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Old 02-03-2015, 03:54 PM   #1
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I-90 west ?

HI 3yrs ago took my grandkids to south Dakota, by way of I-90 all was good till chicago never saw traffic like that before was backed up for 30 miles till the airport ,this was on a Monday about 12.30pm was so bad and we had to go put the truck in park in the fast lane and just went right there is it always like that ????

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Old 02-03-2015, 04:58 PM   #2
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Your mistake was going through Chicago. A better choice is I294 to I290 to I90. Even this can get a little slow at rush hour, but usually not too bad. There are some other alternatives farther to the west, but they get a little complicated.


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Old 02-08-2015, 08:01 AM   #3
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I am guessing you are coming from the East. I would do everything to avoid the "Chicagaland area". 10 million people within 50 mile radius of "downtown". and "toll roads".. either go over the top of Lake Michigan, thru Wisc, down to I90, or, way South of the "lake", across Illinois, to I 39, then North to Wisconsin, to I 90/94, to Tomah area where I90 splits Westward.
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Every time I had to go thru that city I went late @ night. I remember one car that was sitting on the side of the Hwy was sitting on ground and the tires were gone.
I would make my plans so that I go thru late at night or 2-4am
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:54 AM   #5
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Makes no difference what time. The cost of tolls and the cost of stress and anxiety, is way too much .. I lived 35 miles southwest of Chicago for 48 years. Out in the country. Hardly ever went to Chicago. Avoided it like the plague. Now live in Janesville, Wi. Still, we go "down" to visit kids and grandkids. We take I 39. No tolls, and open spaces.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:23 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by bulldog2 View Post
HI 3yrs ago took my grandkids to south Dakota, by way of I-90 all was good till chicago never saw traffic like that before was backed up for 30 miles till the airport ,this was on a Monday about 12.30pm was so bad and we had to go put the truck in park in the fast lane and just went right there is it always like that ????
You probably went through a construction phase on I90. The Toll-roads in IL and IN are consistently under construction from April to Nov or later each year. It is a rolling construction phase on these roads You do realize that I80; I90 and I94 all combined together to route under Lake Michigan in IN and the pass through into IL.

I have found for traveling west through IL that I will take I80 west only one toll as you leave I80 / I294 plaza 43. You than travel on I80 west till you intersect I39 north bond; but again there are two or three tolls as you leave I39 and merge on to I90 in Rockford and leave the state.

I have found out that the best time to travel through this area is before or after rush hour in the AM or PM. Rush hour usually start around 6:00 AM and ends around 8:00 AM and than from 3:00 PM till 5:30 PM. I plan accordingly.

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Next time you go through with the grandkids, have them pull out their smartphones and open up Google Maps. They will be able to see up to the minute traffic on the roads and tell you what route to take around Chi-town!

Google Maps is the ONLY way I travel.
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We've been through Chicago a number of times, it was on the direct route between our WI home and South Carolina.

The construction moves around, but is always present someplace. The biggest improvement for us was after we got an IPASS account. Avoid rush hour, take the 294 bypass (don't stay on 90 through the loop) and use the IPASS, which lets you sail past the toll booths.

Taking the "southern route", connecting with I39, is an option but will add a couple of hours to your trip.
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Most often a good idea to take the go around road when it comes to major cities.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:59 AM   #10
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We go out that way every year, always a crap shoot. This is what works for us now. Stay on I-80 all the way out to La Salle. Get on I-39 North to Rockford and pick up I-90 there. Minimun tolls, way less trafic, and way less stress. Probably only 35 minutes longer. Sometimes we stay at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet, great campground.
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I-90 west ?

X2 on I-39. Stay on I-80 right across the southern fringe of Chicago and you can usually miss most of the hassle. And the LaSalle area makes a good stopping point. We've stopped there several times to visit old friends south of Ottawa. Starved Rock SP is beautiful, right along the Illinois River. At exit 81in LaSalle is the Hickory Hollow campground, and a KOA a bit north of Exit 81 that is small, clean, neat, friendly, and reasonable. Just south of Starved Rock is Cozy Corner Campground, a small, homey mom & pop place run by Dave (retired Marine) and his wife. Super nice and friendly, but only 30A (when we were there in 2012). We've stayed at all of them, and would go back to any.

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