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Old 11-20-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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I live in Minneapolis and have made many road trips (1-2 a year) to visit family in the NYC area. The traditional plan had always been leave home in the morning, get to 90/290 about 1pm, take 290 to 294 to 80. Last year I tried the 290-355-80 and it was better in terms of no traffic or construction delays until the usual backup on 80 through the Indiana border, but I'm not sure I gained anything time wise.

This year is different - we plan to leave in the late afternoon after the kids get out of school on 12/22. The first option is to simply drive the shortest route straight through the city at about 11-12pm and stop for the night somewhere in Indiana. I assume I would not encounter any traffic that time of night on a Tuesday - is that a safe assumption? It's only a few miles further to go the 294 route instead of Dan Ryan/Skyway, would that make any difference? The second option would be to stop for the night around the O'Hare area, and continue on in the morning. Would I be nuts to choose any route on a Wednesday morning?

Any input is appreciated.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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If your goal is to bypass traffic, I would try to make to at least 65 in Indiana, if not east of there. You'll be through the worst traffic areas when you start in the morning. Stopping near O'Hare will put you right in the middle of morning traffic unless you wait until 10:00 or so to leave in the morning.

It's been awhile since I've driven the Dan Ryan/Skyway route at that time of night, but it always seems busy no matter what time of day/night. I've always preferred 294 even if the distance is a bit more. That's just my preference though.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Stick with 290-355-80.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Elgin, Illinois
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Stick with 290-355-80.
I agree. That 355 extension is the best thing going.

EDIT: Have driven many years from northern Illinois to Maine and back. Really!! Stay out as far from the city as you can even it's a few extra miles.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have to add that if you stay overnight in Indiana make sure it is in Portage or east of it!

If you can make it to South Bend even better!
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Elgin, Illinois
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Another thought: I hate night driving. If I were you I might think about a 4 or 5 hour drive to Rockford or Elgin, stop for the night and go on from there. Just a thought. It's your trip.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I just got back form a trip that took us through Indy on 80/94

we left our place... we live just off of 290 & Thorndale at 4am. went 290 to 294 into Indy. the first bit of traffic / construction slow down was just before 65 on 80/94. this was roughly 5-5:15 am.

After 65, the traffic was not too bad going east.

Coming back today... it was probably late morning when we went thru as i was home by noon.
Traffic was not bad at all for a Saturday.

Semi traffic always seems to be heavy, no matter what time you go thru... and even though, i too hate driving before the sun comes up... i think it's the best way to get thru 80/94.

btw... on our route, there were 2 construction areas, the 80/94 around 65 was the worst.

I have yet to take 355 all the way south. May do it for a trip to FLA over the winter.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Another thought: I hate night driving. If I were you I might think about a 4 or 5 hour drive to Rockford or Elgin, stop for the night and go on from there. Just a thought. It's your trip.
NO! Not unless you start mid to late morning. Inbound traffic on 90 starts backing up as far west as Barrington Rd. The idea of staying near O'Hare makes sense if you have easy acess to 294 South. I have driven 294 south in morning rush MANY times and it is free flowing south of O'Hare all the way into Indiana. The construction south of 95th is just about done making this stretch easier. One word of caution is the I-65-I-94 intersection in Indiana. It is under construction and can slow things down.
Safe travels!
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Elgin, Illinois
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NO! Not unless you start mid to late morning. Inbound traffic on 90 starts backing up as far west as Barrington Rd. The idea of staying near O'Hare makes sense if you have easy acess to 294 South. I have driven 294 south in morning rush MANY times and it is free flowing south of O'Hare all the way into Indiana. The construction south of 95th is just about done making this stretch easier. One word of caution is the I-65-I-94 intersection in Indiana. It is under construction and can slow things down.
Safe travels!
I understand your point of view. I drive I-90 east so seldom I didn't even think about it.
From here we take Rt. 20 to the Elgin / O'Hare expressway, feeds right into I-290 at Thorndale. It's pretty smooth trip.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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Minneapolis to the western burbs is about 5.5 - 6 hrs [it's been a while since i've driven it] But -- if you can get to the IL/IN border before 6am, you shouldn't have too many issues with traffic... with the exception of that 65/80/94 area.

I can't recall if I ever did that drive late in the day... say 10pm or later. I have no idea what the traffic conditions would be.
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