Location & Directions
Members of our Department can be found in six buildings on campus:
Temporary Astronomy and Astrophysics Center (TAAC)
TAAC on campus map
TAAC floor plan
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Chicago
5640 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Department Future Home - William Eckhardt Research Center
"Eckhardt Center to foster precision science", by Steve Koppes, The University of Chicago News Office
The University of Chicago began in September 2011 the construction of the William Eckhardt Research Center, an architecturally innovative building that will host a broad spectrum of 21st-century science, from investigation of the deepest cosmic mysteries to manipulations of matter on the scale of atoms and molecules. The building is named for Chicago futures trader and alumnus William Eckhardt, SM’70, in recognition of his $20 million gift in support of advanced science at the University.
The Eckhardt Center ultimately will accommodate 24 faculty members of the Institute for Molecular Engineering along with their affiliated research programs, including graduate students, College students, and research and support staff. The Center also will provide space for more than 220 faculty members, staff, and graduate students in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, the theoretical physics group of the Enrico Fermi Institute, and part of the James Franck Institute.
"The new building will help to build stronger institutes and departments because of the enhanced inter-connectivity and new facilities" says Stephan Meyer, Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics. "Not only will we have modern laboratory space with good connection to faculty and research offices, the new building will provide well thought-out space for meetings, seminars, and informal collaboration. We have a lot to look forward to when the building is complete."
Laboratory of Astrophysics and Space Research (LASR)
Chicago, IL 60637
The building is accessible through the South entrance from 7am until 5pm. The building's North entrance and South entrance in evening/night hours are only accessible by key.
LASR on campus map
Street parking is available on the surrounding streets, and visitor parking is available in the parking garage at the corner of 55th and Ellis Ave.
Meter parking is available in the lot on the WEST of the LASR building - enter on 56th street after Drexel Avenue.
From the Airport
Taxis from O'Hare airport costs about $45+ tip; taxis from Midway cost about $25+tip (as of September 2004).
The Omega Airport Shuttle runs between O'Hare Airport and Hyde Park every hour from early in the morning to late evening. Reservations are not required. Schedule and fare information is available at the Omega Shuttle website. If taking the Omega Shuttle ask to be dropped off at the Quadrangle Club.
Bus and Train Information
Hyde Park is connected to downtown Chicago by the Metra Train and several CTA bus routes. Within Hyde Park there are several buses that serve the University community.
Maps and driving directions to Chicago, Hyde Park, and the campus can be found on the University's map pages, along with related visitor information. The most convenient visitor parking garage is on 55th Street between Ellis and Greenwood Avenues (enter on Ellis Avenue). The parking fee is $12 a day (or part thereof for shorter durations). The parking fee may be paid by cash or credit card. (For a map showing the location of the parking garage, see Parking at the University of Chicago.