Road Information

Interstate 94 in Illinois    
Total Mileage in State: 77 miles
Eastern End: At Indiana state line
Western End: At Wisconsin state line
Mileage covered in Photos: 77 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Cook, Lake
Major Junctions in Photos: I-80/I-294, in South Holland
I-57, in Chicago
I-55, in Chicago
I-90, in Chicago
Control Cities in Photos: South Holland, Chicago, Skokie, Northfield, Gurnee

Westbound

   

Illinois welcome sign as Interstate 94 West / Interstate 80 West enter from Indiana.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West / Interstate 80 West at Exit 161: US 6 / IL 83 - Torrance Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West / Interstate 80 West at Exit 160: Interstate 94 West - Chicago / IL 394 South - Danville. Be in the rightmost two lanes here to go onto I-94 West ahead.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 75.8.  I-94 parallels I-80/I-294 here for a brief time before curving to the north ahead to head for downtown Chicago.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 75.2.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

This ramp on the left provides one last chance to return to Interstate 80 West / Interstate 294 North before Interstate 94 finally departs on its own to head north.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 74: IL 394 South - Danville  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 74.4, as it curves to the north to head for downtown Chicago.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 73B: US 6 East - 159th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 73A: US 6 West - 159th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 71B to Calumet City and Exit 71A to Dolton.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 71B: IL 83 East - Sibley Blvd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 71A: IL 83 West - Sibley Blvd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

The speed limit on Interstate 94 West begins at 55 mph for all traffic.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West assurance shield approaching the Little Calumet River.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West as it prepares to cross the Little Calumet River.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

This sign lists the three different exits to take to Illinois International Port.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 68B: 130th St East  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 68A: 130th St West  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 66A to Off-Track Wagering Facility.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 66B: 115th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 66A: 111th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 65: 103rd St / Stony Island Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West approaching Exit 63 - 1 mile on the left.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 63: Interstate 57 South - Memphis  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 63.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

View on Interstate 94 West. I-94 and I-90 in Chicago provide a lot of good views of commuter rail stations (called Metra stations in Chicago) like the one seen here.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 61B to Chicago State University.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 61B: 87th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Another view on Interstate 94 West of another Metra station.   (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 60C: 79th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Another commuter rail station view on Interstate 94 West.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 60B: 76th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Ahead, Interstate 90 West will join up with Interstate 94 West to form a duplex known as the Dan Ryan Expressway. To the south of downtown Chicago, the Dan Ryan is divided into Local and Express lanes as shown here. Ahead, be in the left 3 lanes to access the express lanes. To access all exits between here and Pershing Rd, use the local lanes via the two rightmost lanes in this photo.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 59C: 71st St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Since there is no direct access to Interstate 90 East (Chicago Skyway) from Interstate 94 West, this sign states that you should use Exit 59B to access Interstate 90 East via State St.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 59B: Marquette Rd / 67th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Approaching the junction of Interstate 90 West (beginning of the I-94/I-90 West duplex known as the Dan Ryan Expressway), the warning sign ahead shows that the speed limit in the local lanes is 45 mph. In the express lanes it is 55 mph.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West as Interstate 90 West prepares to join up with it to head for downtown Chicago. This photo shows the split to access the express lanes or local lanes.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West (Local Lanes) as it prepares to join up with the Local Lanes of Interstate 90 West to form the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94 West / I-90 West duplex).  I chose to use the local lanes to get better photos of the interchanges during the express/local lane configuration.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West assurance shields in between the local and express lanes of the duplex.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 58A: 59th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 57 to the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 57: Garfield Blvd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Again, the speed limit in the Local Lanes of Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West is 45 mph as shown by the speed limit sign here.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

View on Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) as the Chicago skyline finally comes into view ahead.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 56B: 47th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at an entrance to the express lanes on the left. If you choose to get in the express lanes at this point, the next exit you will have access to is 22nd St.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 56A: 43rd St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 55A to U.S. Cellular Field and Illinois Institute of Technology.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take any of the next 3 exits to Bronzeville Historic District.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 55B: Pershing Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 55A: 35th St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at mile marker 55.5.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 54: 31st St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) at Exit 53C: Interstate 55 North - Lake Shore Dr / 22nd St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

