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Old 04-05-2015, 07:24 AM   #15
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I will second the 355 route...I took 294 to 90 last Summer. Tolls and traffic were crazy. You can also take I-80 and skirt around Chicago from either direction. I've done this and taken 39 N to Wisconsin from 80 while coming from Indiana. It's a bit of a detour but it eliminates Chicago traffic and is less expensive

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Old 04-05-2015, 07:44 AM   #16
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We detoured around Chicago easily by using roads west of the city heading north, north east toward Wisconsin line. 88 'east to 294 north or 355 north will get you far quickly instead of going through the city.

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Old 04-05-2015, 08:01 AM   #17
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I have NJ ez pass, go thru Chicagoland four times a year, I even get to drive nice side city streets to get to my destination. From the East, I just head North after Gary In, when I hit Dan Ryan, I get over one lane and Inam in perfect position to go all the way to Milwaukee, no more lane chanes.

My ez pass works fine, i never check fees, for me ifpt is just part of the trip.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:33 AM   #18
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We made the run from MPLS to Grand Rapids, MI last year without much difficulty by taking I-39 to avoid Chicago. It was comparatively a much nicer drive. Driving through there so infrequently we haven't bothered with EZ Pass but just go through the regular manned toll booths. Going through the Upper Peninsula is a nice trip and U.S. 2 has numerous passing lanes now, but it will be slower.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:58 AM   #19
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I will drive 500 miles out of my before I will ever drive thru that state again if I have too. Worst towing experience I have ever had.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:04 PM   #20
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I went thru a sun pass toll near orlando with my ez pass from Rhode Island and 3 months later no nasty fine / letter. It would be nice if they all worked on one system .
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:08 PM   #21
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Will make sure we avoid Chicago on our trip out west in June.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:20 PM   #22
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If you HAVE to drive throught the city try and time it so you go through between 0800 and 1400 during the week. You will miss the morning and afternoon rush. Traffic will be busy but moving at a good pace. If its on the weekend check to see whats happening (sports event, concert or other events). Also check for construction.
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Old 04-05-2015, 01:20 PM   #23
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About I-355....I cannot see how this would work coming from Milwaukee, headed to Indianapolis??? How does one get over to 355 from 94?

You would take I-355 South to I-80 East, which runs into I-94 after your cross I-65 just into Indiana. If you're going to Indianapolis, you would take I-65 South.

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Old 04-05-2015, 01:35 PM   #24
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With a trip from as long as you've described, you can really do anything you want to avoid Chicago by hundreds of miles. How about going through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, across the Mackinac Bridge, over to Port Huron and then onto London? The "shortest" route through Chicago is 2,555 miles. The UP trip would be 2,539 miles. So it is actually fewer miles, although according to GP it would take an hour longer.

We were in Colorado last summer and decided to swing by St. Ignace, Michigan for a family reunion. It was a significant detour and added a thousand miles to our trip, but the northern Wisconsin and UP of Michigan were beautiful.
+1 vote on this trip. Losing an hour to avoid Chicago, and toll roads too, is a no brainer in my books. The UP and northern Wisconsin are beautiful. Pick up I 75 at Mackinaw city and head west on I 69 at Flint. Cross at Sarnia and it's 1 1/2 hours to Can Am.
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Old 04-05-2015, 03:47 PM   #25
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After over 30 years of delivering new cars on a transport truck I can tell you that I think ""CHICAGO"" is a word that they spelled wrong. There is not a good time to be there.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:38 PM   #26
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We live in VT and registered for our EZPass in NH as there are none in VT. The website was very confusing, so I had a customer service agent walk me thru the process. She had me registered with my Ram TV and the AS. It was NOT a commercial account. If we go thru a toll without the AS, it charges us only for the Ram. Before we travel in toll areas, we always make sure that our account has enough money in it. As for Chicago, there is nothing easy about it. We always take the interstates west of the "beltway" that is right next to the city. (Still crazy busy.) There is nothing like the EZPass in that area, as you do not have to go thru a toll booth - just stay at highway speed in the main lanes and the sensors read your pass. Wish I had done the EZPass years earlier.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:31 PM   #27
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Here is what the Maine E-ZPass website FAQ and personnel say:

Q: May I use my E-ZPass when I'm towing something?
A: You may use your Maine Turnpike E-ZPass to pay tolls when occasionally towing a trailer. The Maine Turnpike's E-ZPass system will identify the size of your vehicle as it passes through the toll lane and adjust the toll accordingly. Many other toll facilities do not offer this feature. Be sure to check with the toll facility before using your E-ZPass to pay while towing a trailer.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:39 PM   #28
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I'm driving with my Airstream from Maine to Davenport, Iowa in May for a wedding there, plus visits and a genealogy research stop along the way, so will want to avoid Chicago as well, presumably going around it to the south, but not too far out of the way. Is there a problem just driving across Indiana and Illinois on Route 80?

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