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Chautauqua Institution
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Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, concerts, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages-all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.
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Pam T
Mansfield, OH261 contributions
I truly enjoyed the atmosphere of this location. My favorite thing was sitting in the rocking chair on the porch of the Atheneum Hotel. The serenity and the breeze off the lake was wonderful. Food in hotel was good but not anything to write home about. Entire area is quite costly as it costs to get in, to park, and the accommodations are quite pricey. Lottery system for the one place to stay in I looked into. Book early as you can go online for that place in February. Wonderful family atmosphere. They say you can get in on Sunday for free to attend church. Enjoyed hearing the symphony orchestra rehearse for an evening program mid day.
Written July 9, 2022
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Mary N
Saint Louis, MO19 contributions
While the lectures and presentations are consistently fabulous, the Chautauqua Board needs to encourage better restaurants and food offerings for day-trippers. Very poor overall: the food trucks are not any better than the sit-down restaurants. Pack your own sandwiches and picnic foods, or get take-out from outside the Institution grounds!
Written July 8, 2022
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BrenLucy
Warren, PA154 contributions
Family
Brian and I attended the Army Field Band concert. Great performance. Loved the patriotic music. Opening day, Sunday is a free day. No gate fee. Just pay $10 for parking.
Written June 27, 2022
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MaryBiz
Lakewood, NY6 contributions
Couples
The grounds are beautiful! There are many quaint old Victorian homes and beautiful gardens. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons there is an artist/craft market in an old fire garage by the front gate. The vendors change so we check it out every time we go!
Written June 13, 2022
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RSM123123
Plano, TX772 contributions
I'm going to give it a 5 because where else do you find such a diverse offering in a historical setting. Plus for me it is a family event. Yes, the gate passes and the restricted car parking is a hassle, but minor. Yes, it is expensive, but so is lacking culture and knowledge. From a business standpoint (for the institution) the age demographics of the attendees is a little worrisome because of the senior tilt. Plus who in the real world has enough vacation days to stay more than a week or two.
Written August 25, 2021
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Gail S
Cleveland, OH15 contributions
We were thrilled to be able to return to the Institution (CHQ)after cloistering at home for over a year. Our trip was planned specifically for week 4 to hear David French, Melissa Murray, Eddie Glaude, Jr and Chanticleer. All were superb. Most impressive was CHQ’S requirement to show proof of vaccination coming on the grounds and into the Amphitheater. Guests were still welcomed but needed to wear a mask and be seated in a specific area.

The beauty of CHQ is, is walking or bicycling the grounds, people and dog watching, it’s gracious pace and that there is something for everyone there.
Written July 25, 2021
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Anna F
Pittsburgh, PA11 contributions
Couples
We had a dinner reservation for “Heirloom” a hotel restaurant within the Chautauqua Institute Community. They would not let you inside the gates without a pass. The person at the gate had no idea how one gets a pass. After going inside some building to consult the information desk, they also had no idea how to get a pass for going to dinner. Then 20 minutes into our adventure, someone informed us that we needed a destination pass vs a concert pass to get to this restaurant. Thank heavens we were early. Also parking was $10. Unless you have a reason to be in Chautauqua Institute, I’m not sure why one goes there. The restaurant wasn’t great. Entry was worse than boarding an international flight.
Written July 24, 2021
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Kirbyk
Portsmouth, VA558 contributions
Solo
Read almost any history of Chautauqua Institution and you will be amazed at what it used to be. It’s always tried to be a culturally uplifting place, dedicated to the improvement of the human condition. In 2021, however it struggles to be relevant and its audience is made up largely of nostalgic seniors who are hoping to relive their youth and the Institution’s glory days.

I visited a long time ago with my parents. Much of the common space is pretty much the same, but condos have replaced the hotels and inns. Partially due to covid there are very few places to have a restaurant meal. The cost of gate passes, parking, lodging and food make it prohibitively expensive,especially for a family. I can’t imagine staying there for the whole 9 week season but many people boast of doing exactly that for multiple generations.

The programs are generally good but not great. Music programs are probably the best. Speakers are generally on the liberal side so be prepared if you are of a more conservative persuasion.

A reading of the Institution’s history will show that it has often struggled financially and the lost season of 2020 plus last minute plans for 2021 have probably not done them any favors. The Ampitheater was rarely more than 25% full. You can watch many of the programs via the CHQ ASSEMBLY streaming platform which reduces the need to attend in person unless you are planning to spend lots of time reminiscing with old friends.

The grand dame is showing her age which induces feelings of melancholy.
Written July 16, 2021
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Debra Harlander
Camden, NY12 contributions
Friends
My friend and I attended a concert. First, the Amphitheater itself is beautiful with great acoustics and our concert was magnificent. But it ends there. Getting there is a nightmare. My GPS actually took me right into the grounds. No guard. Since I have never been there I had no clue where I was going. The whole place has a Stepford Wives kind of vibe. The ushers at the venue were not friendly (the security officers were great). We even had an officer tell us that the residents are not fond of outsiders. Like what did that mean? It was just all out creepy and crowded with homes on top of each other on crowded tiny streets. It was confusing and very expensive. I am very grateful for the security guard who willing to help us. But the rest of the staff were rude and obnoxious. Not a great first impression.
Written July 3, 2021
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Hugh
South Ozone Park, NY1,138 contributions
It is hard to describe Chautauqua if you haven't been here. It is a summer of lectures, music , culture and fascinating people. Put it on your bucket list as soon as you can
Written June 27, 2021
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