Originally Posted by billsmith
What's wrong with I-94
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I would recommend on Sundays just at that time. Light to no traffic unless traffic emergency. + you get a great look at skyline and have a choice of inbound express lanes /reversibles. And save yourself a toll. Short trip thru Hubbard;s cave and the closeness of skyscrapers and you are quickly onto the south leg the famed Dan Ryan. A glimpse at US Cellular/ White Sox Park and 20-25 minutes later you are merging on I-80. Be advised I am not on IDOT, no any tourism board. Just the way I see it.
The two times we have tried I-94 have been terrible! The first time, we were traveling with my Daughter and family in two vehicles when they moved to Kenosha. A friend that lived in Chicago had told us that after 7 PM I-94 would be OK. WRONG! We planned our trip from Knoxville to arrive south of Chicago around 7, and at first thought it was going to be good. A few miles north of I-80 traffic basically stopped, and we inched along forever. It took us about 9 hours from Knoxville to a little south of Chicago, and the last 90 miles to Kenosha took 3 hours!
On another trip, my wife and I tried I-94 south to return home, took us an hour longer than it normally does using the Tollway.
Maybe locals can wind around and know how to avoid the worst traffic, but for a visitor I-94 can be a real headache.
On our last trip, the tolls had nearly doubled on the Tri State, but we discovered how to bypass the most expensive one, the $2.80 one at the most northern toll stop.
We gladly pay the approx $6 each way tolls to avoid the Chicago traffic we have previously experienced.
A coulple weeks ago we went to Chicago from Kenosha for "tourist" purposes, on a Saturday, and the traffic on 41/94 was pretty horrendous.
I lived in Los Angeles for 7 years, San Diego for 14 years, we feel Chicago traffic is worse.