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John F. Kennedy Expressway

The John F. Kennedy Expressway runs east-west in the Chicago Area. It starts at the Circle Interchange in Downtown Chicago and runs to O'Hare International Airport. The CTA Blue Line runs between the in and outbound lanes of the expressway.

This expressway opened in 1960. The orignial name was the Northwest Expressway. It was renamed to honor the late president in 1963.

In Downtown Chicago the expressway was designed with many exits 500 feet apart. In recent years the IDOT has closed a few of the exits to make this strech of highway safer.

The Kennedy Expressway passes through the following towns in Illinois.
Chicago

The Kennedy Expressway is controlled by the Illinois Department of Tranportation.


The Kennedy Expressway crossed the following interstates in Illinois.
Interstate 290, (Eisenhower Expressway) at Chicago.

SB Kennedy at I-290.

Interstate 94, (Edens Expressway) at Chicago.

NB Kennedy at I-94.

NB Kennedy at I-94.

Interstate 90, (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) at Chicago.
Interstate 190, at Chicago.
Interstate 294, (Tri-State Tollway) at Chicago.

NB Kennedy near I-90/190/294.

NB Kennedy at I-90/190/294.


Interstates posted on the Kennedy Expressway.

Interstate 90, from Downtown Chicago to near O'Hare International Airport.
Interstate 94, from Downtown Chicago to the Edens Expressway.

Interstate 190, at O'Hare International Airport.


The BGS's in Downtown Chicago show distance in feet due to the closeness of the exits.

SB Kennedy in the Loop.

WB I-90/94 near Madison Street in Chicago.

WB I-90/94 near Washington Street in Chicago.

WB I-90/94 near Lake Street in Chicago.

WB I-90/94 near Fulton in Chicago.

WB I-90/94 near Hubbard Street in Chicago.

BGS for the exits in the loop.

SB Kennedy near Ohio Street.

NB Kennedy near Ohio Street.

NB Kennedy near Chicago Ave.

SB Kennedy near North Ave.

SB Kennedy northwest of Downtown Chicago.

NB Kennedy near Addison.

The BGS for the express lanes on SB Kennedy.

SB Kennedy EB I-90.

NB Kennedy near Lawrence.

NB Kennedy near Milwaukee.

SB Kennedy at Foster Ave.

SB Kennedy near Harlem Ave.

NB Kennedy west of I-294/Tri-State Tollway.

NB Kennedy at O'Hare. This is the first sign indicating you are now at the airport.

BBS (Big Blue Sign) for the different areas of the airport on NB Kennedy.

NB Kennedy at O'Hare.

2 January 2011