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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-04-2008, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Best route to Putnam from Chicagoland

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/Park+Fo...utnamville+IN/



Mapquest says to go all the way through Indy! WTF? Why? I've tried several different ways in the past. 65 to 231 south isn't bad. I've also tried 41 to 74 to 231 south. Which way do you guys take?

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Since I am starting in Aurora, I avoid the south side of Chicago backup and take 57 down and 74 over.

If you want all back roads, there are some more direct routes.

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Directions from Chicago (Back Roads to avoid 80/94 & 65 traffic)

For some back roads and some interstate:
I-55 south to Exit 241 (River Road), take a left
Dead ends into Rt 53, take a right
Go to the light (Peotone Rd), take a left
Go to Old Chicago Road, take a right
Dead ends into Rt 102, take a left
Take 102 into Kankakee and then take a left on William Latham Dr (If you get to where it dead ends into RT 45 then you went too far)
Take that to Rt 50 (N. Kinzie Ave) and turn left
Get on I-57 and head south
Take I-57 to I-74 and head east on I-74
Get off I-74 at Rt 231 (exit 34), and turn right to take 231 south
Take 231 south through Greencastle and all the way to Rt 40, take a left
Putnam is a few miles up Rt 40 on the right.

For all back roads:
I-55 south to Exit 241 (River Road), take a left
Dead ends into Rt 53, take a right
Go to the light (Peotone Rd), take a left
Go to Old Chicago Road, take a right
Dead ends into Rt 102, take a left
Take 102 into Kankakee and when it dead ends into RT 45, take a right
Stay on 45 through and out of Kankakee until it runs into Rt 52, then take a left
Take 52 all the way to Sheridan and through to Indiana and just keep taking it south until you get to Lafayette, then take Rt 231 south
Take 231 south all the way to Rt 40, take a left
Putnam is a few miles up Rt 40 on the right.

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Wow, you actually take 57 to 74. That takes you pretty far west.

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Wow, you actually take 57 to 74. That takes you pretty far west.
It is quick though, zero traffic. Saves me a bunch of time, especially leaving Friday after work and coming home Sunday night. 80/94 is always an issue during those times. Set the cruise and get the weekend started off right, RELAXED!

Wink and I both use those directions Wink posted since we both start by heading straight down RT59, he from Hoffman Estates and me from Aurora/Naperville.

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I think the best way for me is U.S. 41 south to I-74 east then just take I-74 to 231 south.

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You 2 shmucks should come out and ride this weekend.

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I think the best way for me is U.S. 41 south to I-74 east then just take I-74 to 231 south.
Yep, that one is not bad either. I think you run through a bunch of little towns and speed limit reductions though on that route. Those local yocals love to snag a little money from you big city folk with dat fancy radar gadget.

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You 2 shmucks should come out and ride this weekend.
Don't think it hadn't crossed my mind Bro. Weather is gonna be great for you guys don't there, looks like.

I got zero bikes though. Jim and the fellas over at 4 & 6 are finishing mine up in preparation for next weekend at Blackhawk.

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Yep, that one is not bad either. I think you run through a bunch of little towns and speed limit reductions though on that route. Those local yocals love to snag a little money from you big city folk with dat fancy radar gadget.
I was dropping off my friend Chris Shaffer the other day coming back from ice riding. He lives in Barrington and we were in my big ugly van with the spare tire strapped to the roof. He goes "Dude, I'm surprised the Barrington Police don't have the helicoptor out after this van rite now."

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Don't think it hadn't crossed my mind Bro. Weather is gonna be great for you guys don't there, looks like.

I got zero bikes though. Jim and the fellas over at 4 & 6 are finishing mine up in preparation for next weekend at Blackhawk.
If you really get a bug up your ass call me. Wink has my number. I'll have both track prepped SVs with me.

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If you really get a bug up your ass call me. Wink has my number. I'll have both track prepped SVs with me.
Will do, thanks for the offer mang!

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SKyway to 65 to 231 is the route I have always taken. Now it also depends on the tiem of day but even then I usually take that route since I live so close to the skyway
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You 2 shmucks should come out and ride this weekend.
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You guys are too fast
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This is my last weekend to prep bikes for Blackhawk, and I have to get 5 bikes ready this weekend. I got ZERO done on my bike at Tech Day... except screwed up front brakes on the Ape 250...

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SKyway to 65 to 231 is the route I have always taken. Now it also depends on the tiem of day but even then I usually take that route since I live so close to the skyway
I heard that the Skyway to 65 is closed somewhere?!? I'm trying to find that out as that's the route I take from the south loop, but it soulnd like construction has something all jacked up. Can anyone confirm/deny?

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Actually, I just found this info:

http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/p...ost?id=2543719

http://www.topix.com/forum/indy/T84OICBF870PFSUOS

And a map of the detour:
http://www.in.gov/indot/div/projects...tourRoutes.pdf

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How long does it take you guys on these alternate routes? Longer than by highway? I'm going from the west burbs (not as far as Rt59), basically 88/355 intersection, so we usually take 295 to 65, usually takes us just under 4 hrs. We also only do one day, so we leave really early in the morning (like 4 am). Thank God the girlfriend drives!!




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I avoid the Borman and 65 like the plague.



Always take 294 - 57 - 74.


slightly farther, but less traffic.


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This is my last weekend to prep bikes for Blackhawk, and I have to get 5 bikes ready this weekend. I got ZERO done on my bike at Tech Day... except screwed up front brakes on the Ape 250...
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I avoid the Borman and 65 like the plague.

Always take 294 - 57 - 74.

slightly farther, but less traffic.

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I don't know what time you guys are heading out there, but I've left for Putnam around 2-3PM Friday afternoon on several occansion and hit no traffic whatsever using the Skyway to 65. Coming back home on Sunday evening can be a different story though, but after stopping for dinner it's usually not too bad.

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Let me know if you need any help, I seem to have a lot of free time.
well come over and finish my bike and trailer so i can go to putnam tomorrow.

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Let me know if you need any help, I seem to have a lot of free time.
Dan,

We're working on our bikes tomorrow, would love to have the help!!

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I think the best way for me is U.S. 41 south to I-74 east then just take I-74 to 231 south.
+1. Just about no traffic between Merrillville and Terre Haute and not as many speed traps as taking US 231.

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I think the best way for me is U.S. 41 south to I-74 east then just take I-74 to 231 south.
I have taken this route before. It takes longer than going through Indy. Small towns, some stop and go intersections. During daylight it was nice, but with no street lights it's a tough drive at night.

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So did anyone go along the higways and have an assesment of the contrustion suckiness along the Skyway-to-65 interchange?

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