|DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER EXPRESSWAY
Route number: Interstate 290
Direction: West from downtown Chicago to western suburbs, and northwest to
Length: 32 miles
Original name: Congress Street expressway
Renamed: 1964 to honor President and WWI veteran Eisenhower
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Route number: I-88
Direction: West from Eisenhower Expressway (Hillside) to Naperville, De
Kalb, and Rock Falls
Length: 143 miles
Opened: early 1960's
Alternate routes: Butterfield Road (Route 56) to North Aurora, and IL-30
Trivia bits:The East West Tollway's route number was changed at least
four times. The change to Interstate 88 from an Illinois route number
was made to allow a 65 MPH speed limit. A note to those who drive
I-88: When was the last time you saw someone driving 65 on 88?
* 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