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Old 07-22-2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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Route help 2018 FROG International Rally

We are coming to the Rally from SD and would certainly like to bypass the Chicago traffic. We plan to travel as far as the Quad Cities on IA/IL border, then journey to Elkhart KOA - around Chicago (not through) prior to the start of the Rally. Pulling a 5er and don't want to deal with detours and/or tolls. Input?
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:08 PM   #2
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We are staying just out side Quad Cities on our way down from Canada. We where thinking it would be best to travel the tolls past Chicago early Sunday morning on our way to Goshen. If someone knows a better route we would be interested in hearing about it
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:42 PM   #3
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take I-80 East around the south side of Chicago to I-94 in Indiana for a few miles then take Highway 20 East to Elkhart then Highway 33 south to Goshen. Only one Toll which is very minimal maybe $1.50 I don't remember but it isn't much. Highway 20 is a 4 lane divided highway, is used to run that often before I retired from trucking.
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Old 07-23-2018, 04:19 PM   #4
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Smile Thanks!

We appreciate your insight on the Chicago by-pass! From the Rally, it is on to Bloomington IN and home via a different route.
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:26 PM   #5
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take I-80 East around the south side of Chicago to I-94 in Indiana for a few miles then take Highway 20 East to Elkhart then Highway 33 south to Goshen. Only one Toll which is very minimal maybe $1.50 I don't remember but it isn't much. Highway 20 is a 4 lane divided highway, is used to run that often before I retired from trucking.


Thanks for the confirmation and real life travel recommendations. Cheers
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:36 PM   #6
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In Illinois you can bypass the toll booths also. Just note the toll booth number, sign just past the toll booth, and go to illinois toll road on line and pay the toll, or wait till they mail it to you.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:04 PM   #7
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Take I 80 east (I 94 ties into I 80 a few miles before the Indiana border) to I 94 east (I 80 splits away from I 94 20 or so miles into Indiana, I 80 is toll I 94 is not) to US 20. The I 94/US 20 interchange is closed due to construction on the off ramps (not sure for how long). You can use US 421 towards Michigan City and pickup US 20 there. The section of this route from where I 94 meets I 80 until the I 65 interchange is very, very, very busy with truck traffic. Plan your timing to come through here in the early morning hours or very late at night if you don't want to be stuck in stop and go traffic. Don't go on Friday afternoon, that is when the Illinois people go to their summer homes in Michigan.I just traveled that route on my way to Niles, Mi. on Sunday. At 7 AM I was able to do 70 MPH. On my way back at 3 PM the speed was 30 MPH most of the way.
You will only have one toll in Illinois. It is $2.75 (4axles) with an Ipass or double that amount if you pay in cash.
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