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Old 04-04-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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Houston to Chicago - anything to know?

Traveling from Houston to Chicago next week. Never been through this part of the country. Seems straight forward.

Anything to know?
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We do that route pretty regularly, but head a little east to Nappanee instead of going to Chicago. If you stop around Sikeston, MO, you owe yourself a trip to Lambert's. There's a very convenient RV park there - Hinton RV Park.

Also, if you want to stop at Little Rock, the North Little Rock Riverside park has spots facing right onto the river. Nice for barge watching. Or go a little further east and stop at Tom Sawyer in West Memphis, AR.
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Depending on what time you hit Chicago and what part or suburb you are going to, it can be very congested not to mention tons of roadwork and tolls. What area are you visiting and what highway will you be coming in on? Do you have a cg or parking set up?
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really where we are going is outside of Schaumburg. So I think the overall plan is Houston to Tyler to Texarkana to Little Rock To Memphis to Schaumburg
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good sams routes us through 284, but that might not be the best way??
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the plan is to sleep in a walmart parking lot, but park at the hotel during the day, which they have ok'd (trade show)
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I assume you mean 294. If you skirt the city to the west via 294 you will be fine. If you are going to Shaumburg, you will take 355 to 53 most likely to 90 if you are going to the convention center. Either way as long as you avoid 7 am to 10 am and 330 to 7 pa the traffic should be light otherwise those air brakes will get a work out. Schaumburg is about 10 minutes from my dealership so if you have any problems or need rv parts or something send me a message. There is a general rv 15 minutes from Schaumburg and they are a fleetwood dealer. There is also a comp ground a bit west of Schaumburg if you would want to stay there. Anyhow, if you need anything, drop me a line. Might even have a hyundai you could use for an extended test drive.
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Mojo is right. No need to take I-294. Stay on I-55 to I-355, to I-90, all toll roads though.!! [ should really stop and get an I Pass].. AND yes, there is a lot to see and do once you get south of the "urban squall' Stop in Springfield and see the Lincoln museum, it is "AWESOME".. May even take time to see the arch in St louis, Lamberts is Sikeston Mo. is cute, they throw the rolls across the room to you. The Tom Sawyer campground in West Memphis is nice, right on the Mississippi river. HOWEVER....I55 in Arkansas is REALLY ROUGH. will shake the fillings out of your teeth. Anyway, you are in for an adventure. Have fun in spite of the traffic'..
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I assume you mean 294. If you skirt the city to the west via 294 you will be fine. If you are going to Shaumburg, you will take 355 to 53 most likely to 90 if you are going to the convention center. Either way as long as you avoid 7 am to 10 am and 330 to 7 pa the traffic should be light otherwise those air brakes will get a work out. Schaumburg is about 10 minutes from my dealership so if you have any problems or need rv parts or something send me a message. There is a general rv 15 minutes from Schaumburg and they are a fleetwood dealer. There is also a comp ground a bit west of Schaumburg if you would want to stay there. Anyhow, if you need anything, drop me a line. Might even have a hyundai you could use for an extended test drive.
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Mojo is right. No need to take I-294. Stay on I-55 to I-355, to I-90, all toll roads though.!! [ should really stop and get an I Pass].. AND yes, there is a lot to see and do once you get south of the "urban squall' Stop in Springfield and see the Lincoln museum, it is "AWESOME".. May even take time to see the arch in St louis, Lamberts is Sikeston Mo. is cute, they throw the rolls across the room to you. The Tom Sawyer campground in West Memphis is nice, right on the Mississippi river. HOWEVER....I55 in Arkansas is REALLY ROUGH. will shake the fillings out of your teeth. Anyway, you are in for an adventure. Have fun in spite of the traffic'..
Great advice! I am trying to figure out where I can get an ipass along the way upon entering the state. The last thing I want to do is pay toll booths the olf fashioned way.
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So then, I57 or I55?? Wonder if anyone has travelled these routes?

https://goo.gl/maps/dHS9l

and I-57

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Lamberts Cafe in Sikeston Mo will allow you to stay the night in their parking lot also.

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I am originally from Lemont Il. I have traveled I-55 and I 57 many times. I-55 would be a better choice for you. However, you could do I-55 on the way to Schaumburg, and I-57 on the return. South of Champaign, on I-57 you will be near Rend Lake. Nice C O E campground called "Gun Creek". Southern Illinois is the "foothills of the Ozarks".
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