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Wade Center Offering Limited Appointments for Visitors

June 16, 2021

Due to changing COVID-19 guidelines set forth by Wheaton College, the Wade Center is able to offer limited appointments for visits to our museum or to research in the Kilby Reading Room.

The opportunity to schedule an appointment is available to asymptomatic visitors who currently reside in the United States and:

  • Are fully vaccinated (defined as ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID- 19 vaccine series, or ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of 1 dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine)

  • Follow the guidelines outlined by the Chicago Emergency Travel Order, which is updated each week and may require quarantining or a negative COVID-19 test before visiting the Wade Center.

The Wade Center staff is happy to provide further clarification about these policies if needed. Those who meet the qualifications above must read our Wade Center COVID-19 Procedures, which include how to schedule an appointment.

Note to International Visitors and Researchers: We sincerely apologize that you are not yet allowed to visit the Wade Center; we look forward to welcoming you back once it is safe and permissible to do so. In the meantime, you may contact the Wade at with questions; review our Collection Listings for access to our catalog and material descriptions; or email the Wade Center if interested in hiring college-approved scholars to perform research for you.

Wade Center Visitor Information

The Wade Center is open to the general public as well as the Wheaton College community. There is no admission fee.



Check the Wade's hours and closures.



Explore the Wade's museum exhibits and artifacts.


Group Visits

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Use the Reading Room

Use the Reading Room

Information you should know about using the Wade Center's collections.



Discover the seven authors of the Wade Center.

Visual Tour

Virtual Tour

Can't visit the Wade in person or want a sneak peak before you come? Take a virtual tour.

Parking, Directions, and Transportation Options

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" portion of the lot. Parking in the "W" 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 Wheaton College Parking Office (630.752.5558). To read more about available parking, please see the campus Parking Regulations.

Buses may also park in the Edman parking lot provided that space is available. See the Visiting Groups page for more information on school field trips and special interest group visits.

The Wade Center is located on the campus of Wheaton College at 351 E. Lincoln Avenue, on the corner of Lincoln and Washington streets. See the Wheaton College Campus Map and Information page for campus maps, driving directions, and transportation options.

Campus and Local Area Amenities


Wheaton College owns a guest home called "Harbor House" which is directly across the street from the Wade Center (510 N. Washington St.) and may accommodate Wade Center visitors as room allows. Contact Kristin Irvin, the Harbor House caretaker, at 630.752.7321 for more information.


See the Wheaton College Lodging page for more details. No hotels are within walking distance of the college. The closest ones are in Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, and Naperville.

Campus Dining

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, burgers, ice cream, sandwiches, bagels, yogurt, coffee, baked goods, and snacks. See Bon Appétit for current schedules.

Local 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. Fast food chains and other restaurants are located on N. Main Street past Geneva Rd., but require transportation.

The Wheaton College Post Office (CPO) is located in the lower level of the Beamer Center. See their webpage for hours and contact information.

A branch of the United States Postal Service is within walking distance in Downtown Wheaton at 122 N. Wheaton Ave.

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

The Wade Center is located on the campus of Wheaton College at 351 E. Lincoln Avenue, on the corner of Lincoln and Washington streets.