Hours, Maps and Directions

Current status of access to Fermilab


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.

Fermilab visitors are allowed to visit two buildings on their own. They may visit the ground, first, second and 15th floors of Wilson Hall Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Fermilab Art Gallery is on Wilson Hall's second floor. Science and educational displays, as well as an observation area for viewing the Fermilab grounds, are on Wilson Hall's 15th floor. On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors may visit the 15th floor from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visitors may visit the Lederman Science Center, which is open 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. A map of Fermilab's public areas is available online.

How to enter Fermilab

Visitors may enter Fermilab through the Pine Street entrance in Batavia, Illinois, or the Batavia Road entrance in Warrenville, Illinois. Delivery trucks need to use the Wilson Street entrance in Batavia. After presenting a valid photo ID and telling the security officer the purpose of their visit, most visitors will simply pass through the security checkpoint. Roadways that are off limits to visiting members of the public are posted with signs, and motorists can ask at the site entrances for maps to guide them to the public areas.

The Fermilab Security Plan identifies certain workspaces as "Property Protection Areas." Fermilab ID badges are required for entry into these areas. If a visitor needs to enter a Property Protection Area in order to conduct business at the lab or to meet with someone who works at the lab, he or she must obtain a temporary visitor's pass at the Pine Street entrance and wear it while inside the Property Protection Area.

Maps 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 at the intersection will point you to the Fermilab entrance.

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.