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Is I294 to I290 bad traffic?

Okay,

I'm heading down to Elmhurst tomorrow about 4-ish. I *plan* on taking 294 to 290, then west. I've never done that at that time..how bad is it? I'm not heading from home, so 294 is probably best to get me down that way further first.

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It's hit or miss...i worked in Antioch for a while, sometimes you'll fly, sometimes it takes three hours to get back to Downers Grove.

you might consider taking Rte 53 (or is it 59, i forget which runs up there)...i had a subdivision i was working on in Round Lake too, Prarie Walk it was called. If you can get on 294 by 4, you should be ok, any later than that...find another route.

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need more info...im down that route all the time....where is your start and end points?...i can totally walk ya through it

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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if your going 294 north its not bad. south is a bitch
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If you're coming from Round Lake at 4pm it's going to be horrible. I would almost suggest taking 83 south to 53 south and 290 east. I have done that trip many times from Libertyville and it's usually at a stand most of the way on 294.
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Yeah around 4:00 294 S is real crappy. If I use 294 I either go before 3:00PM or after 6:00PM

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294 is bad Northbound in the morning.
It is bad Southbound coming home.
Mostly in the area of 290 is the bottleneck.
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If you're coming from Round Lake at 4pm it's going to be horrible. I would almost suggest taking 83 south to 53 south and 290 east. I have done that trip many times from Libertyville and it's usually at a stand most of the way on 294.

i also back this up seeing i worked northern edge of buffalo grove...but we definatly need more info on start and end points

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Okay, I'm coming in from Wisconsin. I was thinking of just going the way I go when I come from home, hop on Fairfield to Quentin, to 12, then to 53, then to 290. It's usually not too bad, but lots of lights.

If 294 southbound around 290 sucks, I'll do another route.

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Yup, the back roads are a better bet after 4 if you know 'em...your lucky it's not road construction season yet, then you'd really be screwed.

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I have to disagree with everyone. I've worked in Northbrook the last 6 years and live in Villa Park. After they put in the new tolls everything has been great! today I left at 4:30 and it only took me 45 minutes to get home (literally from work to home). Occasionally you run into some traffic but generally it stays moving. Maybe its because I take the shoulder home!
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Haven't made the trip since the instituted the open road tolling, maybe it is better

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Once your past the Oakbrook toll booth its not to bad going west.

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what way i would take is 294 south....exit off lake cook road and take that west....that will take you to 290/53 south and then you can go from there...you will only take about 30 minutes from there depending on the time you take off...but you will avoid alot of bullshit...
i took that when i came back from gurnee...it doesnt matter about the open road tolling...the merge onto 290 from 294 is always a nightmare and always backed up...

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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what way i would take is 294 south....exit off lake cook road and take that west....that will take you to 290/53 south and then you can go from there...you will only take about 30 minutes from there depending on the time you take off...but you will avoid alot of bullshit...
i took that when i came back from gurnee...it doesnt matter about the open road tolling...the merge onto 290 from 294 is always a nightmare and always backed up...

I was thinking of doing this route, but Lake-Cook is usually a mess. But, as long as it's moving it isn't too bad.

Argh, $1.50 toll at Waukegan though

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If you use the expressways around Chicago, here are two links that you should have bookmarked:

http://www.gcmtravel.com/gcm/maps_chicago.jsp

Provides a real-time report on traffic conditions on all the local expressways and tollways, including congestion and travel times, traffic incidents, construction, and related information.

http://www.gcmtravelstats.com/

Sister site to the above, provides historical travel times for all the expressways. Very useful for trip planning.

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