COVID-19 and UChicago Presents

The last eight months have been challenging for us all as we've been separated from friends and loved ones and forced to learn how to live our lives online. Through it all, however, UChicago Presents has worked to keep you connected to each other and to the music that sustains and inspires you.

As we look ahead to the winter and spring of 2021, we have come to the difficult but necessary conclusion that we cannot continue to plan for in-person performances as we had hoped, and we regret to share that all in person concerts have been canceled through the end of this season. Our first priority is to the health and safety of our audiences and community, and we cannot responsibly plan to bring audiences together in our venues on campus.

While we are saddened that we will be unable to gather in person, this decision will allow us to direct our attention to digital performances and to continue to bring you events that enlighten, engage, and inspire, even from afar. We look forward to sharing our digital plans for the winter and spring.

If you previously subscribed to the 2020/21 concert season, the value of your tickets has automatically been applied to your account. This credit may be used to purchase tickets to any online concerts and events this season, and it may be used for subscriptions to the 2021/22 concert season, when subscriptions become available. Subscribers may also contribute the value of their tickets as a tax-deductible donation to UChicago Presents, or they may request a refund. To make a donation or request a refund, please email or call (773) 702-ARTS (2787) and leave your name, callback number, and a time when you can be reached.

Thank you as always for your enduring support of UChicago Presents and for being a part of our community. You, our audience, are at the heart of what we do.

With gratitude,

Amy Iwano
Executive Director, UChicago Presents

When will UChicago Presents announce updated plans for the 2020/21 season?

All in-person concerts and events for the 2020/21 season have been canceled. We will share information about digital concerts and events as it becomes available.

When will UChicago Presents resume in person concerts?

In person audiences will be invited back to concerts at the University of Chicago when it is deemed safe to do so and following guidance from the University, City of Chicago, and State of Illinois.

When in-person performances resume, UChicago Presents expects that certain precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place. These may include shorter performances, physically distanced seating, the wearing of masks, and personal health screenings.

What concerts are happening in the 2020/21 season?

A full list of schedule updates, including new programs, is available here. All changes are also reflected on the 2020/21 events page.

Have any concerts from the 2019/20 season been rescheduled?

UChicago Presents is working to reschedule canceled concerts from the 2019/20 season for future seasons. Stay tuned for the 2021/22 season announcement in March 2021.

When will I be able to buy tickets for the 2020/21 season?

Tickets for digital events in the 2020/21 season will become available as events are announced.

I already subscribed to the 2020/21 season. What happens to my tickets?

Patrons who have already subscribed to the 2020/21 season will have the value of tickets to canceled concerts automatically applied to their account. This credit may be used to purchase tickets to any virtual event in the 2020/21 season, or for subscriptions to the 2021/22 season, when they become available. Subscribers may also contribute part or all of their credit as a tax-deductible donation to support UChicago Presents' artists and the presentation of concerts and events digitally. Patrons with tickets to canceled concerts may also request a refund at any time.

For donations and refunds, please call the UChicago Arts Box Office at 773.702.ARTS (2787) and leave a callback number and a time when you can be reached.

What safety measures will be in place to protect audiences when concerts resume?

UChicago Presents continues to work with UChicago Arts and University leadership to develop guidelines and safety measures under which audiences may return in person for concerts and events. These measures are likely to include shorter performances, physically distanced seating, touchless ticketing, enhanced cleaning between all events, mask-wearing, health screenings, and contact tracing. More information will be shared as plans develop, and UChicago Presents will offer a complete reopening guide for audiences when in-person performances are able to resume.