We lived in Berwyn (how is that for close?). Did you check on the CG to see if they are still open?
Getting to i65 can be a real PAIN with all the truck traffic on i80 (as you already know, not much fun towing on i80). That is if you try it during the day. We have made 3 trips to Chicago (mom/sister are in Aurora). We found the best, fastest way(getting into and out of), was taking i294 down to i57. Use Cermak Road to i294 which should not be bad depending on when you leave,
Illinois: Cermak Road down to i57 and i57 down to i24.
Kentucky: Stayed on i24
Tennessee: Stay on i24 it goes around Nashville, to Chattanooga switch over to i75.
Georgia: i75 (bypass around Atlanta and bypass around Macon)
Florida: i75....Not sure where on the East coast of Florida you are going.. but I would recommend staying off of I95 as much as possible, because of the construction traffic relating to the hurricane that made a mess of the east coast of Florida.. so here are 3 Florida alternatives:
Northeast part of Florida : i10
Central part of Florida: Florida Turnpike (Toll - goes via Orlando)
Southern part of the east coast of FL: i75 (Miami - Alligator Alley - count the alligators sunning on the shores along the way) Gas up before getting on alligator alley.
Good luck, drive safely, it is a GREAT ride... 4 lanes all the way (even Cermak Road) Please check for construction before leaving, that may be the only problem with this route.
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