|JOHN F. KENNEDY EXPRESSWAY
Route number: Interstate 90/94 from Chicago downtown to Foster Ave. The road
splits into I-94 (northbound) Edens Expy. and I-90 (Kennedy Expy.)
Direction: Northwest from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport
Length: 16 miles
Original name: Northwest Expressway
Renamed: 1963 to honor President Kennedy
Alternate routes: Elston Ave., Milwaukee Ave., Higgins Rd., Northwest
Trivia Bits: On November 29, 1963, the Chicago City Council unanimously
voted to change the name of the Northwest Expressway to the John Fitzgerald
Kennedy Expressway. The act came at 12:37 p.m., one week almost to the minute
from the time that President Kennedy had been struck down by an assassin's
bullets in Dallas.
The Kennedy's route number was originally IL-194. It has held the
I-90 designation since 1973.
The Kennedy also has two reversible lanes in its center. Automated
gates control the traffic access so that the extra lane is available for
inbound traffic in the morning and outbound traffic in the
Route number: I-94
Direction: North from the Kennedy to Northbrook and the Tri-State Tollway
Alternate routes: Cicero/Skokie Blvd.
Route number: I-90
Direction: Northwest from O'Hare Airport to Schaumburg, Rockford, and
the Wisconsin state line
Alternate routes: Higgins Rd., Golf Rd.
Route number: none (yet)
Direction: West from the Eisenhower Extension (I-290, Rt. 53) to Lake St.
Length: 5 miles
Alternate route: Consider Irving Park Rd., or Lake St.
Route number: I-190
Direction: West from the Kennedy Expressway into O'Hare
Length: 3 miles
Trivia Bits: I-190 is the shortest interstate in Illinois.
|LAKE SHORE DRIVE
Route number: US 41
Direction: Along Chicago's lakefront - south from Hollywood St. to 67th
St. Route 41 designation begins at Foster Ave.
Alternate routes: Sheridan Rd., "Inner" Lake Shore Drive - the street, Cannon Drive. South L.S.D:
Drexel Blvd, Lake Park, or even the Dan Ryan Expressway.
* Exit guides are from Brandon Gorte's site.
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Sources: Chicago Public Library,
the Illinois Highways Page, and the
Chicago Area Interstates Page.
Note: Length refers to total Illinois length. Direction is specific to the
Expressways are grouped by general direction from the Loop:
North and Northwest, West, South,
Southeast and Southwest, and