A closer view of the ramp for Exit 53C from the local lanes. Just ahead, the express lanes come to an end and merge back with the local lanes. This is a common spot for congestion to begin westbound on the Dan Ryan.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Local Lanes) as the local lanes prepare to merge with the express lanes at mile marker 54.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 53B: Interstate 55 South - St Louis  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Your typical congested midday view on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 53A: Canalport Ave / Cermak Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Another view on Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West (Dan Ryan Expressway) approaching downtown Chicago.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Another typical view on the Dan Ryan.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 52B: Roosevelt Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West approaching Exit 51H - 1/2 mile.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

This sign warns of a 13'8" maximum clearance for the next mile on Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West, as it prepares to tunnel under a few surface streets in downtown.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 51H: Interstate 290 West - West Suburbs  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

View of Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West on the ramp from Interstate 290.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 51D: Madison St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 51C: Washington Blvd East  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 51B: Randolph St West  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 51A: Lake St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West as the duplex prepares to tunnel underneath N Halsted St.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

View on Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West passing underneath N Halsted St.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West as the duplex prepares to pass underneath N Green St followed by W Hubbard St.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 50B: Ohio St East  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Just beyond Exit 50B, the leftmost lane prepares to come to an end in 1000 feet, reducing Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West to 4 lanes instead of 5.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 49B: Augusta Blvd / Milwaukee Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 49A: Division St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 48B to Ashland Ave.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Also take Exit 48B to the Chicago History Museum.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 48B: IL 64 - North Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West assurance shields beyond Exit 48B.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 48A: Armitage Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 47B: Damen Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 47A to Logan Blvd.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 47A: Fullerton Ave / Western Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 46B to California Ave.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 46B: Diversey Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West assurance shields.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Speed limit assurance sign north of Exit 46B. Speed Limit - 55 mph for all traffic.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 45C to Kedzie Ave.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 45C: Belmont Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 45B: Kimball Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 45A: Addison St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 44B to Wrigley Field / Cubs Remote Parking.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 44B: IL 19 - Pulaski Rd / Irving Park Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West approaching Exit 43B - 1 mile on the left.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

View on Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West approaching Exit 43D.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 43D: Kostner Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 43C: Montrose Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 43A: Wilson Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 / Interstate 90 West at Exit 43B: Interstate 90 West - O'Hare / Rockford  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Now that Interstate 90 has departed to the west, Interstate 94 West continues as the Edens Expressway, three lanes wide. This overhead sign warns that trucks are restricted to the two rightmost lanes.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

The speed limit remains 55 mph on the Edens Expressway segment of Interstate 94 West.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 42: Foster Ave West  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 41B: US 14 East - Peterson Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 41A: US 14 West - Caldwell Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 39A to Oakton Community College.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 39B: Touhy Ave East  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 39A: Touhy Ave West  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West assurance shield north of Exit 39A.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 37B to Northwestern University.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 37B: IL 58 East - Dempster St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 37A: IL 58 West - Dempster St  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 35 to the Illinois Halocaust Museum.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Also take Exit 35 to the Performing Arts Center.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 35: Old Orchard Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Another Interstate 94 West assurance shield.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 34C: Lake Ave East  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 34B: Lake Ave West  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West preparing to cross the Skokie River.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 33B: Willow Rd East  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 33A: Willow Rd West  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 30B: Dundee Rd East  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 30A: IL 68 West - Dundee Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 29: US 41 North - Waukegan  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Immediately beyond Exit 29, Interstate 94 enters the Edens Spur segment and will head directly west to meet up with Interstate 294. From there, I-94 will continue north/west as part of the Tri-State Tollway.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

View on Interstate 94 West as the Edens Spur segment of it begins and we curve to the left to head directly west toward the Tri-County Tollway.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Once heading directly west, this sign on the left welcomes us to the Illinois Tollway. The Edens Spur segment of Interstate 94 is tolled as well.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 29.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 28.25. All of the Illinois Tollway is marked by the quarter mile.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West approaching the Edens Spur Toll Plaza - 3/4 mile.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 27.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Nearing the toll plaza, cash customers must exit off to the right here for toll payment. The left two lanes are express lanes reserved for I-Pass and EZ Pass tag holders only.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Cars will owe $1.90 at the Edens Spur Toll Plaza.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at the Edens Spur Toll Plaza located at mile marker 26.5.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 26.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Trucks are only permitted to travel westbound on Deerfield Rd (Exit 24).  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

This sign warns of a 14'0" vertical clearance on the ramp to Deerfield Rd (Exit 24).  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 24: Deerfield Road  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

