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Interstate 294

Interstate 294 is the main by-pass around the Chicago-Metro Area. Starting on the southside near South Holland, IL and heading west and north to near Deerfield, IL on the northwest side of Chicago. This is also a major north-south artiery in the Chicago Highway System. The entire lenghth of I-294 is maintained by the Illinois Toll Highway Authority. It carries the name "Tri-State Tollway".

While in Illinois, I-294 is multi- plexed.

I-294 is multi-plexed with...

...Interstate 80, from Country Club Hills to South Holland.


Along I-294, on the southside of the Chicago Metro area it crossed I-57. There is not interchange at this crossing. Making it one of the few places in the United States that two interstate highways cross, but do not have direct connection. The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has approved a $1.8 billion dollar package which includes money to pay for an interchange to be built at this crossing. As of now traffic has to use I-80 or local roads, U.S. Rt. 6, at their connection between the two interstates. The interchange is due to be open by 2013.*

I-294 crosses the following interstates in Illinois.

Interstate 94, (Bishop Ford Freeway/Kingery Expressway) at South Holland.
Interstate 80, (Kingery Expressway/Tri-State Tollway) at South Holland.

Overhead signs on EB I-80/SB I-294.

Another set of BGS's on EB I-80/SB I-294.

EB I-80/SB I-294 just over 2 miles from I-94. (Nov., 2007)

A set of BGS's one mile from the interchange in South Holland. (Sept., 2007)

EB I-80/SB I-294 a half mile from I-94/IL St Rt 394. (Sept., 2007)

A BGS on EB I-80/SB I-294. (Sept., 2007)

EB I-80/SB I-294 at I-94. (Sept., 2007)

Interstate 80, at Country Club Hills.

The first BGS on SB I-294.

SB I-294 near I-80.

SB I-294 one mile from I-80.

SB I-294 at I-80.

A BGS 2 miles from the split of I-80/294 on WB I-80/NB I-294.

A BGS on WB I-80/NB I-294.

NB I-294 near WB I- 80.

The split of I-80/294 on WB I-80/NB I-294.

Interstate 57, at Harvey. (NO INTERCHANGE)

A BGS on SB I-294 at 159th Street.
Interstate 55, (Stevenson Expressway) at Hinsdale.

A BGS on SB I-294.

SB I-294 at I- 55.

NB I-294 two and a half miles from I-55.

NB I-294 over a mile from I-55.

NB I-294 near I-55.

NB I-294 at NB I-55.

NB I-294 at SB I-55.
Interstate 88, (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) at Hillside.

NB I-294 two miles from I-88.

NB I-294 one mile from I-88.

A lane marker on NB I-294 for I- 88.

NB I-294 at I- 88.

SB I-294 near I-88. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 at I-88. (February, 2009)

Interstate 290, (Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway/290 Extention) at Hillside.

NB I-294 one mile from I-290.

NB I-294 a half mile from I-290.

NB I-294 at EB I-290.

NB I-294 at WB I-290.

SB I-294, five miles from I-290. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 one mile from I-290. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 a half mile from I-290. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 at WB I-290. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 one mile from EB I-290. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 near EB I-290. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 at EB I-290. (February, 2009)

Interstate 190, (John F. Kennedy Expressway) at O'Hare International Airport.
Interstate 90, (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) at O'Hare International Airport.

BGS on NB I-294 for I- 90/190.

NB I-294 near I- 90/190.

NB I-294 at I- 90/190.
Interstate 94, (Tri-State Tollway) at Deerfield.

Toll Plazas on I-294

163rd Street Toll Plaza Number 41 at Country Club Hills Toll=$0.40 Cars with I-PASS; $0.80 Cars with Cash.

SB I-294 near the 163rd Street Toll Plaza.

The stop ahead signs for the plaza.

The 163rd Street Toll Plaza.

The first sign for the plaza on SB I-294. (Sept. 2006)

The price sign on SB I-294. (Sept. 2006)

Lane makers on SB I-294. (Sept. 2006)

The first main line toll warning sign on NB I-294. (January, 2009)

Lane markers on NB I-294. (January, 2009)

The entrance to the cash lanes on NB I-294. (January, 2009)

The stop ahead sign for the cash lanes on NB I-294. (January, 2009)

NB I-294 at the 163rd Street Toll Plaza. (January, 2009)

The I-PASS lanes on NB I-294 at 163rd Street. (January, 2009)

83rd Street Toll Plaza Number 39 at Bridgeview Toll=$0.40 Cars with I-PASS; $0.80 Cars with Cash. (NORTHBOUND ONLY)

First toll warning sign.

NB I-294 near the 83rd Street Toll Plaza.

NB I-294 nearing the 83rd Street Toll.

NB I-294 at the 83rd Street Toll Plaza.

NB I-294 at the first toll warning sign for the 83rd Street Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

NB I-294 1/2 mile from the 83rd Street Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

NB I-294 at the exit for the cash lanes. (February, 2009)

NB I-924 at the 83rd Street Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

NB I-294 at the I-PASS lanes. (February, 2009)
82nd Street Toll Plaza Number 36 at Bridgeview Toll=$0.40 Cars with I-PASS; $0.80 Cars with Cash. (SOUTHBOUND ONLY)

The first set of overhead signs on SB I-294. (Sept. 2006)

A set of lane markers near the plaza. (Sept. 2006)

The 82nbd Street Toll Plaza. (Sept. 2006)

SB I-294 at the 82nd St Toll Plaza I-PASS Lanes. (February, 2009)
Cermak Road Toll Plaza Number 35 near Hillside Toll=$0.40 Cars with I-PASS; $0.80 Cars with Cash.

