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Old 08-01-2016, 06:52 AM   #1
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Driving thru/around Chicago in RV Towing

We plan on going thru the Chicago area on Saturday morning while towing our MC trailer on the way to Sturgis. Should we stay on I90 and just take the beltway or detour to I80 and then I39 to 90.

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Right now the best way is probably to take 80 to 39. There is a lot of construction on 90 just west of the city limits. While it is okay to drive thru the 90 route will take you directly thru the downtown Chicago. While Saturday morning is usually okay to drive thru downtown my guess would be that taking 80 to 39 would be easier.

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Old 08-01-2016, 09:47 AM   #3
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It was over 13 years ago when we stupidly towed our then 28' TT through Chicago on I90. It was a nightmare I still remember. It is a toll road in places and sometimes the toll booths are on the right and sometimes they are on the left. Trying to change lanes to be set up for tolls was almost impossible. I finally had to resort to using the turn signals as an advisory and then change lanes. I had to teach a lesson on physics to several cars who wouldn't let me over. Tolls were very expensive too, especially on the last bridge into Indiana.

On our return trip we avoided Chicago and I90 altogether. It was the best decision.
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Old 08-01-2016, 11:51 AM   #4
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Getting around Chicago

Thanks for the response, what about taking 90 to 294 and jumping on 80 thru Cedar Rapids up to 90, is there a lot of construction on 39 vs 80?
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:04 PM   #5
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We just drove through Chicago a couple weeks ago on a Sunday from Iowa to Battle Creek, MI. We came in on 80 to 80/94, in your case 80/90, with no problems. There has been construction from Wyoming to Michigan to North Carolina. This time of year it's hard to avoid. Safe travels.
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Couple of good options for RVs through Chicago are 80w to 355n to 290n to 90w. It's a decent route, good shape roads last time I was on them, not terrible for traffic. 90w from Schaumburg to Rockford has had roadwork for what seems like the last 10 years. I don't know if it's done yet.

IMO the best route would be 80w to 39n. Easy driving, least amount of traffic roads are is decent shape. This route is longer miles wise, but very well could be the shortest time wise.

Going through town on 90, 94, 294, and central and southern 290 will have you buying new shocks and balljoints by the time you get to WI.

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