Visitor Information


Marion E. Wade Center

Directions and Parking

The Wade Center is located at 351 E. Lincoln Avenue, on the corner of Lincoln and Washington streets. Designated Wade Center visitor parking is available across the street from the Wade Center in the parking lot north of Edman Chapel. If this area is full, you may park in the "W-C" portion of the lot. Parking in the "W-C" areas may result in a non-registration notice. Visitors may return this notice to the Parking Office at no charge. A researcher or visitor planning to visit one week or more at the Wade Center is eligible to receive a temporary parking permit by contacting the Parking Office (630/752-5558).  To read more about available parking, please see Parking Regulations. NOTE: Please avoid parking in Handicapped and Student 60-minute spaces. You will be ticketed for these two areas.

Museum VisitorsSee Wheaton College Campus Map and Information for campus maps and driving directions.

See Visiting Groups for more information on school field trips and special interest group visits.


Bon Appétit/Anderson Commons Dining Hall is located in the Beamer Center and serves full meals, including salad and sandwich bars. Hours vary by season. The Stupe and Sam's are located on the lower level of the Beamer Center, and serve pizza, ice cream, sandwiches, bagels, yogurt, coffee, baked goods, and snacks. See Bon Appétit for current schedules.

Restaurants: There are several restaurants within walking distance of the college in downtown Wheaton. Visitors with a car will find a variety of dining establishments available within a short drive. See the Downtown Wheaton website for more information.


The Wheaton College Bookstore, located in the Student Services Building, sells many of the current editions of works by and about the Wade Center authors. Office and study supplies are also available. In addition, the Wade Center has its own small sales area, with unique items related to our authors.

College Post Office (CPO)

Located in the lower level of the Beamer Center. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am – 3:45 pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays. 630/752-5083


Rooms: Wheaton College owns a guest home called "Harbor House" which is directly across the street from the Wade Center and may accommodate Wade Center visitors as room allows. Contact Kristin Irvin, the Harbor House caretaker, at 630/752-7321 for more information.

For rooms in private homes, contact the Housing Services Office at Wheaton College, 630/752-5427 or The staff will provide you with a list of available local rooms. Some homes are within walking distance of the college. NOTE: Rooms in homes do not always have a private bath. Please inquire.

Hotels: See the Wheaton College Travel Portal. No hotels are within walking distance of the college. The closest ones are in Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, and Naperville.


See Wheaton College’s Maps and Directions page for current information.

O’Hare International Airport: Car rentals and limousine services (see below) are available at the airport.

Directions to Wheaton from O’Hare

  • Exit O’Hare and take I-294 South (Indiana)
  • Travel along I-294 South to I-88 Tollway West
  • Take I-88 West to the Naperville Rd. exit
  • Travel 3.7 miles to Roosevelt Rd.
  • Turn right on Roosevelt Rd. and immediately turn left on Washington St.
  • Cross railroad track and continue N. on Washington 5 blocks to Lincoln

Midway Airport: Flights into Midway are often less expensive than flights into O’Hare. Check with your airline. Car rentals and limousine services are available at the airport.

Directions to Wheaton from Midway

  • Exit terminal parking lot left onto Cicero Ave.
  • Cicero Ave. North to I-55 South
  • Travel on I-55 South to I-355 North
  • Take I-355 North to Roosevelt Rd. exit
  • Turn left on Roosevelt Rd.
  • Travel 3.1 miles to Washington St. and turn right
  • Cross railroad tracks and continue N. on Washington 5 blocks to Lincoln


West Suburban Limousines is recommended for transportation to/from airports if not renting a car. Cost to and from Wheaton runs about $49-$59, plus tip.

Procedure: Phone for a reservation, 630/668-9600 or toll-free 1-800-345-5466, having on hand your flight information (airline, flight number, arrival/departure time, and number of passengers). Once you arrive at the airport and gather your luggage, call the Airport Pickup number, 1-800-942-5466. The limo company will tell you where to wait at the airport and will then drive you to the address where you are staying.

American Charter Coach (formerly Bluebird Limousine): is a shared ride limo and luxury sedan service to/from O’Hare and Midway. Advance reservations: 630/961-5500 From airport with advanced reservation, call 1-800-851-0200. Fares:  O'Hare to/from Wheaton $36.00 plus tip, Midway to/from Wheaton $46.00 plus tip (additional person $7.00 if on same reservation, plus surcharge)


American Taxi 630/790-8294; $38.00 plus tip to O'Hare; $46.00 plus tip to Midway; add $2 per additional passenger

Universal Taxi 888-344-TAXI (toll-free from O’Hare); 630/617-5400; 847/228-6608; $39.00 plus tip to O'Hare; $47.00 plus tip to Midway; add $2 per additional passenger


See METRA for fares and schedules of METRA trains that go to and from Chicago. The line to Wheaton College is the Union Pacific West line.

Chicago Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center: Corner of North Canal & West Madison Sts. Ticket windows on 2nd level. Info: 312/322-6777 or 312/836-7000 weekdays from 8am-5pm.

College Ave. Station: 4 blocks east of the college (recommended stop).

Wheaton Station: 8 blocks west of the college.

Medical Services

If in need of emergency aid while on the college campus, dial 5911. In the city of Wheaton, dial 911. For other medical care:

Central DuPage Hospital: 25 N. Winfield Rd., Winfield 630/933-1600

Danada Convenient Care: 7 Blanchard Circle, Wheaton

Wheaton Medical Clinic: 1800 N. Main St. 630/510-6900

Wheaton Eye Clinic: 2015 N. Main St. 630/668-8250

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