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In Chicago, The Allure of Matter is co-presented at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago on the South Side and at Wrightwood 659 on the North Side.

1 Smart Museum of Art

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Smart Museum of Art

Wrightwood 659


All visits to Wrightwood 659 require a reservation.

Advance tickets for The Allure of Matter, including a gallery tour, are available online only for $16. During the run of the exhibition, free general admission tickets and $8 gallery tour tickets will be released each Tuesday for the current week.

Guests may arrive anytime within the first hour of their reservation time and can stay until the gallery closes. Tickets are non-transferable and are only valid for the person, date, and time listed on the ticket.

Getting There

Wrightwood 659 is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. Use of public transportation to visit is encouraged. The closest bus stops are Halsted & Wrightwood (#8 bus) and Clark & Deming (#22 & #36 buses) and the closest CTA station is at Fullerton & Sheffield (Brown, Purple, and Red Lines).

There are Divvy bike stations at Clark & Wrightwood and at Halsted & Wrightwood. Taxis are readily available on Clark Street.


Please note, there is no on-site parking and street parking is difficult. If you must drive, there is paid parking located at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Outpatient Center, 2515 N. Clark Street.