|ADLAI E. STEVENSON EXPRESSWAY
Route number: I-55
Direction: Southwest from downtown to Bolingbrook and Joliet. Continue
on 55 to Bloomington/Normal, Springfield, and St. Louis
Original name: Southwest Expressway
Renamed: 1965 for Governor and U.N. Ambassador Stevenson
Alternate routes: Archer Ave., Ogden Ave., and a combination of the Eisenhower
Expressway and the Tri-State Tollway.
|DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY
Route number: I-90/94. I-90 splits from the Ryan at 67th Street. The Ryan
is simply I-94 from 67th to 95th.
Direction: South from downtown to 95th Street, where it splits into I-57
Original name: Dan Ryan Expressway, named for the President of the Cook County
Board of Commissioners
Alternate routes: Lake Shore Drive, Halsted St.
Trivia Bit: At 14 lanes, the Ryan is one of the world's widest
expressways. Its "dual-dual" design consists of seven lanes in each direction
: four "express" lanes with limited exits, and three local-access
Direction: South and southwest from Chicago/95th Street to far south suburbs,
Kankakee, Champaign/Urbana and southern Illinois
Length: 358 miles
Alternate routes: Halsted St., Western Ave.
|BISHOP FORD EXPRESSWAY
Route number: I-94 to the Kingery Expressway (I-80)
Direction: Southeast from Chicago/95th street to I-80, where I-94 joins
80 and heads east to Indiana state line. The Ford continues south as
IL-394 to Sauk Trail.
Original name: Calumet Expressway
Route number: Formerly a part of I-90, the Skyway lost this interstate
designation in August 1999. It is now marked as simply "TO I-90" (from Rich
Carlson's Interstates page).
It meets I-90 at both ends: Dan Ryan Expressway and the
Indiana Toll Road. To my knowledge, the Indiana Toll Road is still I-90.
Direction: Southeast from Dan Ryan Expressway to the Indiana state line
Alternate routes: Bishop Ford Expressway to Kingery Expressway (I-80/94).
South Chicago Ave. parallels this road from 67th to 95th streets.
* 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