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Old 07-20-2014, 08:14 AM   #1
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Going through Chicago

We will be going via Chicago on our way to Kenosha Wi. I will be leaving Toledo Oh on Rt 80 Ohio turnpike, then it shows 90 to 94. Having never driven through the Chicago area, I am wondering if 294 would be a better choice? We will be in the MH towing. Hoping for some suggestions like best way, construction, etc. Looking at the map it looks like toll roads are the shortest way?
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Yes, definitely take the bypass.

We've been through Chicago many times. The bypass ads a few miles, which is why your GPS or mapping program may route you straight through, but the stress isn't worth it (plus, you'll likely loose any possible time advantage with traffic issues). The bypass will be relatively stress free. The toll booths are a royal pain, which is why we finally got an IPASS, but that would not be worth it for one trip. Tip on the toll booths, the booth to the far right is usually wider, to allow for trucks. The "regular" booths can be intimidatingly narrow.

Enjoy the trip.
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Yes, definitely take the bypass.

We've been through Chicago many times. The bypass ads a few miles, which is why your GPS or mapping program may route you straight through, but the stress isn't worth it (plus, you'll likely loose any possible time advantage with traffic issues). The bypass will be relatively stress free. The toll booths are a royal pain, which is why we finally got an IPASS, but that would not be worth it for one trip. Tip on the toll booths, the booth to the far right is usually wider, to allow for trucks. The "regular" booths can be intimidatingly narrow.

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Thanks for the information! I like less stress! Will be spending most time North, after our visit in Kenosha.
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YUP...you seen many rigs on 294. Depending on the day, you will still have traffic, but avoid the drive into the city. Having driven into the city for work for years, the tollway is preferable. Tolls aren't cheap, but better than the Ryan/Kennedy alternative.
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You need an I-Pass, it's much easier to drive thru the toll lanes & avoid the booths.
The I -Pass works on the Indiana, Ohio & all the other east coast highways, well worth the couple of bucks.
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Hello stearn, I agree that taking 294 is better than going up 90/94. I would also stay away from the rush hours as much as possible too.

I don't know what your time frame is but there is also a ferry that handles rvs that goes from Mi to WI. The cost of is reasonable. We are going in Aug up thru WI and then rather than coming back down around Chicago taking the ferry across to MI in Sept. For our rig, toad and us is about 390 or so.

Here is a link to the ferry .... SS Badger

Here is information on IPass

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Going through the city is the safest. You can't do much damage at 5 MPH. I like the idea of the ferry, or perhaps going through the U. P. Some people even take I80 all the way to I39. A bit extreme, but... I've been in traffic jams in Chi at 0200. One hiccup and it's bumper to bumper. Bob T
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We will be on our way tomorrow AM. We are set to try the by-pass. I can't imagine it could be worse than Atlanta, or Cincinnati?? I'm sure the trip back through the UP will be a lot less stressful! Again thanks for all the info!
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