New Music and Communication Building Construction Project

Restricted Access to Arts Circle Drive
Updated November 7, 2014
As construction plans evolve, these dates may change. For up-to-date information regarding closures, please continue to visit this page.

A three-year construction project is now underway on the south side of campus will alter the normal route to and from the Theatre and Interpretation Center, including the Ethel M. Barber Theater, Josephine Louis Theater, Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater and Mussetter-Struble Theater.  Arts Circle Drive is now closed to traffic.  Please allow extra time for parking.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Construction is underway as part of the continued improvement and renovation to the Northwestern University south campus. The sidewalk on the southeast corner of the Wirtz Center that connects between the Marshall Dance Center and the Barber Theater is now open to the public. This allows access entirely around the Wirtz Center and easier access to the Ethel M. Barber Theater and Box Office. Please note that this does NOT include the sidewalk between the Louis Theater and the South Beach Parking Garage.  Access to Arts Circle Drive is still restricted to construction traffic.  However, new and improved handicap access to the Louis Theater is now open.

The handicap accessible drop off will still be available in the north circle drive located near the Block Museum of Art.

Thank you for your continued patience during this process!

Where can I park?

Free parking is available in the two split level parking lots available directly south of the Wirtz Center right off of Sheridan Road after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Both the South Beach Garage and the new Visitor Center Parking Garage may be used.

Please note that the multi-level South Beach parking lot structure is not accessible to patrons who are unable to climb stairs.  For information on parking and designated drop-off locations, please read our Special Access information below. 

How do I access the Box Office during the day?

The Wirtz Center Box Office is open for phone and in-person transactions Tuesdays-Fridays from 10am-5pm and Saturdays Noon-4pm.  Our website is available for ticket purchases 24/7 at 

The multi-level structure requires a permit during the week between the hours of 8am-4pm.  If you wish to come in-person to our Box Office, you may either come on Saturdays when parking in the structure is free or there are a limited number of 30-minute meters located on the upper level of the multi-level parking structure.  Patrons also may park along Sheridan Road south of Campus Drive and walk to the Box Office.

How can I get to each of the Wirtz Center spaces from the parking structure?

Special Access Parking

Barber Theater & Louis Theater:  After parking your vehicle in the multi-level structures exit to a pedestrian walkway along Campus Drive. Take the first sidewalk along the south side of the Wirtz Center building. The Josephine Louis Theater is located at the top of the ramp. For the Barber Theater, turn left after passing the Louis Theater.  The Barber Theater is located 200 feet and two the right.
Wallis Theater, Struble Theater, and Wirtz Center Administrative Offices:  After parking your vehicle in the multi-level structures exit to a pedestrian walkway along Campus Drive. When you reach Campus Drive, turn to your right and follow the sidewalk north, keeping the theater building on your right at all times.  You will pass John J. Louis Hall and then a loading dock before you come to a small sidewalk with bushes leading down to a set of glass doors.  Walk down the sidewalk and you will enter the lobby for both the Wallis and Struble Theater.  The stairs or elevator will take you to the second floor for the administrative offices.