Originally Posted by bluie5
If you want to take I-94 I go around Chicago by taking I-90/I-94 to Rockford, paying one toll, to I-39 then to I-80 and pay one toll near the Illinois/Indiana state line. I can't remember how much each toll is. I've taken USH 30 from I-65 then to Ft. Wayne, IN then into Ohio. USH 30 is four lanes all the way to Ft. Wayne with stop lights but 65 mph limit between towns.
That is an option but taking I-39 south to I-80 adds 52 miles to the trip. Given gas prices this might almost be a wash. Here are your options as I see it from Beloit, WI to Portage, IN.
I-90 all the way
IL Tollway Tolls = $11.85
Chicago Skyway Tolls = $16.80
Total Tolls = $28.65
I-90 to I-94 to I-90 (Avoiding Skyway)
Total Tolls = $11.85
I-90 to I-294 to I-90 IN Toll Road
Total Tolls = $18.60
I-90 to I-39 to I-80 to I-90 IN Toll Road
Total Tolls = $4.55
Option 1 is the shortest distance, option 2 is the cheapest, and option 4 has the least traffic. If you travel through Chicago overnight you will have reduced tolls and traffic. If it were me I would choose option 2 as it is the cheapest rate and only 5 extra miles.
Be aware that I-90 between Rockford, IL and I-294 in Chicago is under construction as they widen it from 2 to 3 lanes. When I went through there 2 weeks ago there were two lanes open for all but about 2-3 miles. I traveled at 55mph (the speed limit) with little problem but there cops all over the place so watch your speed.
Hope this helps.