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Wrightwood 659

RSVP required to visit this site.


659 W. Wrightwood Ave.


Lincoln Park


Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Tadao Ando, 2018


Wrightwood 659 is a new exhibition space conceived for the presentation of exhibitions on architecture and socially engaged art. It is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who has adaptively reused a 1920s apartment building to dramatic effect. Ando planted his signature concrete forms within the reconstructed brick building and opened it to natural light, resulting in an exhilarating mash-up of old and new. Beginning with the triple-height atrium and culminating in an enclosed treetop terrace, Wrightwood 659 succeeds as a contemplative space in which to experience art and architecture in conversation. It is a private, non-commercial initiative envisioned as a new kind of arts space and cultural resource for Chicago.

Visitor Experience

Visitors may choose between a self-guided or guided experience. Two exhibitions are on display during Open House Chicago. The second floor galleries feature a scale model of Japan’s cultural gem, Naoshima Island, along with models of the three Ando-designed museums in the United States. On the third and fourth floors is the first U.S. retrospective exhibition of Japanese surrealist artist Tetsuya Ishida, whose work reveals the sense of disorientation and alienation that permeated Japan’s consumer society during and after the recession of the 1990s.

RSVP Only site: This site requires advance registration and will not accept drop-in visitors. Please visit Wrightwood 659's website at this link to schedule a visit during OHC.