Kirkland Fine Arts Center experiences a high volume of traffic for major events so patrons are encouraged to plan an early arrival. The Kirkland Fine Arts Center Main Auditorium opens 30 minutes prior to most performances. Refreshments are served in the lobby starting one hour prior to a performance and both Perkinson Gallery and the Lower Gallery are open for viewings when an exhibit is present. Several parking lots are available for events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Refer to our parking map for more details.
Parking lots near the facility
Kirkland Main Parking Lot: Located directly in front of the Center, this lot provides adequate parking for smaller, more intimate events. Access to the lot is available from the West entrance only. All patrons must use this entrance when leaving the Center. Only a few handicapped spaces are available, so these patrons are urged to plan an early arrival. If a drop-off is required, patrons should pull their car to the East curb (between the Circle Drive and Kirkland Drive). In some cases, the main parking lot may not be available to regular patrons. During larger events, such as the Kirkland Series performances or MDSO concerts, this lot may be full. In such cases, the lots listed below should be available.
Westminster Parking Lot: Located South-West and across the street (Highway 48) of the main parking lot, this lot provides ample parking for larger events. The entrance to the lot is located on West Main Street across from the Alumni and Development House. Patrons should use the cross walk either at the corner of West Main and Highway 48 or in front of the Center at the North end of the Westminster Parking Lot. Patrons are urged to take caution when crossing Highway 48.
Staley Parking Lot: Located South of the Center, this lot is accessible from West Main Street. Because the lot is small, finding a space during larger events may prove difficult. It is only a two minute walk from the Center entrance. This lot is recommended for performances held at Albert Taylor Theatre inside Shilling Hall.
Wood Street Lots: These lots are accessible from Wood Street and are located South of the Center. Patrons should use the crosswalk at the North end of the lots that crosses West Main Street or at the North-West intersection of West Main and Highway 48. Handicapped accessibility is limited in these lots for events held at Kirkland Fine Arts Center, with a walking distance of three to four minutes.
Valet Parking is offered for most major events as a complimentary service by Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theatre fraternity on Millikin University’s campus, for most major events. Donations are accepted and used to support performing arts programming on Millikin’s campus and around the Decatur community. Only a limited number of spaces are available for Valet Parking and cars are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The drop-off location for Valet Parking is directly in front of the center in the circle drive. Cars are retrieved at the North entrance of the Center from the interior of the building. All cars must exit the Kirkland Fine Arts Center parking lot from the West entrance/exit. Please call the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office at 217-424-6318 to find out if Valet Parking is available for a specific event.
Reserved Parking is offered to members of our Friends program who join at the $250 level or above. Members who desire to have a space reserved in the Kirkland Parking Lot for a specified event must contact the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office at 217-424-6318 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled event. Spaces will not be reserved unless the Ticket Office has been notified. All reserved spaces will be released at 10 minutes prior to the scheduled program start time. Reserved spaces are not guaranteed less than 10 minutes prior to the performance in order to insure a pleasant experience by all patrons.
During performances, Kirkland Fine Arts Center's main lot has ten handicapped marked spaces. Once these spots have been used, Kirkland is unable to provide a designated location for patrons with disabilities to park. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early if they need these spaces. Additional options include Valet Parking, patron drop-off in front of the Center, and parking across Fairview Avenue in the Westminster handicapped marked spaces. Additional spaces can be reserved in advance to ticketed productions if patrons have a handicap placard/plate and call the Ticket Office at least 48 hours prior to the performance.
Free Shuttle Service
If you struggle with traveling independently due to a disability, or you're just not comfortable driving after dark or during inclement weather, you no longer have to miss your favorite shows at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. We have made arrangements with the folks over at Baldwin Shuttle to provide round-trip shuttle service to seniors who would like to attend ticketed events at Kirkland! All our patrons need to do is simply call Baldwin Shuttle at least 48 hours prior to the event at (217) 422-5906 and reserve your seat on the mini-bus. Baldwin will pick you up at your front door, and bring you to the front patio at Kirkland so you can catch your favorite shows! This service is handicap friendly, can seat up to 14(including 2 wheel chair seats), and includes a wheel chair lift (please specify needing the lift at time of registration). We realize that there are lots of people in the community who would love to see a play, concert, or comedy performance at our auditorium who may struggle with transportation. Your problem has been solved!
To be clear, this is a shuttle service and partnership between Kirkland Fine Arts Center and Baldwin Shuttle to help those in need. This is NOT a taxi service for people looking for a free ride around town. We hope that by providing this outlet, more patrons will be able to attend shows they may have otherwise skipped due to weather, accessibility, or time of day. We also ask that you consider Baldwin Shuttle for your transportation needs the next time you travel.
Bus tours should contact the Kirkland Box Office at least 48 hours prior to their arrival in order to arrange drop-off and pick-up arrangements with Kirkland staff. Buses will be required to park across Fairview Avenue in Fairview Park during the performance. Special accommodations may be made with prior consent from the Kirkland Box Office.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center is located in Decatur, Illinois, just off of Highway 48, south of Highway 36 on the Millikin University Campus at 1184 W. Main St.
Traveling east on I-72 from Springfield
Take the first Decatur exit, EXIT 133 toward US-36 East/Decatur/Pana. Proceed into Decatur. Turn sharp right onto West Eldorado Street at stoplights. Turn left onto IL-48 (Fairview Avenue) at stoplights. Kirkland is on your left.
Traveling south on 51 from Bloomington
Travel south on US-51 south and continue to IL-121 north. Turn right on IL-121 north/IL-48 south (Pershing Road) at stoplights. Turn left onto IL-48 (North Oakland Avenue) at stoplights. IL-48 turns into Fairview Avenue. Kirkland Fine Arts Center is on your left.
Traveling west on I-72 from Champaign
Take the US-51 south exit, EXIT 141A toward Decatur. Merge onto US-51 south and continue to IL-121 north. Turn right on IL-121 north/IL-48 south (Pershing Road) at stoplights. Turn left onto IL-48 (North Oakland Avenue) at stoplights. IL-48 turns into Fairview Avenue. Kirkland Fine Arts Center is on your left.
Traveling north on 51
Follow US-51 north into Decatur. Take the IL-48 exit toward Decatur/Taylorville at stoplights via ramp. Follow Southside Drive. Turn right onto IL-48 north (Fairview Avenue) at next stoplights. Kirkland Fine Arts Center is on your right.
Decatur Tourist Information
If you are traveling from out of town for a Kirkland Fine Arts Center event we encourage you to make the most of your time in Decatur. Only one mile from Kirkland Fine Arts Center, explore downtown Decatur's fabulous dining, nightlife, and entertainment option before or after your show.
For information on the city of Decatur, including accommodations, visit the Decatur Convention and Visitors Bureau website.