The Chicago Ensemble Celebrates

45 Years of Music Making

We are proud of being a part of Chicago

The Chicago Ensemble is in its 45th season of chamber music concerts, an extraordinary longevity for a Chicago chamber music group. Under the direction of its founder and artistic director, Gerald Rizzer, the Chicago Ensemble was one of the first ensembles in the country to present a chamber music concert series with varying combinations of instruments and voice. Acclaimed “virtuosos of variety” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune), the group presents masterpieces of the classical music repertoire, little-known works from the past, and new works selected through its “Discover America” competitions for new works. In addition to the subscription series, The Chicago Ensemble has presented children’s demonstration / performances in conjunction with Sulzer Regional Library; has toured regionally; offers workshops for adult amateur players; and has been a frequent guest on WFMT live broadcasts. Recently, in the fall of 2020, the Ensemble produced 3 video presentations focused on children. The Ensemble is proud to have served Chicago for so long while retaining its quality of music and unique style. The images below are a snapshot of the Chicago Ensemble’s varied history.

Celebrating 45 years

of music making
TEC celebrated its history by playing a variety of trios by masters of classical music at the Fortnightly Club in Chicago. The Trio was directed by founder and artistic director, Gerald Rizzer. Gerald was accompanied by Andrew Snow, Cello and Jamie Gorgojo, violin.

TCE Patrons reflect on 45 years of great music making

Enjoy this Video summary of our celebration

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Plan Your Visit


120 E. Bellevue Place
Chicago, Illinois

Fortnightly Club is located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, one block north of
Oak Street, one-half block west of Inner Lake Shore Drive.


BY CAR: East Bellevue Place runs east-west, accessible from State and Rush Streets to the west and from southbound Inner Lake Shore Drive to the east. East Bellevue Place is not accessible from northbound Inner Lake Shore Drive. From northbound Michigan Avenue, turn left at Walton Street to Rush Street.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: CTA bus route #151 has stops at Union Station, Millennium Station, and on Michigan Avenue to Inner Lake Shore Drive. CTA bus route #36 stops at State Street and Bellevue Place. The CTA Red Line stops at Chicago Avenue and State Street and at Division and Clark.


Parking is usually available at 100 East Bellevue Place.
Additional parking:
  • 50 East Bellevue Place
  • 900 North Michigan Avenue
  • 14 East Cedar Street
  • 21 East Bellevue Place (Thompson Chicago Hotel)


The wheelchair-accessible entrance is on the east side of the building. Please notify the office in advance to request assistance. Ring the doorbell at the ramp entrance. A staff member will come to assist. An elevator and a wheelchair-accessible restroom are available.

Please be assured that we will be complying with the guidelines set by the state and by the venues – International House and Fourth Presbyterian Church. At present, that means that you’ll need to bring evidence of COVID vaccination and a photo ID, as well as a mask.