Golden Corridor

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The Golden Corridor in the Chicago metropolitan area

The Golden Corridor is the area around the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, formerly known as the Northwest Tollway (Interstate 90) in the Chicago metropolitan area.[1] It is coined as such since the corridor generates a "gold" mine of economic profit for communities in the area. Several Fortune 500 company headquarters, office parks, industrial parks, exhibition and entertainment centers, medical facilities, hotels, shopping centers, and restaurants are located along the Golden Corridor. With the exception of the O'Hare area of Chicago, all of the communities located in this region are part of a larger region known as the "Northwest Suburbs".

Cities and villages[edit]

Cities and villages located within the scope of the Golden Corridor include:

Major companies[edit]

A view of the Rosemont area

Several important companies are headquartered in or have a significant presence in the corridor. They include:

Educational institutions[edit]

A variety of higher educational institutions are located along the Golden Corridor, ranging from branch locations to community colleges to four year colleges.

Shopping centers[edit]

View of the area around Woodfield Mall

Ranging from regional indoor malls to chic lifestyle centers, "the Golden Corridor" is a bustling center of retail activity. Major shopping centers include:

Entertainment and exhibition centers[edit]

From major arenas to convention centers to theaters to gambling centers, the Golden Corridor is a thriving entertainment center. Major facilities include:

Healthcare facilities[edit]

Located within five miles (8 km) of the Northwest Tollway are a variety of major hospitals, including:

Hotels and restaurants[edit]

Nearly every national hotel and restaurant chain can be found along the corridor, as well as numerous independently owned and local chains.

The highest concentration of hotels can be found in the Schaumburg/Arlington Heights and Rosemont/O'Hare areas, with secondary concentrations in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, and Itasca.

Transportation infrastructure[edit]

Air transport[edit]

Mass transit[edit]

  • Metra's STAR Line is a proposed commuter rail line slated to operate along the Golden Corridor of Interstate 90, extending from O'Hare International Airport westward to the Prairie Stone Business Park in Hoffman Estates, with several stops in between.
  • Metra's Union Pacific/Northwest Line, North Central Service, and Milwaukee District/West Line all offer commuter rail service to northwest suburban communities in the area.
  • CTA's Blue Line is a rapid transit train line which terminates at O'Hare and has stops at Rosemont and Cumberland, with additional stops further east, providing access to downtown Chicago and the entire CTA system.
  • Pace and CTA both offer scheduled fixed-route bus service to the area, with numerous routes. Pace's headquarters are located within the scope of the corridor, in Arlington Heights.

Limited access highways[edit]

  • Interstate 90 is the primary interstate highway in the area, providing high-speed limited-access transportation for the corridor. In addition to providing direct highway access to many of the local roads, communities, and amenities of the Golden Corridor, it also provides access to Rockford to the west and downtown Chicago to the east, and extends coast-to-coast, from Seattle to Boston.
  • Interstate 190 provides direct access from Interstate 90 to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport.
  • Interstate 290/Illinois Route 53 is a limited access highway that intersects Interstate 90 in Schaumburg near Woodfield Mall. It provides access to the northwest suburbs to the north and to the western suburbs to the south and east, as well as access to downtown Chicago.
  • Interstate 294 ("Tri-State Tollway") is a limited access north-south highway that intersects Interstate 90 near Rosemont. It provides access to the northern suburbs to the north, as well as the western and southern suburbs to the south.
  • The Elgin-O'Hare Expressway is a limited access highway that runs from U.S. Route 20 in Hanover Park to Thorndale Road in Itasca, providing local access for communities in that area

Highways and roads[edit]

Local east-west highways that serve the region include Stearns Road, U.S. Route 20 (Lake Street), Illinois Route 19 (Irving Park Road), Thorndale Road, Biesterfield Road, Devon Avenue, Illinois Route 72 (Higgins Road and Touhy Road), Schaumburg Road, Illinois Route 58 (Golf Road), Illinois Route 62 (Algonquin Road), Kirchoff Road, Dempster Street, Oakton Street, Euclid Avenue, Central Road, U.S. Route 14 (Northwest Highway), U.S. Route 12 (Rand Road), Palatine Road, Illinois Route 68 (Dundee Road), Huntley Road, and Big Timber Road.

Local north-south highways that serve the region include Illinois Route 47, Randall Road, Illinois Route 31, Illinois Route 25, Beverly Road, Illinois Route 59, Bartlett Road, Barrington Road, Springinsguth Road, Ela Road, Roselle Road, Plum Grove Road, Quentin Road, Meacham Road, Arlington Heights Road, Illinois Route 83 (Elmhurst Road and Busse Road), York Road, Mount Prospect Road, Wolf Road, U.S. Route 45 (River Road and Lee Street/Mannheim Road), and Illinois Route 171 (Cumberland Avenue).

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