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Batavia, Illinois

Obscura Society Illinois: Inside the Tevatron

Join us for a very special behind-the-scenes tour of Fermilab!

Rarely available to the public: see the inside of the Tevatron, control room, wiring, mechanics and more as we explore Fermilab from the perspective of an accelerator operator!

Prior to the creation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, FermiLab's Tevatron was the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. Although the Tevatron was turned off in 2011 and is no longer in use, research continues at FermiLab. Scientists continue to glean insights from the immense amount of data collected during the Tevatron's years of operation. When the Higgs Boson was finally observed at CERN, scientists at FermiLab used that information to go back through the Tevatron's data and confirm that similar observations occurred right here in Illinois.

Saturday, February 21, in partnership with Enjoy Illinois, the Illinois Obscura Society will join accelerator operator Owen Marshall for a very special tour delving into the machinery, mechanics, magnets, and internal workings of the Tevatron. Our tour will include access to areas of FermiLab and the accelerator itself that are rarely available to the public.


Saturday, February 21, 10AM - 12PM
Tickets: $25
Please note that the event fee is being charged by Atlas Obscura for organizing the group, and is not a fee required by Fermilab. 
Meeting location: Fermilab's Wilson Hall, Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia, IL
Upon arriving at Fermilab you will be met by a guard who will ask for identification and your reason for visiting. Tell the guard that you are going to Wilson Hall for an Atlas Obscura tour. The guard can provide direction and suggestions for where to park - we recommend the lot beside Wilson Hall. Once parked we'll be meeting in the Atrium on the 1st floor.
Some quick guidelines for the enclosure:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk
  • No open toed shoes, shorts, or dresses
  • No eating, drinking, or smoking
  • No one under 14 allowed.

These rules come down from the Department of Energy. Even though FermiLab has not run the beam in years and the radiation danger is no worse than an average basement, the DOE is adamant that these restrictions are adhered to.

Photo I.D. is required to enter all facilities!