Travel and Housing

Air Travel

United Airlines is the official conference airline for travel within the United States and will provide special rates for conference attendees who travel between August 2 and August 10, 1998. To take advantage of the conference rates, give a United ticket agent the meeting ID code, 584TL, when making reservations.

Directions from the Airports

Argonne National Laboratory and nearby hotels are about 45 minutes by car from each of the two major Chicago airports, O'Hare and Midway (see map below). Limousine and taxi service is available from each airport, and major car rental agencies serve both airports. Limousine reservations can be made by calling:

American Limousine Service 630.920.8888
United Limousine Service 630.969.3865 or 800.826.0341
The map also shows the major roadways serving the Chicago area. To reach Argonne from O'Hare Airport, drive east (toward Chicago) on Interstate 190 to the exit for Interstate 294 south (toward Indiana). Go south on Interstate 294 to the exit for Interstate 55 south (toward St. Louis). Interstate 294 is a toll road, so you will need $0.95 in change for the automatic lanes. (Alternatively, you can use the manual lanes with attendants.) Take Interstate 55 south to Exit 273A (South Cass Avenue). Exit there, drive over the overpass, and follow the signs for Argonne National Laboratory. Turn into the Laboratory entrance on Northgate Road and tell the guard at North Gate you are attending the Sixth International Conference on Biophysics and Synchrotron Radiation at the APS Conference Center.

From Midway Airport, take Cicero Avenue north to the entrance to Interstate 55 south (toward St. Louis), which will be on your left, then proceed as described above.

Conference Hotels

The main conference hotel is the Argonne Guest House, which is only a one-block walk from the APS facility and Conference Center. This facility is managed by Sodexho. Blocks of rooms have also been reserved at the Holiday Inn Willowbrook, the Fairfield Inn, the Bugetel Inn, the Ramada Limited, and the Comfort Inn. Three are located in Willowbrook near the intersection of Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 83, and the other two are in Bolingbrook near Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 53 (see map below). Special rates will be provided by all hotels to conference participants. To make reservations, please indicate your preference on the registration form. Please note that reservations for lodging at all conference hotels must be received no later than July 1, 1998, to obtain the special conference rate and guarantee housing.

Shuttle Bus Service from Off-Site Hotels

On Tuesday-Saturday mornings, shuttle-bus service will be provided from the off-site hotels to the APS Conference Center; buses will return to the hotels in the evening. Bus service will also be provided from Argonne National Laboratory to The Field Museum in Chicago for the conference banquet on Friday, August 7, 1998.

The map below shows the major highways connecting Chicago's two main airports and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as the locations of the off-site conference hotels

The Argonne site map below shows the Advanced Photon Source in the lower left (SW) corner. The Conference Center is located on the north side of the APS.