the gallery space.

The Renaissance Society gallery is located on the fourth floor of Cobb Hall, reachable by elevator. The first floor is accessible from sidewalk level via platform lift, which is located inside the entrance at the south-east corner of the building. One gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible restroom is available on every floor. Service animals are welcome, and large-print gallery texts and portable seating are available upon request at the front desk. Physical accessibility details for off-site event spaces may vary according to the venue. Please check individual event pages on our website for specifics.

Please contact us with any accessibility inquiries or requests for accommodation: 773 702 8670 or info@renaissancesociety.org.

Other institutions presenting contemporary visual art near the Renaissance Society include: the Smart Museum of Art, the Neubauer Collegium, the Logan Center for the Arts, Arts Incubator, Hyde Park Art Center, and Stony Island Arts Bank.

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