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Old 07-01-2008, 06:49 AM
 
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I will be coming from the North west (MB province) heading to pick something up in Michigan City, IN, and I was wondering what is the best way to get around or through Chicago?

Do I just take the I90 right in?? Would that be the quickest and fastest route or should I alter my GPS do go another route... Also hoping to miss the heavy trafic zones as well, if it's better to take the long way around that's no problem with me as well. (plan to take a couple of days off from work so I have some time to go)

The biggest city I travelled through was Atlanta and that was pretty crazy for me...

I'm not sure if I really want to go straight through the city, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks,
KC

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Old 07-01-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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If you have up-to-the-minute traffic updates and construction warnings on your GPS, simply follow that. I believe that would be your best bet.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:31 AM
 
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As a former long time Chicago area resident and former farmboy this would be my advise.

1) WBBM radio does the best traffic reports. 780 on your AM dial.
a) The Kennedy is I-90 north of the city.
b) The Edens is I-94 north of the city.
c) The Dan Ryan is both south of downtown.
2) It is all about timing. Avoid 6am-10am and 3pm-7pm.
3) Get up to date construction info and remember you have options coming from the NW. I-90 or I-94.
4) My experience is relax, have a full tank of gas, go through downtown and take the Skyway into Indiana.

Even better, get a room and enjoy a night in the greatest city in America. E-mail me and I'll give you a few of my reasons to split up the drive and enjoy a night in the city.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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The biggest city I travelled through was Atlanta and that was pretty crazy for me...
Atlanta is certainly scarier to drive in than Chicago.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Atlanta is certainly scarier to drive in than Chicago.
Try the driving through the length of the west side (like Madison,Washington,etc...) or the south side (Michigan, State,Martin Luther, Wabash,etc...) on surface streets and you will see they are not much different.

It is just that Chicago has more good areas than Atlanta and many people do not see the real funk that 2/3's of Chicago really is exists.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:05 PM
 
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Try the driving through the length of the west side (like Madison,Washington,etc...) or the south side (Michigan, State,Martin Luther, Wabash,etc...) on surface streets and you will see they are not much different.

It is just that Chicago has more good areas than Atlanta and many people do not see the real funk that 2/3's of Chicago really is exists.
No, I don't mean that.

I mean the expressways in Atlanta are way more scary with completely brain dead drivers in Chicago. they all have the mentality that they are a NASCAR champion in the middle of rush hour on a 16 lane highway.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:08 PM
 
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No, I don't mean that.

I mean the expressways in Atlanta are way more scary with completely brain dead drivers in Chicago. they all have the mentality that they are a NASCAR champion in the middle of rush hour on a 16 lane highway.
Hmm try driving on the Dan Ryan. lol
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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Hmm try driving on the Dan Ryan. lol
I have. I've never had a problem in Chicago. And despite the fact that I rarely drive anymore, I still haven't had a problem.

Have you ever driven in Atlanta?
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have. I've never had a problem in Chicago. And despite the fact that I rarely drive anymore, I still haven't had a problem.

Have you ever driven in Atlanta?
How many times? Once? You do not own a car.

I have driven in Atlanta.

I am done arguing about this.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:16 PM
 
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I mean the expressways in Atlanta are way more scary with completely brain dead drivers in Chicago. they all have the mentality that they are a NASCAR champion in the middle of rush hour on a 16 lane highway.
As a Chicago person who lived in Atlanta for a year, I completely agree.

My theory was that Atlanta had way more transplants, hence different driving styles. The same driving-style mismatch happens on the Beltway in Washington, DC. (But I digress!)
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