Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Urban Sketchers Chicago Comes To Fermilab

Where:          Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
When:           Sunday March 19, 2017, 12:00pm – 3:00pm    
What:           Let's Sketch with Urban Sketchers Chicago and Fermilab

Fermilab advances particle physics research using a range of techniques, asking different questions and using different tools. All ultimately aim at the same scientific goal: a complete understanding of the laws of nature and the cosmos.  For more information  http://www.fnal.gov

How:   For Urban Sketchers, simply show your photo ID and let the security officer know you are “meeting Georgia Schwender at Wilson Hall.” Urban Sketchers Wes Douglas and Peggy Condon will also meet you there.

We will meet in Wilson Hall (15-story high-rise building resembling the letter “A.”) by the reception desk in the Atrium. You'll see it sticking up off the prairie. Weather-permitting, some of you may wish to sketch outside. There are wild buffalo just to the north on the property.

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.
Directions: 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.
From Chicago, travel west on the Eisenhower (I-290) to I-88 (80 cents). Exit I-88 at the Farnsworth exit, north or right (toll). Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right at Pine Street, Fermilab's main entrance.
From O'Hare Airport, take I-90 east toward Chicago. After just a couple of miles, take I-294 south, toward Indiana (toll). From I-294 take the exit to I-88, the east-west tollway, toward Aurora (toll). From I-88, take the Farnsworth exit (toll). Turn north onto Farnsworth. Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right on Pine Street, the main entrance to Fermilab.

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.

You can also take the Metra UP West line to Geneva.

NOTE: If you decide on this option, please be sure to let Wes Douglas (wed317@gmail.com) or Peggy Condon know so that we can pick you up and drive you to Fermilab. 


  1. If taking the train, text Peggy for a ride to Fermi. 630-715-0130.

  2. You don't mention what there is to see inside. Do visitors get past the lobby?