As traffic from Interstate 294 North prepares to merge into Interstate 94 West ahead, this sign warns that exiting from Interstate 94 West to Deerfield Rd from this point is prohibited.  The exit sign we will see ahead is only legally accessible from the ramp from I-294 North to I-94 West.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West as traffic from Interstate 294 North prepares to merge into it, continuing north/west as the Tri-State Tollway.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

This exit sign for Exit 24 (Deerfield Road) is for traffic merging onto Interstate 94 West from Interstate 294 North. As previously stated, exiting to Deerfield Rd at this point from I-94 West is prohibited.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

At mile marker 24, the speed limit increases to 65 mph for automobiles with a minimum speed limit of 45 mph.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

However, the truck speed limit increases only to 60 mph and remains that way for the remainder of Interstate 94 West in Illinois.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 23.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 21 to Long Grove Historic Village.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 21: IL 22 - Half Day Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West assurance shield north of Exit 21.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Speed limit assurance signs north of Exit 21. Again, the speed limit for automobiles is 65 mph with a minimum speed limit of 45 mph.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

But the speed limit remains 60 mph for trucks, as previously mentioned.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West approaching the Lake Forest Oasis - 3 miles. This sign also lists some of the services available at the oasis, as well as notifying motorists that it is the last one on the Tri-State Tollway.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 20.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 19: IL 60 - Town Line Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at the Lake Forest Oasis, located at mile marker 18.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

A closer view of the off ramp for the Lake Forest Oasis.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West as it passes underneath the Lake Forest Oasis.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

This sign warns that there is no re-entry westbound at the next exit (Exit 16).  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 16 to Libertyville, Mundelein, and Lake Bluff.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Also take Exit 16 to Lambs Farm.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 16: IL 176 - Rockland Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 15.5.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 13 to North Chicago Naval Station and Greek Oaks.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Also take Exit 13 to the Lake County Fairgrounds.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 13: IL 137 - Buckley Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 13.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

This sign warns that there is no re-entry to Interstate 94 West at Exit 11A ahead.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 11A to Waukegan.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 11B to Grayslake and Round Lake Communities.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 11A: IL 120 East - Belvidere Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 11B: IL 120 West - Belvidere Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 11.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 8B to Gurnee and Exit 8A to Gurnee Mills Circle.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

When the lights on this sign are flashing, it means that there is congestion on the off ramp for Exit 8B ahead.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 8B to Six Flags and Key Lime Cove.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Also take Exit 8B to Waukegan National Airport.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 8B: IL 132 East - Grand Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 8A: IL 132 West - Grand Ave  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

At mile marker 7.75 the speed limit increases to 70 mph for automobiles, which is standard on most rural Interstates in Illinois. The 45 mph minimum speed limit still applies.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

The speed limit remains 60 mph for trucks, however.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 7.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West approaching the Waukegan Toll Plaza, which is the final plaza on the Tri-State Tollway - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 6.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

At mile marker 5, we see the ramp on the right for cash customer toll payment. The overhead sign states that cars will owe $2.80 at the Waukegan Toll Plaza.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at the Waukegan Toll Plaza and its electronic toll gantry, located at mile marker 4.75.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Speed limit sign upon exiting the toll plaza. The speed limit for cars remains 70 mph the rest of the way through Illinois on Interstate 94 West.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Unlike before, a new speed limit sign pops up here stating that the speed limit for buses is now 65 mph. So we have 70 mph for cars, 65 mph for buses, and 60 mph for trucks........too many rules.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

As mentioned, the speed limit remains 60 mph for trucks.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 2 to Wadsworth, Zion, Antioch, and Richmond.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Also take Exit 2 to Illinois Beach State Park and North Point Marina.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

There is no re-entry to Interstate 94 West (Northbound, actually) at Exit 2.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 2 to Temple Lipizzans Farm.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 2: IL 173 - Rosecrans Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at mile marker 2.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

As the Tri-State Tollway comes to an end, this sign thanks you for using the Illinois Tollway.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Take Exit 1 to Bristol Renaissance Fair.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West at Exit 1: CR A1 - Russell Rd  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Interstate 94 West / US 41 North assurance shields north of Exit 1, approaching the Wisconsin border.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).

Advance signal for the Weigh Station just across the border as Interstate 94 West prepares to enter Wisconsin.  (Photo taken 5/21/16).