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12 (US-12) is known as Rand Road through much of the northwest suburbs. It runs mostly from southeast to northwest entering Illinois near The Skyway at the Indiana border and leaving Illinois near Richmond and Genoa City, WI. Route 12 runs from near Detroit, Michigan, through Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and ends in Aberdeen, Washington. Interestingly US Route 12 also passes through an Aberdeen, South Dakota.

(US-14) Also known as Northwest Highway and Ronald Reagan Highway, runs mostly southeast to northwest. It starts on the northwest side of Chicago (at Ridge and Peterson) and leaves Illinois at Bigfoot, WI. Stay on US-14 and you'll travel through Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and onward to the entrance to Yellowstone National Park west of Cody, Wyoming.

19 (IL-19)
Also known as Irving Park Road, Irving Park Boulevard, and Chicago-Elgin Road. Starts at the lake shore just north of Wrigley Field and heads west just south of O'Hare and onward to Elgin.

20 (US-20)
Also known as Lake Street until it jumps South on Mannheim, becomes LaGrange Road South until 95th Street, where it heads East until near the Skyway, where it enters Hammond, Indiana. Eastward US-20 passes through Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and all the way to Boston, Massachussetts. Westward US-20 heads Northwest through DuPage County to Elgin, Rockford, Freeport, passes through Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming (passes through Yellowstone), Idaho, and ends at US-101 in Newport, Oregon.

21 (IL-21)

22 (IL-22)

25 (IL-25)

31 (IL-31)

(US 41) Traverses from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border. South from Wisconsin US-41 is I-94 until Russell Road, where it turns off into Skokie Highway. Heading south to Chicago US-41 becomes several different street names and then Lake Shore Drive, where it heads Indiana.

43 (IL-43) Runs north and south -- north of Niles is called Waukegan Avenue and south of Niles is known as Harlem Avenue.


(IL-53) is now part of the freeway that runs from the 290 Extension to Dundee Road (IL-68). IL-53 leaves the northbound freeway at IL-68 (Dundee Rd.) and follows IL-68 west and then US-12 northwest to the old Hicks Road north of Rand Road (US-12) into Long Grove. The freeway north of Dundee Road is not numbered, but signs display "To IL-53" which you can access after you leave the freeway at westbound Lake-Cook Road to the Old Hicks Road intersection and head north. Southbound from the freeway at Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village, IL-53 leaves the freeway to follow south on Rohlwing Road, and changes to many different road names south past Joliet and Wilmington and stops at Braidwood, Illinois.

55 (I-55, see also Stevenson Expwy) runs from Lake Shore Drive (US-41) to Joliet, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, to St. Louis, to Memphis, and to New Orleans. Marked Historic US-66 where it replaced US-66.

57 (I-57) Runs from the Dan Ryan at 95th Street southwest through Illinois cities Kankakee and Champaign-Urbana onward through southern Illinois and onward to Memphis, TN.

58 (IL-58) runs from US-41 to the city of Elgin. Also known as Evanston-Elgin Rd or Golf Rd. Mainly known as Golf Rd. in Arlington Heights where it runs east-west through the south side of Arlington Heights connecting to Mount Prospect to the east and Rolling Meadows to the west.

59 (IL-59)

60 (IL-60)

62 (IL-62) Also known as Algonquin Road, runs northwest from IL-83 in Des Plaines to the city of Algonquin. On the south side of Arlington Heights IL-62 connects Mount Prospect to the east and Rolling Meadows to the west. Continuing west, IL-62 remains Algonquin Road until the route number ends at IL-31 just after crossing the Fox River. Algonquin Road continues west as McHenry County Road Number V32. A fork at Pyott Road takes V32 north with Pyott Road. Algonquin Road continues as McHenry County A48 until it ends in Huntley at IL-47.

64 (IL-64) North Avenue starts near the Lake Michigan shoreline, takes you west to Iowa and stretches to just west of Omaha, Nebraska. Notice it is not a US route.

68 (IL-68) Dundee Road runs east and west through the north side of Arlington Heights and connects to Buffalo Grove and Wheeling to the east and Palatine to the west. Eastward, IL-68 ends at I-94/US-41. Dundee Road continues until it ends near Milton and Glencoe Road in Glencoe. Westward, IL-68 passes through Palatine, Barrington, joins with IL-59 along Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills, joins IL-62 for a short time, then heads West to enter East Dundee, where it becomes Barrington Avenue and then ends as Penny Avenue at an intersection with IL-72 (Higgins Road) just East of the Fox River.

