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Interstate 294

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Interstate 294 marker

Interstate 294
Tri-State Tollway
I-294 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-94
Maintained by ISTHA
Length53.45 mi[1] (86.02 km)
Existed1957[citation needed]–present
HistoryCompleted 1968[citation needed]
Major junctions
South end I-80 / I-94 / IL 394 in Lansing
North end
I-94 / Lake Cook Road in Northbrook
Highway system
I-290IL 336

Interstate 294 (I-294) is a tolled auxiliary Interstate Highway in northeastern Illinois. It forms the southern portion of the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois. I-294 runs from South Holland at I-80/I-94, and Illinois Route 394 (IL 394) to Northbrook at I-94. I-294 is 53.42 miles (85.97 km) long; 5.32 miles (8.56 km) are shared with I-80.[1] It serves as a bypass around the city of Chicago. I-294 is also the longest auxiliary route of I-94, at 10 miles (16 km) longer than I-494 in Minneapolis–Saint Paul. In addition the tollway is the longest auxiliary Interstate Highway in Illinois.

Route description

I-294 has four of the Tri-State Tollway's six mainline barriers. These are located at:

  • 163rd Street
  • 82nd Street (southbound) and 83rd Street (northbound)
  • Cermak Road
  • Irving Park Road (IL 19; southbound) and Touhy Avenue (northbound)

The other two barriers are on I-94.


The portion of the Borman Expressway that was completed from Gary westward and the Kingery Expressway were originally designated as I-80, I-90, and I-294 from shortly after the Interstate Highway program was enacted until about 1965, when the connection between the Borman and the Indiana Toll Road was completed, and I-90 was swapped with I-94 west of that junction (and east of where those routes share the same road in Chicago), cutting back I-294 to its current south terminus (eliminating the Indiana part of I-294). Indiana later proposed to extend I-294 east on the current Borman Expressway to Indiana State Route 912, before having it turn north at that point, west at U.S. Route 12, and then back to I-94, most likely somewhere on the Bishop Ford Freeway near 130th Street. The request was denied.[citation needed]

I-294 was built largely before the growth and maturation of the suburbs that run along the corridor. As a result, the vast majority of the interchanges are partial, or were configured to have entrance ramps feeding the toll plazas. Gaps between exit ramps are common, the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) gap between Cicero Avenue (IL 50/IL 83) and 95th Street (US 12/US 20) being one of the more notable ones. Partial interchanges are located at Roosevelt Road (IL 38; northbound exit, southbound entrance), Irving Park Road (IL 19) (southbound exit, northbound entrance), Touhy Avenue (northbound exit, southbound entrance), Dempster Street (US 14; northbound exit, southbound entrance), and Golf Road (IL 58; southbound exit, northbound entrance). Several former partial interchanges have been converted to full interchanges, with automated toll collection facilities on the new ramps, such as at 159th Street (US 6; northbound on and southbound off added) and 95th Street (US 12/US 20; southbound on and northbound off added). The 79th Street exit was moved to 75th Street/Willow Springs Road, and made a complete interchange in the same manner.[citation needed]

From 1992-1993, the central portion of Interstate 294 between Interstate 90 and 95th Street was widened to eight lanes.[2] Between 2006-2009, the southern and northern portions of I-294 (IL-394 to 95th Street and I-90 to Lake Cook Road respectively) were fully reconstructed and expanded, bringing the entire highway up to eight lanes.

Move Illinois Program construction

I-294 southbound, at the intersection with I-90 near O'Hare Airport
I-294 southbound, at the intersection with I-90 near O'Hare Airport

As part of the $12 billion Move Illinois capital program, ISTHA and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are partnering to construct a new, all-electronic interchange to connect I-294 to I-57. In 2014, ISTHA completed the primary interchange connections between I-294 and I-57 and at 147th Street. The remaining ramps to complete the interchange will be completed in 2023–24.[3]

Additionally, ISTHA will rebuild the central portion of Interstate 294 between 95th Street and Balmoral Avenue.[4] When this portion of I-294 is rebuilt, it will be widened up to five or six lanes in each direction, get wider shoulders for buses and get active traffic management features that are currently in use on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway as part of its rebuilding and widening project.[5][6]

Exit list

The entire route is in Cook County.

