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The Renaissance Society

The Renaissance Society Information


5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637


Hyde Park


The Renaissance Society is at its core a space of possibility. For artists, we offer an unfettered platform for bold experimentation. Our work with artists frequently results in newly commissioned art, and these presentations in our gallery at the University of Chicago spur further scholarly and creative reflections in our publications and public programs. For visitors, we offer opportunities to engage deeply with art and artists who provide critical responses to our present moment. All exhibitions and events are free to attend.

Visitors to the Ren find a uniquely intimate platform for encountering artistic expressions that give form to, challenge, and complicate currents in contemporary thought. Events—including artist talks, lectures, screenings, concerts, readings, and more—offer further opportunities for discovery and discussion. We maintain robust archives, which can be accessed by all visitors, art historians, students, and other institutions by making an appointment.


Wednesday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM-7:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

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