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Visitor Information

Wade Center Visitor Information

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

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

  • Exit O’Hare and take I-294 South (Indiana)
  • Travel along I-294 South to I-88 Tollway West
  • Take I-88 West 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
  • Turn right into the parking area on the East side of Washington St.
  • Park in designated Wade Center visitor spots on the side of the lot closest to Washington St., or in any other "W" designated areas
  • 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
  • Turn right into the parking area on the East side of Washington St.
  • Park in designated Wade Center visitor spots on the side of the lot closest to Washington St., or in any other "W" designated areas

Limousines

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)

Taxicabs

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 1.888.344.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

Trains

See METRA for fares and schedules of METRA commuter 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. Passengers are now encouraged to use the Ventra App for ticket purchases. Purchasing tickets on trains can result in additional fees.

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

Wheaton Station: 8 blocks west of the college

Campus and Local Area Amenities

Rooms

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.

For rooms in private homes, contact the Housing Services Office at Wheaton College, 630.752.5427 or reslife@wheaton.edu. 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 Loging 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 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 items related to our authors.

The Wheaton College Post Office (CPO) is located in the lower level of the Beamer Center.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am – 3:45 pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays. 630.752.5083

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: