Plan Your Visit To The Chicago Ensemble

Welcome! If you’re thinking of purchasing tickets to a concert or already have done so, the following are frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at 773-558-3448 or online.

Concerts take place at International House at the University of Chicago and Fourth Presbyterian Church near north. Please click below for information on parking, etc.


How long are concerts? Typically, concerts are two hours including intermission

Can I use my phone? Noises, flashes, and lit up screens are distracting to the musicians and other audience members. Please keep your phone on silent during the performance. You're welcome to take photos and post them on social media before and after the performance, though! Please feel free to tag us.

What if I can't make the concert? Tickets can be used at any performance at either venue.

Can I eat or drink during the performance? Receptions before the concert are complimentary; at International House they are in the same room as the concert, so you can take your refreshments to your seat. At Fourth Presbyterian Church, the reception is outside of the performance space; food is not allowed in the chapel where the performance takes place.

When do doors open? The reception begins a half hour before the concert begins.

What do I do if I arrive late? We understand that sometimes you may arrive after the performance begins. If this happens, please wait until the end of a movement to take your seat.

Is seating reserved? Seats at both venues are general admission.

What is the dress? Most people don’t come in jeans, but you needn’t dress up, either.

When do I applaud the musicians? Customarily, the audience applauds at the end of the entire piece, not between movements.

COVID-19: 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.


Please call International House (773) 753-2270 to arrange for use of the elevator.

Concerts at Fourth Presbyterian Church take place in the modern addition, to the west of the gothic church. Elevators are located halfway between the Chestnut St. entrance and the Delaware Pl. entrance.