Map & Directions
Please be aware that there is road construction, including detours, on Hwy 52 (between Rochester and Chatfield) as well as Hwy 16 (between Dexter and Spring Valley) scheduled through the fall of 2019. Travel time to Lanesboro and the Commonweal will be affected. We advise planning extra time to get here during road construction.
The Commonweal Theatre is located at 208 Parkway Avenue North in downtown Lanesboro, nestled in the beautiful bluff country of southeast Minnesota.
From the North (Twin Cities & Rochester)
PLEASE NOTE: Expect detours & delays on Hwy 52 south of Rochester!
Road improvement projects will take place May-September, 2019.
Take Highway 52 south through Rochester and Chatfield.
At Fountain (about 9 miles south of Chatfield) turn left (east) onto County Road 8.
It’s about 9 miles from there to Lanesboro.
At the bottom of the hill as you approach town you’ll see a large parking lot beside a pond on your right. On busy days, you can park here and walk into town, or drive over the bridge to the stop sign and turn left onto Parkway Avenue.
The theatre is a block-and-a-half ahead, on your right.
From the South (Dubuque, Davenport, Decorah, IA)
Take Highway 52 north past Decorah, IA.
About 17 miles north, just past Prosper, MN, turn left (west, toward Harmony) to stay on Highway 52.
In 3.5 miles, in Canton, turn right (north) onto County Road 21.
(Alternatively, stay on 52N for 12.5 more miles, then turn right to take Highway 16 east.)
After 7.9 miles, at the stop sign, take a left turn to stay on County Road 21.
After 5.8 miles, at the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 16, turn right (east) onto 16 and proceed into Lanesboro (0.4 miles).
Turn left (north) onto Parkway Avenue (also Highway 250).
The theatre is 0.6 miles ahead, on the right.
From the East (Wisconsin or the Mississippi River)
Take I-90 west to Exit 249, Highway 43. Turn left (south) onto 43.
Take Highway 43 to Rushford (about 10 miles).
In Rushford turn right (west) onto Highway 16, which goes directly into Lanesboro.
Turn right (north) onto Parkway Ave (also Highway 250) and the theatre is 0.6 miles ahead on the right.
(Alternative route: From La Crescent take Highway 16 west to Lanesboro, a lovely drive along the Root River; about 46 miles.)
From the West (Albert Lea, Austin, MN, or further west)
Take I-90 east to Exit 193/Highway 16, near Dexter.
Follow 16 east (right) through Grand Meadow, Spring Valley and into Preston, where 16 joins Highway 52.
Turn right to follow 16/52 for 3.6 miles until 16 exits to the left (John Deere dealership on the corner).
Take Highway 16 directly into Lanesboro (5.2 miles).
Turn left (north) onto Parkway Ave (also Highway 250) and the Commonweal Theatre is 0.6 miles ahead on the right.