International Neutrino Summer School, July 6-17, 2009

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NUSS Social Event Information

Welcome to the International Neutrino Summer School social activities and area information web page! Several organized social events are being planned as part of the 2009 School. In addition, some free time is set aside in the schedule (particularly over the weekend) to allow participants the opportunity to explore the area surrounding Fermilab as well as nearby Chicago.

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, host of the 2009 School, is located on a beautiful 6,800 acre site in the western suburbs about 35 miles from downtown Chicago.

During the School, students will be staying at the Pheasant Run Resort located about 8 miles north of the Lab.

Note: This site is under construction and new links and information may be added in the future, so check back from time to time.




INSS Organized Events



Around the Hotel

The Pheasant Run Resort and Spa is located in St. Charles, IL, approximately 8 miles from Fermilab and 35 miles from downtown Chicago in the western suburbs. St. Charles is neighbor to several quaint towns which you may wish to explore while you are here, including Geneva, Batavia, and Naperville, to name a few. Similar to many towns in the midwest, there is very limited public transportation available. We provide some bus routes and taxi information below. Also, the Resort houses a rental car service and offers a free shuttle (advance notice required) that will transport guests anywhere within 5 miles of the Resort. The Resort is located within walking distance of many shops and reasonably priced restaurants. Maps and more information can be found by clicking on the links below.

  • We've compiled a map and list of restaurants that are located within about 1 mile of the hotel.

  • As well as a list of area shops and other activities.
  • To venture further from the hotel you should check out the Pace Bus system. Bus tickets are $1.75, one-way. The buses run on limited schedules (with no service on Sundays), so be sure to check when they are available. Two routes, linked below, pick up and drop off directly outside the Sears store in Charlestowne Mall (see map of shops above), which is about a 20 minute walk from Pheasant Run.


  • There are several Taxi compainies in the area as well, but you must call to have them pick you up.
    • American Taxi: (847) 253-4411
    • Fox Cab St. Charles: (630) 587-8822
    • Fox Cab Geneva: (630) 262-8822


Free Days

Saturday and Sunday July 11-12 are left as free days with no scheduled School activities. This is an ideal time to visit nearby Chicago for those interested. Free bus transportation will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday mornings from Pheasant Run to the Geneva METRA train station, with METRA train service to downtown Chicago. At the end of the day, students must catch the METRA train from Ogilvie Station to Geneva. Buses will then provide transportation from the Geneva train station back to Pheasant Run on both evenings. See daily schedule for pick-up and drop-off times.

  • Chicago is accessible by a local commuter train system, called METRA. The trip takes about 1 hour from Geneva to downtown Chicago.

    • A METRA train pass good for all day Saturday and Sunday will be provided free of charge by the school. Please see the summer school registration desk at Fermilab for more details.
    • Here is the schedule to/from Chicago for the line nearest the hotel (Union Pacific West Line) which leaves from Geneva, IL, approximately every 2 hours on the weekends.
    • METRA trains will take you to Ogilvie Station in downtown Chicago. From there you can get around the city easily on foot or on the CTA system of buses and subways trains. Taxis can also be hailed on the streets in most neighborhoods (although do not count on taking a taxi from Chicago back to Pheasant Run. It would easily cost $80-100 to take a taxi back to the hotel).

  • General Chicago tourism web sites:
  • Here are some highly recommended Museums and Other Sites to visit:

    AttractionDescriptionLocationHoursCost
    Millennium Park 24 acre park in heart of downtown Chicago, outdoor concerts Michigan Ave (N of the Art Institute) 6am-11pm
    (outdoor concert 7:30pm on Sat)
    free
    Architectural
    Boat Tour
    see world-class architecture
    along the Chicago River in
    1 1/2 hours
    tickets at 224 South Michigan Ave;
    board boats at SW corner Michigan & Wacker
    boats at 10, 11, 11:30, 12, 1,
    1:30, 2, 3, 3:30 (more on Sat)
    $28-32
    Sears Tower Skydeck the tallest building in Chicago; great view day and night Wacker & Jackson 9am to 10pm $14.95
    Hancock Observatory tall building with good views 875 North Michigan Ave 9am-11pm daily $13.00
    Navy Pier several activities including
    ferris wheel, Sat fireworks
    lakefront at Illinois St 10am to 10pm
    (midnight Fri, Sat)
    none for Navy Pier; attractions vary
    Field Museum museum of Natural History 18th St & Lake Shore Dr 9am to 5pm (last admission at 4) $23
    Shedd Aquarium large aquarium, dolphin shows east of Field Museum
    near the lake
    9am to 6pm $24.95,
    shows extra
    Adler Planetarium astronomy museum 1300 South Lake Shore Dr 10am to 4:30pm $10-$25
    depending on shows
    Art Institute art museum with new
    Modern art wing
    111 South Michigan Ave 10am to 5pm
    (until 8 on Thurs)
    $18
    (free after 5 on Thurs)
    Museum of Science and Industry science museum 57th St & Lake Shore Dr Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm,
    Sun 11am-5:30pm
    $13 + extra for
    some exhibits
    Lincoln Park Zoo zoo 2001 North Clark 10am-6:30pm weekends free

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