Route number: I-294
Direction: Starting at the Wisconsin border as I-94, it heads southward to
Chicago and "rings" the metro area. Eventually it heads eastward as a part
of I-80. The toll portion ends at the intersection with I-94 (Ford
Length: 53 miles
Alternate routes: The Tri-State rings the city, and there is no single road
that parallels it along the entire trip. On its north-south portion, try Route 83, also known as the Kingery Expressway
but not directly connected to the I-80/94 Kingery Expressway (see below). Further
north, try Mannheim Road, River Road, and Milwaukee Ave.
Trivia bits: 294 was the first Illinois highway to receive interstate
designation. It meets I-94 at both ends.
Route number: I-355
Direction: South from the Eisenhower Extension to I-55
Length: 18 miles
Alternate routes: Route 53.
Direction: East from Joliet to the Indiana state line. Further west, I-80
enters Illinois in the Quad City region.
Length: 163 miles
Alternate routes: 159th St/Southwest Hwy (US-6) and US-30 (Lincoln Hwy)
Route number: I-80/94
Direction: East from the Bishop Ford Expressway and the Tri-State Tollway
to the Indiana state line
Length: 3 miles
Alternate routes: Chicago Skyway, US-30, Ridge Rd, US-12 and US-20.
* 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