72 (IL-72)

80 (I-80) connects Teaneck, New Jersey to San Francisco,California. It passes through Illinois (south of Chicago) from Lansing, Indiana to Quad Cities in Iowa.

83 (IL-83)

88 (I-88) East-West Tollway, York Road to Dixon, where it merges with I-80..

90 (I-90) Part of Dan Ryan (I-90/94), Kennedy Expressway and Northwest Tollway. Connects Skyway to Rockford to Beloit, WI locally and Boston to Seattle, nationwide.

190 (I-190) Expressway runs a short length from the Kennedy Expressway into O'Hare International Airport.

(I-290, see Eisenhower Expressway)

290 Extension See also Eisenhower Expwy.

355 (I-355, see North-South Tollway)

Arlington Heights Road, formerly known as State Road, is the main North-South road through Arlington Heights. Arlington Heights Road passes North through Buffalo Grove and Long Grove, where it ends as a dead end just South of Long Grove - Aptakisic Road. Southward, Arlington Heights Road passes under the I-90 overpass with a full interchange and continues through Elk Grove and Itasca, where it ends just North of the Itasca Country Club (a few blocks North of Irving Park Road or IL-19).


Bishop Ford Expwy (officially Bishop Louis Henry Ford Freeway) Originally named the Calumet Expressway and renamed in 1996. Runs the I-94 from 95th Street (where the Dan Ryan name ends and I-57 splits southwest) until the Kingery Expressway (I-80).

The Canyon is the financial district where La Salle Street runs into Jackson Boulevard. The
Chicago Board of Trade faces visitors looking down La Salle Street.

Cash Box is the facility which includes toll lanes and toll gates.

Chicago Skyway opened in 1961 and was considered part of I-90 until 1999. The skyway joins the gap of I-90 between the Dan Ryan on one side and the Indiana Tollway on the other [

The Circle is the intersection of I-90/94 and I-290 near the University of Illinois at Chicago and near the medical centers along I-290 [

Dan Ryan Expwy (I-90/94) is one of the widest expressways in the world. Opened in 1962 and named after the late President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. The Dan Ryan runs from The Circle to 95th Street (near Comiskey Park and where I-94 and I-57 split).


East-West Tollway (I-88) Renamed The Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (6/11/04) runs west from the Hillside Strangler (junction with Tri-State Tollway) through Oak Brook, Naperville, DeKalb, Rochelle, Dixon, near East Moline and Rock Island where it merges and becomes I-80 through the Iowa state line. Near Streator it is no longer a tollway and becomes the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway.

Edens Expwy (I-94) runs north from the Kennedy Expressway up to Northbrook, where The Spur connects to the Tri-State. I-94 diverges West and US-41 diverges North as "The Edens" becomes Skokie Highway at about Lake Cook Road. US-41 becomes one in the same with I-94, just north of Lake Avenue, not Lake Street (US-20). The Edens opened in 1951, becoming the first expressway in the Chicago area and named in honor of William G Edens, a banker and financial advocate of paved roads.

Eisenhower Expwy (I-290) opened in 1954 and originally was named the Congress Expressway until renamed in 1969. Runs from downtown coming out of Congress Street going west and then north near Elk Grove and Schaumburg where it becomes the I-290 Extension and then Route 53.

Elgin-O'Hare Expwy (no number) Opened in 1993 and runs from Eisenhower Extension (I-290, Rt 53) near Itasca and Elk Grove Village west to Lake Street near Hanover Park and Bartlett . Doesn't really run to O'Hare or Elgin, yet.

Euclid Avenue runs East and West near the middle of Arlington Heights. From the West it begins at Roselle Road near Harper College in Palatine/Inverness and passes East through Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights. Euclid Avenue becomes Lake Avenue between Des Plaines River Road (US-45) and Milwaukee Avenue (IL-21) while passing through the Lake Avenue Woods, a Cook County Forest Preserve. Lake Avenue heads East through Glenview and Wilmette, where it ends at the Lake Michigan shoreline just east of Sheridan Road.

Gipper's Block a gaper's block on a Reagan named highway?

Hillside Strangler is the location where the East-West Tollway and the Tri-State Tollway converge with the Eisenhower Expressway in western Cook County [

Hubbard Cave is an area of the Kennedy Expressway which runs underneath Hubbard Street [

Ike (I-290, see Eisenhower Expressway)

I-PASS is the Illinois Tollway's electronic toll collection system that allows toll payment electronically, eliminating the need to carry change and stop the car for payment.

Jane Addams Tollway is the new name for the Northwest Tollway (see Northwest Tollway).


