Venue Information

Venue

The Chameleon User Meeting 2017 is being held near Chicago, IL at Argonne National Laboratory in the TCS Conference Center (Building 240), just inside the main Argonne gates. Attendees coming from offsite will enter the Conference Center through the visitor entrance before the gate, without passing through security. Attendees staying onsite at the Argonne Guest House must request a gate pass.

For directions to Argonne, see Directions below.

Lodging

We recommend staying at the following two hotels. They are either within walking distance of the conference center or provide a shuttle, so you don’t have to rent a car. We have reserved a block of rooms in each as follows.

Argonne Guest House

(on Argonne campus, 10-15 minute walk from the TCS conference center)

  • Rate: $88.90
  • To book: Call +1 (630) 739-6000 and ask for the “Chameleon room block”.
  • Please reserve your room by August 13th, 2017 to receive discounted rate
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are staying at the Guest House, you must make the following arrangements due to the security requirements at Argonne:
    • You must register as a visitor to obtain a gate pass. Please give Lynn Valentini (valentini at anl dot gov) as a sponsor. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must request your gate pass by August 13th, 2017 so there is sufficient time to process your security clearance.
    • If you are not renting a car, we recommend United Limousine for transportation to/from Argonne. UL is a contracted provider and can assure your driver meets security clearance criteria. Other taxi or limo drivers may have difficulty getting onsite. UL also offers a discounted rate for travel to/from Argonne.

Aloft Hotel Bolingbrook

(about 5 miles (10-minute drive) from conference venue, near shops, restaurants and other attractions)

Directions

Argonne National Laboratory occupies 1,500 wooded acres about 25 miles southwest of Chicago (see map). Out-of-town attendees can fly to either O’Hare (ORD) or Midway (MDW) airports.

To reach Argonne from O’Hare International Airport, take I-294 south to I-55. Exit west on I-55 (toward St. Louis) and continue for about four miles to Cass Avenue. Exit south on Cass and turn right at the Argonne sign on Northgate Road, immediately south of I-55. Follow Northgate Road to the Argonne Information Center, turn right and proceed directly to the TCS Conference Center.

To reach Argonne from Midway Airport, take Cicero Avenue north to I-55. Enter I-55 south and continue for about 14 miles to Cass Avenue. Exit south on Cass and turn right at the Argonne sign on Northgate Road, immediately south of I-55. Follow Northgate Road to the Argonne Information Center, turn right and proceed directly to the TCS Conference Center.

To reach Argonne by public transportation, take the Metra train to the Westmont Metra station. PACE bus #715 provides connections between Westmont and Argonne only in the morning and evening, and only on weekdays; there is no weekend service. For details, please consult the PACE schedule.

Transportation

There are various car rental, limousine, bus, taxi, and ride-sharing services available for transportation to/from Argonne. In general, limousine service to Argonne from the airports tends to be less expensive than a taxi or car rental.

IMPORTANT: If you are staying at the Argonne Guest House, we recommend using United Limousine — other taxi or limo drivers could have security problems getting onsite.

Car Rentals

Alamo 800-327-9633
Avis 800-331-1212 (O’Hare)
800-831-2847 (Midway)
Budget 800-527-0700
Dollar 800-800-4000
Enterprise 800-566-9249
Hertz 773-581-4107 (Midway)
National 800-328-4567 (O’Hare)
800-227-7368 (Midway)
Thrifty 800-527-7075 (Midway)

Ride-sharing

Lyft lyft.com
Uber uber.com

Limousines

For travelers staying at Argonne Guest House:
United Limousine 800-331-9037 or 630-969-3865
(please let the operator know you are travelling to Argonne National Lab)
For all other travelers:
A-1 Limousine 630-833-3788
Hinsdale Limousine Service 630-455-7003 or 888-483-6129
My Chauffeur 800-244-6200
West Suburban Travelers Limousine 630-668-9600

Bus Services

Pace Bus Route 715
(Westmont Station to Argonne)
847-364-7223
Argonne–University of Chicago Shuttle 630-252-5555

Taxi Services

Remember, if you are staying at the Argonne Guest House, we recommend using United Limousine – other taxi or limo drivers could have security problems getting onsite.

Checker Taxi 312-243-2537
Walley Cab 312-225-5411
Yellow Cab Co. 312-829-4222
Courtesy Taxi
(serving the Westmont Station)
630-968-1323