Toll warning sign. (2004)

NB I-24 at the Cermak Toll Plaza. (2004)

The first toll warning sign on NB I-294. (Nov., 2005)

The lane markers on NB I-294. (Nov., 2005)

The Cermak Toll Plaza on NB I-294. (Nov., 2005)

The first toll warning sign on NB I-294. (February, 2009)

NB I-294 a quarter mile from the plaza. (February, 2009)

Lane makers on NB I-294 at the Cermak plaza. (February, 2009)

The stop ahead sign on NB I-294 for the plaza. (February, 2009)

The Cermak Road Toll Plaza on NB I-294. (February, 2009)

The I-Pass Lanes on NB I-294 at the Cermak Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

NB I-294 under one mile from the Cermak Toll. (June, 2013)

NB I-294 near the Cermak Toll. (June, 2013)

Irving Park Road Toll Plaza Number 33 near Franklin Park. (SOUTHBOUND ONLY)

SB I-294 near the Irving Road Toll Plaza near O'Hare.

SB I-294 at the Irving Park Road Toll Plaza.

SB I-294 entering the Irving Park Road Toll Plaza.

SB I-294 3/4 mile from the Irving Park Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 a quarter mile from the plaza. (February, 2009)

A set of lane markers on SB I-294. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 at the Irving Park Road Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

The I-PASS lanes at the Irving Park Road Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

SB I-294 a half mile from the plaza. (June, 2013)

SB I-294 a quarter mile from the plaza. (June, 2013)

SB I-294 near the plaza. (June, 2013)

SB I-294 at the plaza. (June, 2013)

Touhy Ave. Toll Plaza Number 29 near Park Ridge. (NORTHBOUND ONLY)

Toll warning sign.

Lane markers for the plaza. The fly over ramps behind the sign are for NB I-294 to WB I-90 and SB I-294 to EB I-90.

Another set of lane markers.

Stop ahead sign.

NB I-294 at the Touhy Toll.

The I-PASS Lanes at the Touhy Toll.

NB I-294 one mile from the Touhy Toll Plaza. (February, 2009)

NB I-294 a half mile from the plaza. (February, 2009)

The lane markers on NB I-294. (February, 2009)

Another set of lane markers on NB I-294. (February, 2009)

The stop ahead sign for the cash lanes on NB I-294. (February, 2009)

The Touhy Toll Plaza on NB I-294. (February, 2009)

The I-PASS lanes on NB I-294. (February, 2009)


Names on I-294 in Illinois

Tri-State Tollway, the entire length in Illinois.


Info on the parent route to I-294.



The northern most point on I-294. This is where the lanes from I-294 (left lanes) merge with I-94 (right lanes).

The northern end of I-294. This is the start of the interchange with I-94 at Deerfield.

NB I-294 south of U.S. Rt. 14.

A BGS on WB U.S. Rt. 12/NB U.S. Rt. 45.

Another guide sign on SB U.S. Rt. 12/45 near O'Hare.

Guide marker on EB I-190.

NB I-294, near O'Hare.

SB I-294 near the O'Hare Oasis.

SB I-294 near the Bensenville curve.

SB I-294 at Bensenville.

A BGS on EB IL St Rt 64.

A set of guide markers on WB IL St Rt 64.

A set of guide markers on WB IL St Rt 64.

A guide BGS on WB I-290.

Overhead sign on I-88 for I- 294.

A junction marker on WB U.S. Rt. 34.

Looking north along I-294 from the Hinsdale Oasis.

SB I-294 at the Hinsdale Oasis.

NB I-294 north of I-55.

NB I-294 near I-55.

A BGS on NB U.S. Rt. 12/45; WB U.S. Rt. 20.

A BGS on WB U.S. Rt. 12/20.

BGS on WB U.S. Rt. 12/20.

SB I -294 near Oak Lawn.

SB I-294 near Robbins.

SB I-294 at I-57.

A junction marker on EB U.S. Rt. 6.

BGS's at the ramps from EB U.S. Rt. 6 to I-294.

SB I-294 at 163rd Street.

A mileage chart east of I-355 on I-80.

SB I-294 at IL St Rt 1

A junction marker on NB IL St Rt 1.

A junction marker on SB IL St Rt 1.

A set of markers on SB IL St Rt 1.

A BGS on SB IL St Rt 1.

A junction marker on NB IL St Rt 1.

A junction marker on NB IL St Rt 1.

EB I-80/SB I-294 east of IL St Rt 1.

SB I-294 at a quarry near the Lincoln Oasis.

EB I-80/SB I-294 at the Lincoln Oasis. (2004)

WB I-80/NB I-294 at the Lincoln Oasis. (September, 2006)

A BGS on EB I-94.

A BGS on SB IL St Rt 394.

This is the southern end point of I-294. EB I-80 keeps heading west.

End I-294 sign at I-94/80; IL St Rt 394 in South Holland.

The southern end of I-294 at South Holland. (July, 2007)

A close-up of the end marker. (July, 2007)

EB I-80/SB I-294 at the "0" mile marker for the Tri-State Tollway and I-294. (Sept., 2007)

The southern end of I-294. (September, 2010)

The southern end marker. (September, 2010)
* "Interchange coming in 2013; Joliet Herald News 23 November 2008

27 September 2013