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Old 01-07-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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I-80 in the Chicago area?

I'm doing some planning for this summer while it's about zero outside. During July, I would like to use I-80 thru the Chicago area, hopefully in the mid-morning to mid-afternoon time frame. Any problems other than unknown future construction and a few toll areas. If this is not recommended, should I detour to the south and use U. S. 24? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 01-07-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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I80 should be fine except at the height of the morning and evening rush when it will slow down around the Indiana border.


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I live close enough to I-80 to see the traffic on it from my kitchen window. The previous poster is correct. Stay away from I-80 from the Indian border to the Shorewood exit (just west of Joliet) during the morning rush hours of 6-8 am and again from 3-6 pm. There was some construction out near Joliet last summer but I have not been out that way in a while.
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Miss rush hour and you'll be fine. Only one toll booth and its got several manual lanes. Semis use it just fine. Find a sweet spot in the center lane and go with the flow. I usually divert to I 94, but the Indiana toll road is ok too. Might check Indiana construstion though, as there was might still be some where 80 and 94 split off.
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I80-90-94-294 are toll roads. I80 leaves the "toll" just west of Markham, Il. If you don't have an "I pass" you will pay double tolls, not cheap !!!
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I use to live near there and still visit frequently. It's always busy. Much worse at rush hour but always busy, even on weekends. Not trying to scare you, just prepare you. We now live in MI and always choose 94 over 80 coming home from the Chicago area. Usually starts thinning out by Gary IN.

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