Alternate Chicago Route

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ChickieMonster's Comment
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Well I have to go back through Chicago again. It wasn't bad early in the morning but I may have to do it during the day this time.

So I've been looking at alternate routes around Chicago. I am going to be headed eastbound on 90 and I am thinking about trying I-355 to avoid the heaviest of traffic.

Does anyone have experience doing this and can give me the full rundown on highway numbers? Exit numbers would be immensely helpful too if possible!

Rob S.'s Comment
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Just my two cents but if you're just passing through I'd stay on 90. I've done it at different times and it didn't seem that bad to me.

Jeremy G.'s Comment
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I have been stuck in chicago for 3 days. I agree 90 out. Just time management for the traffic. I suck at it I think. I get stuck in it all the time. Lol

David's Comment
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I have been stuck in chicago for 3 days. I agree 90 out. Just time management for the traffic. I suck at it I think. I get stuck in it all the time. Lol

I just passed through the Chicago area, I-88 from Oswego to I-294/I-94 up to WI... even at 12p its horrific to get through.. There really isnt a good time except maybe at 2am..... Took me 2.5hrs to get from Oswego, IL to the I-94 merge.....

Just stick it out on the 90 Chickie, not really worth taking other routes as there all pretty congested. Especially with all the construction going on.

JakeBreak's Comment
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90 isn't too bad just plan an extra hour into your trip anytime you have to go thru Chicago or Atlanta or dallas. The big spot to avoid during the day is the 290/294 interchange during the day. Other than that it isn't too bad

Joseph D.'s Comment
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I will usually use 294 when trying to get through the city. Though depending on what time you go through it can be just as bad.

Shiva's Comment
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Well I have to go back through Chicago again. It wasn't bad early in the morning but I may have to do it during the day this time.

So I've been looking at alternate routes around Chicago. I am going to be headed eastbound on 90 and I am thinking about trying I-355 to avoid the heaviest of traffic.

Does anyone have experience doing this and can give me the full rundown on highway numbers? Exit numbers would be immensely helpful too if possible!

I live in the area, i55 to i294 is a good route

Shiva's Comment
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Well I have to go back through Chicago again. It wasn't bad early in the morning but I may have to do it during the day this time.

So I've been looking at alternate routes around Chicago. I am going to be headed eastbound on 90 and I am thinking about trying I-355 to avoid the heaviest of traffic.

Does anyone have experience doing this and can give me the full rundown on highway numbers? Exit numbers would be immensely helpful too if possible!

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I live in the area, i55 to i294 is a good route

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Well I have to go back through Chicago again. It wasn't bad early in the morning but I may have to do it during the day this time.

So I've been looking at alternate routes around Chicago. I am going to be headed eastbound on 90 and I am thinking about trying I-355 to avoid the heaviest of traffic.

Does anyone have experience doing this and can give me the full rundown on highway numbers? Exit numbers would be immensely helpful too if possible!

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I live in the area, i55 to i294 is a good route

Sorry, i355 to i294

Michael S.'s Comment
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I've driven through there a few times in my personal vehicle. Going eastbound: I-90 -> I-355 -> I-290 -> I-94 -> I-80/I-90 has heavy traffic, but it's not the end of the world. Going through the city on I-90 is shorter by about five miles, but the stretch before you get to downtown really slows down and is worse (or so I've heard) than the slowdowns you'll experience on the bypass route.

It's a big city with an large network of freeways and a lot of traffic. You'll almost always experience a bottleneck in this situation. You'll find the same conditions around Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, ..., it's a really long list. The Chicago area is not an exceptionally bad region, it's just a bit worse. The only bad time is Winter, and that goes for a lot of places around the Great Lakes, mountainous areas, the Great Plains, the South if parts get the snow they're unprepared for, and other places I've failed to mention... Flagstaff AZ in the Winter comes to mind.

Chickiemonster don't sweat it. You can get through Chitown on a sunny day, it will just take a bit longer than you might like. I-94 in February, that's what you should look out for.

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