The Junction is where the Edens and Kennedy merge [

Kennedy Expwy (I-90/94) Originally named the Northwest Expressway upon completion in 1960. Renamed John F. Kennedy Expressway in 1963. Runs as I-90/94 from downtown Chicago (at Eisenhower Expressway) until Foster Avenue, where the Edens (I-94) splits north and the Kennedy Expressway becomes I-90 only continuing to O'Hare International Airport, where the Northwest Tollway begins and continues west as I-90.

Kingery Expwy (I-80/94) Runs east from the Bishop Ford to the Indiana state line.

Lake-Cook Road (or County Line Road because it also divides McHenry and Kane County) is a major highway that runs East-West from Algonquin and Barrington Hills eastward through Barrington (where it is also known as Main Street), Deer Park, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Riverwoods, Deerfield, and Highland Park, where it ends at Green Bay Road (just east of US-41).

Lake Shore Drive (US 41 from Foster north) runs from Hollywood south to 67th Street, partly along the shore of Lake Michigan and past Soldier Field.

The Loop is the heart of Chicago named after the
El tracks that form a ring (clockwise) connecting Lake Street, Wabash, Van Buren, and Wells Street.

LSD (see Lake Shore Drive)

The Mile Long Bridge is a bridge along I-294 stretching from about Odgen Avenue to about 183rd Sreet. A very large UPS distribution center is just south of the Mile Long Bridge [

North-South Tollway (I-355) Runs from Eisenhower Extension to I-55.

Northwest Tollway is now the Jane Adams Tollway (I-90) runs from O'Hare International Airport (where Kennedy Expressway name ends) west throught Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Elgin and northwest through Rockford and up to the Wisconsin state line.

Numbering System applies to interstates, highways and building addresses. East-West interstates and highways have even numbers. North-South interstates and highways have odd numbers. East-West Interstate numbers increase as they are placed South to North (e.g., I-10 through Texas, I-94 through North Dakota). North-South Interstate numbers increase as they are placed West to East (e.g., I-5 through Oregon, I-95 through Virginia). East-West US Route numbers increase as they are placed North to South (eg., Montana US-2, Alabama US-84). The North-South US Route numbers increase as they are placed East to West (eg., Maine US-1, California US-101). House numbers or building addresses use even numbers on the West side of a North-South street and the North side of an East-West street. House and building numbers use odd numbers on the East side of a North-South street and the South side of an East-West street.

Ohio Feeder is where you get off at the Ohio exit and drive the long Ohio exit ramp straight down to Ohio Street [

The Post Office is the building over I-290, just east of the Circle (checking, not sure if it still a Post Office).

Ronald Reagan Highway (US 14 in Illinois) also known as Northwest Highway.

Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway and Tollway (I-88) Renamed The Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (6/11/04) runs west from the Hillside Strangler (junction with Tri-State Tollway) through Oak Brook, Naperville, DeKalb, Rochelle, Dixon, near East Moline and Rock Island where it merges and becomes I-80 through the Iowa state line. Near Streator it is no longer a tollway and becomes the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway.

Skyway (see Chicago Skyway)

Spur is a strech of superhighway that connects I-94 to the Tri-State where I-294 becomes I-94 and heads north to Wisconsin [

State and Madison is the center (0,0) location where all street numbering for Chicago starts.

Steel Bridge is a large bridge on I-94 where it is known as the Bishop Lewis Ford Freeway betweeen Sibley Boulevard and 130th Street. The bridge crosses the Calumet River and several railroad tracks and is just south of Calumet Harbor [

Stevenson Expwy (I-55) Originally opened as the Southwest Expressway in 1964. In 1965 renamed the Adlai E. Stevenson Expressway in honor of the late United Nations ambassador and former governor of Illinois. Currently runs from Lake Shore Drive to DuPage County near Joliet and Bolingbrook. I-55 continues to Springfield, IL and further (see I-55).

The Tri-State Tollway (I-94, I-294, I-80) starts heading south at the I-94/US-41 junction near the Illinois-Wisconsin border, runs along I-294 from Deerfield to the Bishop Ford Expressway, and ends connecting with I-94 again at the I-94/IL-394 junction 2 miles from the Indiana line. Near Deerfield, I-94 veers eastward via The Spur and becomes the Edens running parallel to the Tri-State (I-294). From Hazelcrest to the Bishop Ford, I-294, the Tri-State and I-80 are the same stretch of roadway. Connects the three states: Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Navigators: Not to be used without a map for navigation. The information on this page is not intended for navigation or location of infrastructure. The reliability of this information depends on its underlyling data sources which have not been verified in a continuous timely manner. Highway names are changed periodically. This page is useful for general understanding of Chicago traffic and background information only.


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