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Because that's about how long it takes at this time of day during the week. On that route, in addition to the almost-always very heavy traffic (shown by the red areas on the Google Maps route) there's also frequent construction zones, which are often lane reductions to boot. Too, this moment on Friday is right in the middle of "rush hour" (a phrase ...


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Heavy traffic in busy cities is normal. It would be similar if you were trying to get in and out of NYC or Boston or San Francisco at this hour. Is this news? The smarter way is a perfectly nice train that runs from O'Hare to downtown Chicago straight shot: $5. It'll let you off blocks from anywhere in the Loop, or you can get an Uber at that point. ...


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The fantastic Lakefront Trail would be a great choice, a paved path that extends for 18 miles along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It runs from Ardmore on the North Side to 71st on the South Side. It's a very lively path (pedestrians have the right of way) and a great way to 'see' the city. Run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake ...


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The red areas show traffic. There is currently construction which adds 12 minutes and there is a road closure. This graph shows traffic statistics for this route:


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Illinois Tollway explains it all: How can I tell if my I-PASS transponder is working? When driving through a ramp or mainline toll plaza, I-PASS users can look for the yellow and blue lights at the end of the lane on the left side. This light indicates the account status. A blue light = successful I-PASS transaction A blue and a yellow light = ...


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You may also have "Avoid Tolls" selected in your Google Maps settings, as that route is using surface roads (River, Harlem) instead of the expressways for the first half of the trip. But, given the time of day and typical delays/accidents on either expressway routes (I90, I294/290) it's possible that was the fastest option.


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