Lansing0.000.00 I-80 east / I-94 east / US 6 east (Kingery Expressway) – IndianaSouthern terminus; southern end of I-80 concurrency; southern end of US 6 concurrency (NB lanes only)
161 US 6 west / IL 83 (Torrence Avenue)Exit number follows I-80; no southbound entrance; northern end of US 6 concurrency (NB lanes only); only free exit northbound
LansingThornton Township line0 I-94 west (Bishop Ford Freeway) – Chicago
IL 394 south (Calumet Expressway) – Danville
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern terminus of Tri-State Tollway; I-94 exit 74B
South Holland0.901.45Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
East Hazel Crest2.834.552 IL 1 (Halsted Street)Signed as exits 2A (north) and 2B (south)
4.336.974Dixie HighwaySouthbound exit and northbound entrance
Hazel Crest5.268.475 I-80 west to I-57 south – IowaNorthern end of I-80 concurrency; I-80 exit 155
5.819.35163rd Street Toll Plaza
Markham6.4810.436 US 6 (159th Street)Signed as exits 6A (east) and 6B (west)
Blue Island7.7512.477 I-57 south to I-80 west – MemphisI-Pass only; southbound exit and northbound entrance; full interchange opening 2023–24; I-57 exit 349
8.3313.418 IL 83 (147th Street / Sibley Boulevard)I-Pass only; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Alsip12.1319.5212 IL 50 (Cicero Avenue / 4800 West) / IL 83 (127th Street)Signed as exits 12A (south) and 12B (north)
Hickory Hills17.6328.3717 US 12 / US 20 (95th Street) / 76th AvenueSigned as exits 17A (east) and 17B (west) southbound; no northbound signage for 76th Avenue
19.3731.1783rd Street Toll Plaza (northbound)
19.7831.8382nd Street Toll Plaza (southbound)
Justice20.4532.91 US 12 / US 20 / US 45 (La Grange Road) / IL 171 (Archer Avenue)Southbound entrance only
Des Plaines River21.20–
Mile-Long Bridge
2275th Street / Willow Springs Road (10800 West)
Indian Head Park23.20–
23 I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) – Chicago, St. Louis
Historic US 66 (Joliet Road)
Signed as Exit 23A (north) and Exit 23B (south) northbound; no exit number southbound; no southbound entrance from I-55 south. (Access from I-55 South to I-294 South is via US 12-20-45 La Grange Rd. and is signed as such on I-55.); I-55 exit 277; southbound exit and northbound entrance provide access from and to Joliet Road
23.4237.6923BWolf Road (11200 West)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Hinsdale25.1340.44Hinsdale Oasis
Western Springs27.5744.3727 US 34 (Ogden Avenue)Signed as exits 27A (east) and 27B (west)
Oak Brook29.4047.3129
I-88 west / IL 110 (CKC) west (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – Aurora
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-88 exit 138
29.6347.6829Cermak Road (22nd Street)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
30.0048.28Cermak Road Toll Plaza
Hillside30.6449.3130 IL 38 (Roosevelt Road / 1200 South)Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 30A (east) and 30B (west)
I-88 west / IL 110 (CKC) west (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – Aurora
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
I-290 east / IL 110 (CKC) east (Eisenhower Expressway) – Chicago
Signed as exit 31 northbound; I-290 exit 15
Elmhurst33.7654.3333 I-290 west to US 20 / IL 64 – RockfordSigned as exit 31 northbound; I-290 exit 13A
I-490 north (O'Hare Western Bypass)
Future interchange
Schiller Park37.9661.09O'Hare Oasis (Gas station only)
38.4161.8138 IL 19 (Irving Park Road (4000 North))Southbound exit and northbound entrance; signed as exits 38A (east) and 38B (west)
38.8962.59Irving Park Toll Plaza (southbound)
Rosemont39.9164.2339Balmoral AvenueI-Pass only on northbound exit ramp; northbound exit and southbound entrance
40.4265.0540A I-190 west (Kennedy Expressway) / River Road – O'HareSigned as exit 40 northbound; I-190 exits 1C-D; northbound exit to River Road only
I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway / Kennedy Expressway) – Rockford, Chicago
Signed as exit 40 northbound; I-90 exits 77 and 78
Park Ridge41.6467.01Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza (northbound)
42.2868.0442Touhy AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 42A (east) and 42B (west)
Des Plaines44.3271.3344 US 14 (Dempster Street)Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 44A (east) and 42B (west)
45.3472.9745 IL 58 (Golf Road)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Glenview49.0278.8948Willow Road
Northbrook52.7584.8952Lake Cook RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance

I-94 west (Tri-State Tollway north) – Wisconsin
Northern terminus; northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-94 exit 25B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. ^ P. Davis Szymczak (September 27, 1991). "Widening of Tri-State could begin in October". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2010.
  3. ^ Staff. "I-294/I-57 Interchange Fact Sheet". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on May 26, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "Move Illinois: Fact Sheets" (PDF). Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 22, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Wronski, Richard. "Tollway to Add 'Smart Highway' Features Too". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Wronski, Richard. "Tollway Working on Plan to Rebuild, Maybe Widen, Tri-State". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. System Map (Map). Downers Grove: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
  8. ^ "Toll Rates by Plaza (For Years 2009+)" (PDF). Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 12, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2009.

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