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Unread 01-20-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Default Best Route around Chicago?

I am going to be driving from the Milwaukee area to Lansing, MI this friday and am wondering what it the best route to take around the city. On my way up to Wisconsin I took 294 and it wasn't bad but it was also in the middle of the night. I will end up driving through Chicago this friday around 6-7 pm or a little earlier and want to try and avoid any huge traffic jams.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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Sorry man, there's no good way to avoid it. 294 is still your best bet, but alternatively you can take 94 through the city if there is an accident or some other delay on 294 (I'd recommend listening to a traffic report on AM 780, but the highway names will be Greek to you if you're not familiar with them). To go around the bottom of Lake Michigan, I recommend the Skyway on most days. And on a Friday, you're going to hit traffic. The later into the evening you can push your Chicagoland part of the trip, the better off you will be.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 02:39 PM
 
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Ferry? Ferries operating in Wisconsin - Wisconsin Department of Transportation (looks like no all weather service...)

Airplane?

Obviously middle of the night is least likely to encounter problems. Most likely for delays are in the middle of snow storm. Evening rush hour tends to be a bit worse than AM -- truck traffic at Indiana border seems heavier.

If you decide to stay on 294 all the way around to I-80 your average speed tends to be higher, but time savings are minimal.

Wish there was an alternative...
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Unread 01-20-2009, 02:55 PM
 
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If things are REALLY bad on the tollways and expressways you could get of 94 at some point in the city, head east to Lake Shore Drive, take Lake Shore Drive to Hyde Park and make your way west to Stoney Island, and take Stoney Island to the Skyway... But 97% of the time this will take more time than just fighting the traffic on 294 or 94.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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If you're driving through at 6-7pm on a Friday, you're SOL. Just stay on 294, grin, and bear it.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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I have made that trip easily over 100 times- I agree with Drover- stay on 294- avoid 94 - don't go through the city or try the skyway.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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294
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Unread 01-20-2009, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Western Chicagoland
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Have Scotty beam you.
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Unread 01-21-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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Another vote for 294.
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Unread 01-21-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I hear bringing a car on that Lake Michigan Ferry from Manitowoc, WI to Luddington, MI is VERY EXPENSIVE
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