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bypassing Chicago
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:59:22 PM »
Any thoughts on how to bypass Wrigley Field on my way from St. Looey to Grand Rapids?

The most direct route on Google maps is 495 miles. I don't mind adding an additional 100 miles if it will keep me away from the madness on a Friday afternoon.

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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014, 03:30:44 PM »
Your route doesn't take you anywhere near downtown Chicago.  80/94 stays way south of the City proper.  Indiana will suck, but that's it's job.  You'll be fine.
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014, 03:43:55 PM »
Your route doesn't take you anywhere near downtown Chicago.  80/94 stays way south of the City proper.  Indiana will suck, but that's it's job.  You'll be fine.

I hear you. Ever tried Grand Army of the Republic Highway at 1500-1700 on a Friday?
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 03:49:37 PM »
As a long time Rockford IL person (though not terribly informed on "south side" traffic), I'd consider routing up through Champaign IL on I-57 then jump east on a state highway somewhere around Kankakee IL over to I-65 northbound. Perhaps consider routing through Watseka???

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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2014, 04:22:29 PM »
I-70 to Indy, US-31 (two lane, divided hwy) north to South Bend, then get on I-96.  500 miles/8 hours.
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2014, 06:04:15 PM »
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As a long time Rockford IL person (though not terribly informed on "south side" traffic), I'd consider routing up through Champaign IL on I-57 then jump east on a state highway somewhere around Kankakee IL over to I-65 northbound. Perhaps consider routing through Watseka???

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Deal breaker would be how traffic choked I-80 between I-57 & I-65 would be.

No offense Jim but you have no cred wrt guiding a rider thru or around a large metropolitan area.  :-*
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2014, 06:48:33 PM »
I-70 to Indy, US-31 (two lane, divided hwy) north to South Bend, then get on I-96.  500 miles/8 hours.

This.  We took this home on a SS1000 from here to St Louis (for ribs) and back.  Nice ride, light traffic.

Although as mentioned, you'd be way south of Chicago, so traffic shouldn't be too bad.
Your route doesn't take you anywhere near downtown Chicago.  80/94 stays way south of the City proper.  Indiana will suck, but that's it's job.  You'll be fine.

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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2014, 07:01:07 PM »
I-70 to Indy, US-31 (two lane, divided hwy) north to South Bend, then get on I-96.  500 miles/8 hours.

This.  We took this home on a SS1000 from here to St Louis (for ribs) and back.  Nice ride, light traffic.

Although as mentioned, you'd be way south of Chicago, so traffic shouldn't be too bad.
Your route doesn't take you anywhere near downtown Chicago.  80/94 stays way south of the City proper.  Indiana will suck, but that's it's job.  You'll be fine.

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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2014, 07:08:44 PM »
I didn't hit much traffic in Chicago on my way to or from Janesville, WI when we picked up the Speedy! My buddy told me to avoid going through Chicago, but I'm glad that I didn't listen to him & chanced it! Some are obviously not as lucky!
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2014, 07:22:51 PM »
Friday afternoon?  I-80/94 will be screwed.  BTDT, got the sweaty t-shirt from sitting in jams to prove it.  Avoid.

Depends on the exact time of day.  If he's leaving St. Louis in the morning, he should be in that area in the early afternoon.  It should NOT be a problem then.
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2014, 07:47:46 PM »
Friday afternoon?  I-80/94 will be screwed.  BTDT, got the sweaty t-shirt from sitting in jams to prove it.  Avoid.

Depends on the exact time of day.  If he's leaving St. Louis in the morning, he should be in that area in the early afternoon.  It should be a problem then.

I understand what you're saying.
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2014, 07:55:36 PM »
It's only traffic. Deal with it.
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2014, 07:57:29 PM »
It's only traffic. Deal with it.

+1. Or avoid it!
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 08:02:02 AM »
Friday afternoon?  I-80/94 will be screwed.  BTDT, got the sweaty t-shirt from sitting in jams to prove it.  Avoid.

Depends on the exact time of day.  If he's leaving St. Louis in the morning, he should be in that area in the early afternoon.  It should be a problem then.

I understand what you're saying.

Sorry.  Major typo in my original post.  As long as you make to Indiana before 3:00 pm, you should NOT have a problem with traffic.
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014, 09:07:41 AM »
Friday afternoon?  I-80/94 will be screwed.  BTDT, got the sweaty t-shirt from sitting in jams to prove it.  Avoid.

Depends on the exact time of day.  If he's leaving St. Louis in the morning, he should be in that area in the early afternoon.  It should be a problem then.

I understand what you're saying.

Sorry.  Major typo in my original post.  As long as you make to Indiana before 3:00 pm, you should NOT have a problem with traffic.


Since they finished the Borman and the I65 interchange I have seen a vast improvement in traffic flow. It may slow up but it isn't the parking lot it was before. I remember back in the days it could take 3 hours to get from Chesterton In. to the Ill. border.
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Re: bypassing Chicago
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2014, 02:13:48 PM »
Once you get to Indiana (if you're on the bike and not in too much of a hurry), take 12 to Red Arrow to Blue Star, and then hop on 196 north of South Haven (maybe at North Shore Rd) as suggested. I ride to and from South Haven from north of CHicago about 6-8 times a year, and that's a decent route to avoid the expressway and take some sweepers and minor twisties at speed.

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