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Old 07-14-2016, 12:20 PM   #11
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If you want to bypass Chicago completely you can stay on I-74 to Bloomington Illinois then north on 39/51.

We go to Oshkosh each year from Indianapolis. We always go thru Bloomington. In your case maybe 60 mile farther but much less stressful.

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It's 105 miles further than going through Chicago.....I've researched this as a long time Milwaukee to Indianapolis traveler. The SS Badger is probably the most relaxing way to do it. Drive 7 or so hours, get a 5 hour rest and then drive another hour and a half and be done. If you do take the ferry, let me know and I can send you the route to take and bypass some of the small towns along Lake Michigan.
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Ok 105 mile ?? I'll gladly do that not to see Chicago. Badger maybe ??

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Old 07-14-2016, 01:16 PM   #13
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If you want to bypass Chicago completely you can stay on I-74 to Bloomington Illinois then north on 39/51.

We go to Oshkosh each year from Indianapolis. We always go thru Bloomington. In your case maybe 60 mile farther but much less stressful.

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That would be my choice of travel plan. I will drive longer to have a comfortable drive. Chicago would be a white knuckle drive.
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Just FYI if you manage to go around Chicago but come through Milwaukee there is lots of construction in the Milwaukee area. Traffic can be just as bad as Chicago in some areas. May not last as long but depending on the time you come through it may be rough. The rest of the trip is pretty much smooth sailing. A little construction area in Oshkosh and Appleton areas but nothing major at all. Otherwise when you get to the door county area make a stop at door peninsula winery. Grab some fat Louis olive oil. Good stuff! Make sure you stop in fish creek and check out peninsula state park as well. Enjoy your trip and safe travels.

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Old 07-14-2016, 01:31 PM   #15
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If you want to bypass Chicago completely you can stay on I-74 to Bloomington Illinois then north on 39/51.

We go to Oshkosh each year from Indianapolis. We always go thru Bloomington. In your case maybe 60 mile farther but much less stressful.

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X2 Not a bad way to go either.
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Thanks to all who replied. The SS Badger appears to be an interesting way to go and we are considering the experience.

Thanks again!
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Just FYI if you manage to go around Chicago but come through Milwaukee there is lots of construction in the Milwaukee area. Traffic can be just as bad as Chicago in some areas. May not last as long but depending on the time you come through it may be rough. The rest of the trip is pretty much smooth sailing. A little construction area in Oshkosh and Appleton areas but nothing major at all. Otherwise when you get to the door county area make a stop at door peninsula winery. Grab some fat Louis olive oil. Good stuff! Make sure you stop in fish creek and check out peninsula state park as well. Enjoy your trip and safe travels.

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If you come up 74 to 39 and then 43, you would not want to go towards Oshkosh/Appleton anyways. You would stay on 43 North towards Green Bay. It's 30 Miles less and it makes a direct connection to Hwy 57 in Green Bay. If you took 41, you have to deal with Oshkosh and construction in Appleton, not to mention the construction in Green Bay which is an ongoing 5 year project.

Like I said, it's out of the way, actually 113 miles, but to avoid Chicago it may be worth it while towing....however it does make a LONG day.

I've traveled to or through Green Bay hundreds of times from the south side of Milwaukee, and I would take I-43 any day over 41.



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Thanks JustB_Rad for mapping out this route. Considering the traffic around the Chicago area the extra milage seems to be a reasonable trade off for sure.
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Thanks JustB_Rad for mapping out this route. Considering the traffic around the Chicago area the extra milage seems to be a reasonable trade off for sure.
As far as a trade, it really depends on the time of day you might hit Chicago. That's the biggest problem with the place! The ferry for you might be the best option, simply because then you won't have to put in a 14 hour day of driving! We just did 640 Miles in one day, both ways of our vacation and that's A LOT of windshield time for 1 day. Definitely doable, but still A LOT!
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If you come up 74 to 39 and then 43, you would not want to go towards Oshkosh/Appleton anyways. You would stay on 43 North towards Green Bay. It's 30 Miles less and it makes a direct connection to Hwy 57 in Green Bay. If you took 41, you have to deal with Oshkosh and construction in Appleton, not to mention the construction in Green Bay which is an ongoing 5 year project.

Like I said, it's out of the way, actually 113 miles, but to avoid Chicago it may be worth it while towing....however it does make a LONG day.

I've traveled to or through Green Bay hundreds of times from the south side of Milwaukee, and I would take I-43 any day over 41.




This is true. I just leave from the Madison area when we head up so it is much easier to go up 41. I completely forget about 43.
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