Location

The Cyber Defense Competition 2017 will take place at Argonne National Laboratory’s Theory and Computing Sciences Conference Center (TCS) on April 1, 2017.

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Site Access

All visitors to Argonne need to obtain a gate pass. Upon arrival to Argonne, you will be asked to show a photo ID (state or license) or a passport. Argonne follows the REAL ID ACT, as such all attendees from those states (WA, MT, MN, MO, and ME) that are non-compliant will be required to present their passport to enter the laboratory grounds. For more information, please click here.

Argonne National Laboratory is a controlled access facility and approval for site access is required. All visitors must be pre-authorized before being allowed on the Argonne site. Once registration opens you will need to fill out an online Visitor Registration Form.

Important Note Regarding ID Cards

Argonne will accept alternate forms of photo ID (see list below) for individuals from the identified jurisdictions. This applies only to U.S. citizens; non-U.S. citizens must complete information for the non-U.S. approval process.

Argonne accepts these alternate forms of photo ID.:

  • U.S. passport or passport card
  • Federally issued photo identification, military ID, or other government-issued photo ID cards
  • HSPD-12 card or global entry card
  • Enhanced driver’s licenses or enhanced ID cards issued by the state of Minnesota

Directions

Argonne is easily accessible by car from downtown Chicago, as well as from Chicago’s two airports. (Google Maps)

General directions to Argonne National Laboratory (Northgate Road):

From I-55 take the southbound Cass Avenue exit (273A) to Northgate Road (main entrance); follow Northgate Road to the Argonne Information Center to obtain your visitor pass.  NOTE:  Northgate Road is approximately ¼ mile from I-55.

NOTE: It is best not to follow GPS once on Cass as you may be directed to an old entrance further south.

To reach Argonne from O’Hare International Airport

Proceed east (toward Chicago) on I-190 to the exit for Tri-State Tollway (I-294 south toward Indiana).  Proceed south on I-294 to the exit for Stevenson Expressway (I-55 south toward St. Louis) to exit 273A South 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. Total road time is approximately 45 minutes.

Portions tollway (~$1.50 at O’Hare toll; one or two toll booths may be unattended—if renting a car, recommend you obtain an iPass from the car rental agency)

To reach Argonne from Midway Airport

Proceed north on Cicero Avenue to Stevenson Expressway (I-55), proceed southwest (towards St. Louis) on I-55 to exit 273A South 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.

To reach Argonne from downtown Chicago

Proceed southwest (towards St. Louis) on Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to exit 273A South 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. Total road time is approximately 40 minutes.

Ground Transportation for Out-of-Town Participants

Local Activities

If you will be spending an extra day or two in the area, the Chicago Office of Tourism has information on attractions and events through it’s Choose Chicago web site.

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