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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 5:50 pm Thread Starter
 
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Best Way Around Chicago

Hey Guys in Chicagoland:

What is the best way to avoid the traffic/congestion of Chicago? I am heading out the to Rally in Wyoming from Central Michigan probably on Sunday 7/13/08.

My options so far seem to be:

1) Take 80 West to 294 North to 290 to 90, or

2) Take 80 West to 39 North and get onto 90 or

3) Take the ferry to Milwaukee, however the ferry rates have gone up quite a bit this year ($144 one way, ouch).

Option #2 takes me way out away from the city, but is much further. Option #1 appears to be the fastest, however I am concerned about traffic...

Your advice is much appreciated!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 6:41 pm
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No traffic on Sundays usually...

But why are you on 90 to get to Wyoming? Shouldn't you stay on 80 the whole way?
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Here's a good website for chicago traffic with historical data...

www.gcmtravel.com
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If it was me...

I'd take 80 (now completely rebuilt and very, very smooth) and head West to 39, thence North to Madison, Wi and then head West.

294 is under summer construction and I'm not crazy about the actual road conditions for a bike, and the City route - Dan Ryan to the Kennedy to the Edens isn't great because the Edens is also under reconstruction.

Fortunately when I leave a day or so later, I'll be starting from the Northern Suburbs. See you there!

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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 10:40 pm
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Option 1 is your best bet. It takes you along the south west rim of the city and suburbs. It really doesn't take you that far out, it's a decent route. I've taken it many times. Lots of trucks, speed is 60-80, tolls until you get past the airport.
If you are coming through on a Sunday traffic isn't that bad depending on time of day. You might like the views.
I agree with JCW. I don't know why you would take 90 unless you have a detour planned. 90 will take you past Rockford, up to Madison WI, into Minnesota and Fargo.
There's usually a lot of trucks on 80 but it takes you straight across to Iowa and westward. I've taken 80 all the way to CA many times and like it.
You could also pick up 88 off of 294 down here and take it to the Quad Cities/Iowa line where it runs into 80. You have to pay tolls on 88 but there's usually fewer trucks and it's a little better of a ride.
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Option 4: Head north to the Mackinaw Bridge and go west over the UP. More time but a much nicer ride. Get off the super slab.

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I-90

The reason I picked 90 is that it seems to run closest to where I need to be, and I am staying just west of the Black Hills area in Newcastle WY.

I was a bit worried about I-80 and the recent Mid-West flooding. Also, I drove across 80 years ago, and it seemed to be nothing but trucks, although I suspect 90 will not be much better...

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Oh I see...

294 going north as said is under construction for about 20 miles. But still has 3 lanes open I think. And flies on Sunday.

The only problem would be the 290 to 90 exit. It can be a REAL BITCH with the suburban mall traffic. Woodfield mall.

I would even consider 80 to 355 to 90 to avoid that mess.
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Reconsideration

After reading everyones posts (and I do appreciate the input) I am now reconsidering taking I-80 west and then either taking the backroads in western Nebraska or I-29 North to I90.

Can anyone out there advise if the floods are effecting I-80 travel?

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http://www.weather.gov/ is a good starting point for flood info.
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