Argonne National Laboratory is the first of the US National Laboratories to be founded and is located ~25km southwest of Chicago. The campus is situated within a forest preserve and provides many opportunities for outdoor activities (e.g., running and biking). Argonne has a rich heritage starting with Enrico Fermi as its first Director. Visitors need to get a gate pass to enter the Argonne campus. Note that for foreign nationals this has to be done some time in advance of the visit; Mae Warren can assist with the process. For US citizens the procedure is easier but still requires a day or so of processing. Visitors can stay at the Argonne Guest House, which is conveniently located on-campus.
Please see below for directions on reaching Argonne; more detailed instructions may be found on the Argonne visitor webpage. Once onsite, our group is located in the C wing of Building 360, which is a short walk from the Argonne Guest House. Please see the campus map as a guide.
From O’Hare Airport
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.
From Midway Airport
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.
Via Public Transportation
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.