Site Access, Hours and Directions

Check the Fermilab home page for our latest news and a calendar of events, which also includes days that our main building and exhibits are closed.


Fermilab's site is open to the public every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November to March and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the rest of the year. A map of Fermilab's public areas is available online.

Fermilab visitors are allowed to visit two buildings on their own: Wilson Hall and the Leon Lederman Science Education Center.

The ground and first floor of Wilson Hall are open to the public every day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Science and educational displays, as well as observation areas for viewing the Fermilab grounds, are on Wilson Hall's 15th floor. It is open to the public Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please sign in at the reception desk in the atrium (first floor) of Wilson Hall.

The Fermilab Art Gallery is on Wilson Hall's second floor. It is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please sign in at the reception desk in the atrium (first floor) of Wilson Hall.

The Lederman Science Center is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 630-840-8258 to check on holiday hours or check the Lederman Science Center website. Groups of six or more must book a visit by calling the Center.

Fermilab site access

Visitors may enter Fermilab through any of the three entrances: Pine Street or Wilson Street in Batavia, Illinois, or the Batavia Road entrance in Warrenville, Illinois. Delivery trucks must use the Wilson Street entrance in Batavia.

A valid photo ID is required to enter the Fermilab site, and you must also tell the security officer the purpose for your visit. All U.S. state-issued IDs are accepted at the security checkpoints.

Certain areas of the site and roadways are open to the public; others are accessible only with a Fermilab or DOE ID badge. If you need help finding your way around the site, the security officer can provide a map and give you directions to your destination. Roadways that are off limits to visiting members of the public are clearly marked with signs.

Map of Fermilab

Directions to Fermilab

Fermilab's main entrance is located at the intersection of Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia, Illinois, about 45 miles west of Chicago. Delivery trucks need to use the entrance at Kirk Road and Wilson Street. There is no street number assigned to this entrance location. When using a GPS navigation unit, please enter the intersection as your destination. Signs posted near the intersection will point you to the Fermilab entrance.

Construction notice: The Farnsworth interchange on I-88, just south of Fermilab, will be under construction until 2017. Those traveling to Fermilab via I-88 may consider taking the Route 59 exit and using our Batavia Road entrance from Route 59. The Route 59 exit is east of the Farnsworth interchange. Please refer to this fact sheet for more information, or visit the Illinois Tollway website.

From Chicago

From Chicago, travel west on the Eisenhower (I-290) to I-88 (80 cents). Exit I-88 at the Farnsworth exit, north or right (60 cents). Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right at Pine Street, Fermilab's main entrance.

From O'Hare Airport

From O'Hare, take I-90 east toward Chicago. After just a couple of miles, take I-294 south, toward Indiana (80 cents). From I-294 take the exit to I-88, the east-west tollway, toward Aurora (80 cents). From I-88, take the Farnsworth exit (60 cents). Turn north onto Farnsworth. Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right on Pine Street, the main entrance to Fermilab. Come to Wilson Hall, the high-rise building. You'll see it sticking up off the prairie.

From Midway Airport

Take Cicero Avenue north to the Stevenson Expressway South (I-55) to I-355 North (toward northern suburbs). Take I-355 to the East-West tollway (I-88). Take I-88 West for approximately 10 miles to the Farnsworth North exit and turn right. Travel 2.9 miles to the Pine Street entrance to the Fermilab site.