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Old 07-09-2020, 02:06 PM   #1
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To Chicago or not to Chicago?

Currently in Lincoln NE; heading to Shipshewana, IN. The no brained route would be I 80 straight through the Chicago area? We tow a 43ft 5th wheel. Is this a big deal. Is this a big deal with everything going on? I ask as I have never drive. Through this area. Any other suggestions?

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I-80 should be OK. Avoid 6 - 9am and 3 - 7pm, its always bad thru Chicago, but these times are the worst.
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80 will be fine. A little rough in spots.
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As others said I-80 is fine. Like any other large city, it is best to plan to avoid rush hour if at all possible.
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Currently in Lincoln NE; heading to Shipshewana, IN. The no brained route would be I 80 straight through the Chicago area? We tow a 43ft 5th wheel. Is this a big deal. Is this a big deal with everything going on? I ask as I have never drive. Through this area. Any other suggestions?

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you’ll be well south of Chicago proper but you’re gonna want to time your trip approx 10a-2p to avoid the most traffic. there will be lots of trucks. there will also be one toll plaza in Illinois. it may be closed so just roll thru. your license plate will be photographed which *may* result in a mailed bill.
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I live in Chicago and the other threads are good advice. One other thing— pick a lane and stay in it. You never know when one of our race car drivers will sneak up on you going 90 mph. Every town has these guys—
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I wouldn't worry about it right now. You'll still have the typical I-80 through traffic but we have a couple offices in Chicago and what I hear from that staff is that there's a lot of people working from home, so you won't have the normal commuter traffic on top of it. I think you're probably safe to widen your timeframe heading through the area to maybe 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

You'll probably face the most congestion where I-80 & 294 come together and it could be somewhat heavy through Hammond if not Gary.

Don't sweat it. The reality is not near as bad as the reputation.
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It's an awful drive traffic wise. Keep on pluggin'!
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As others said I-80 is fine. Like any other large city, it is best to plan to avoid rush hour if at all possible.
Awesome all .... thanks for the vote of confidence Been through the Oakland CA area and don’t care to go back with an RV. From what I’ve read elsewhere 30 is no better option than 80. So 80 it is
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you’ll be well south of Chicago proper but you’re gonna want to time your trip approx 10a-2p to avoid the most traffic. there will be lots of trucks. there will also be one toll plaza in Illinois. it may be closed so just roll thru. your license plate will be photographed which *may* result in a mailed bill.
We will be leaving from a park near Joliet which will allow us to time things through there and Gary, IN just right ... hopefully.

I heard people mail you tolls these days. Better than the old days of searching for quarters under the seat.
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I live in Chicago and the other threads are good advice. One other thing— pick a lane and stay in it. You never know when one of our race car drivers will sneak up on you going 90 mph. Every town has these guys—
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I wouldn't worry about it right now. You'll still have the typical I-80 through traffic but we have a couple offices in Chicago and what I hear from that staff is that there's a lot of people working from home, so you won't have the normal commuter traffic on top of it. I think you're probably safe to widen your timeframe heading through the area to maybe 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

You'll probably face the most congestion where I-80 & 294 come together and it could be somewhat heavy through Hammond if not Gary.

Don't sweat it. The reality is not near as bad as the reputation.
Oh man! Didn’t realize it had a reputation. Crapola

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It's an awful drive traffic wise. Keep on pluggin'!
No going back now ... park reservations all made.

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We will be leaving from a park near Joliet which will allow us to time things through there and Gary, IN just right ... hopefully.

I heard people mail you tolls these days. Better than the old days of searching for quarters under the seat.
that may be the new model thanks to the virus. AFAIK the staffed toll booths are still closed. posted signs ask that cash payers go online to pay. or wait for the bill.
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