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

The Renaissance Society’s gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday. Exhibitions are free to attend, and an appointment is encouraged. Please click here to register for your visit.

Wednesdays: 12—6pm

Thursdays: 12—6pm

Fridays: 1—7pm

Saturday and Sundays: 12—6pm

Appointments and registration:

As part of our ongoing safety measures, capacity in the gallery remains limited and appointments are encouraged. Guests may register for 30-minute time-slots on Tock. We do accept walk-in visitors, however gallery access is subject to available space. All registered visitors and guests are required to provide information for contact tracing purposes.

Covid-19 visitor policies:

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.

All Renaissance Society policies are in accordance with the current 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 buildings.

Self monitoring: All guests are expected to self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if have they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have had any symptoms.

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 continue to be regularly sanitized. In order to reduce risk of exposure, the galleries will be limited to 15 guests per 30 minutes, 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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