The Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge is the only toll highway in Illinois that is not operated by the Illinois Toll Highway Authority. The skyway is a seven (7) mile, elevated, divided highway connecting the Dan Ryan Expressway to the Indiana East-West Toll Road. A interesting item about the skyway is that the miles are labeled opposite of interstate standards.
The City of Chicago has reached a 1.8 Billion Dollar deal to lease the skyway to Cintra-Macquarie. The deal is for the next 99-years. Cintra-Marquarie was one of four bidders. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley expects the money from the lease will be used to pay off current skyway debt and other city debt.*
In June, 2005 the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge started to take I-PASS as a form of payment. I-PASS is the electronic toll collection device that is used on the four Illinois tollways. On the skyway, I-PASS users will not get the 50% discount on tolls that they get on the four Illinois tollways. The toll for the skyways will be $2.50 cash or I-PASS for passenger cars.**
The Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge may be getting a new name. This would put the potential suitors name in from of about 17 million users each year.***The Chicago Skyway passes through the following city.
Chicago The Chicago Skyway does not carry any highway designation. Originally, it was signed as a portion of Interstate 90. Recently, the City of Chicago discovered the Chicago Skyway never received interstate designation. Thus, all the I-90 signs along the skyway had a "TO" sign placed over them. It is listed by the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the State of Illinois interstate milage.
Notice the "TO" banner over the I-90/94 shields.
The Chicago Skyway crosses the following interstates.